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Join Smule and change how music is made, shared, and discovered.

At Smule, we create social music-making experiences for everyone, no talent required. We are a diverse bunch of musicians, techies, designers, engineers, and real-life rock stars who believe that everyone is inherently creative.

Based in the sunny and beautiful South of Market in San Francisco, California, our office boasts of an open floor plan with lots of natural light, a jam session space with a grand piano, bass guitar, an electric guitar, a drum set, and much more. Our neighborhood is located a few steps away from AT&T Ballpark with an abundance of restaurants, wine bars, art events, parks, and museums to satisfy your palate.

Benefits

At Smule, our employees can take advantage of a wide variety of options to make working here a blast!

The Normal Stuff

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • 401K
  • HSA
  • Pre-tax commuter and parking programs
  • Awesome work equipment
  • SUPER flexible work and vacation schedule

Food stuff

  • Fully stocked kitchen with snacks, refreshments and fresh fruit delivered twice a week
  • Catered lunch twice a week, catered breakfast thrice a week
  • Daily dinner after 6pm

Additional Stuff

  • A huge area with way too many instruments for impromptu employee jam sessions
  • Fun Workshops (beer tasting, ukulele, bike, recycling, crossfit, etc)
  • Staff events, outings, team-building opportunities (rafting, summer party with talent show, ski trips)
  • Last Friday of the month birthday celebration with too many sweets!
  • Yoga on site twice a month

Open Positions

Video Engineer

Smule is looking for a video engineer! First and foremost, you will be helping to make our community of music makers look great. You should have a deep understanding and passion for all aspects of video encoding and playback. You'll deal with all parts of the pipeline from ingestion, to creative processing/compositing/music sync, to encoding, and to mobile and web delivery.

Responsibilities:
  • Build and maintain low latency, high performance, scalable video systems
  • Improve the reliability and efficiency of video infrastructure
  • Investigate new systems, techniques, and equipment -- especially encoding/transcoding, mobile video, live broadcast
  • Implement automated video processing including compositing, filtering, motion graphics, watermarking/titling
  • Debug video issues and make tradeoff decisions between quality and performance
  • Work closely with mobile + server development, ops, and product to best achieve all these goals
Desired Skills and Experience:
  • 3-5+ years industry experience
  • Solid understanding of multiple programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Python)
  • Experience in mobile (libstagefright, AVFramework)
  • Experience in graphics rendering (e.g. openGL, openGLES, EGL, libavcodec, etc.)
  • Knowledge of video and audio codecs (H.264, MPEG4, AAC, etc) and media streaming architectures (HTTP adaptive streaming, RTP/RTSP)
  • Experience in optimizing video and audio codecs/players and using transport formats such as HLS and HDS
  • Expert level knowledge of using FFmpeg as a tool
  • Knowledge of system-level programming for large and complex systems
  • Plus: Familiar with color management and color profiles for video
  • Plus: Experience in building backend platforms for massive scale of parallel video streams (media relays, video switching).
  • Plus: Knowledge of L2/L3 IP networking, multicast, and Unix/Linux administration
  • BA/BS Degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline, or equivalent practical experience
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

Analytics/Data Engineer

If you are passionate about data, not afraid of dealing with billions of rows, terabyte of data and find this sort of thing super fun, we need you! Come and join us!

Responsibilities:
  • Work with Product Managers and Business/Marketing teams to drive deep data analytics and insights
  • Design and build the analytics platform which includes data collection, processing pipeline and reporting
  • Design experiments, conduct A/B tests and review analytics initiatives
  • Use statistical modeling to analyze and predict user behaviors
Must have:
  • Master degree in science/engineering (ideally in Statistics, Biostatistics or Bioinformatics) and 5+ years of programming experience
  • Experience in data analytics, ideally in social/mobile startups
  • Strong in R, SQL, Excel, reporting tools
  • Self-starter, strong sense of ownership, gets things done
  • Fun, positive attitude. Great communication skills and a healthy desire for collaboration
These are good too:
  • Machine learning and recommendation systems
  • Experience with Vertica, Tableau, MySQL, Hive, Spark
  • Bio, medical or social field experiences
  • Passion for something that Smule is about: music, games, social experiences, outstanding software
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

User Acquisition Manager

Required Skills:
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience in managing paid acquisition campaigns in scale.
  • Experience with mobile ad networks and Facebook mobile advertising.
  • Google Adwords/PPC and display ad experience a plus.
  • Experience with campaign performance optimization, funnel optimization, creative testing and ROI calculation.
Responsibilities:
  • Manage global user acquisition campaigns to grow users, revenue and ROI.
  • Test and onboard new mobile ad network partners and channels.
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

Director of Business Analytics

This individual will be responsible for the overall vision, strategy, and operation of the data and business intelligence practice. The successful candidate will work directly with the executive team and key stakeholders to bring actionable and inspiring insights and enable data-driven decision-making and validation of business goals and priorities. Above all, this individual will become an integral part of the business and play a key role in building, managing and mentoring our growing Business Analytics team.

Responsibilities
  • Identify, scope, propose, and manage the analysis and interpretation data to support business decision-making.
  • Present actionable analyses and recommendations to executives and non-technical resources to drive business decisions.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers and opportunities within the business.
  • Manage priorities and clearly communicate expectations to department heads and the executive team.
  • Establish processes, standards, and culture of a high-performing, analytically sophisticated business analytics team. 
  • Work closely with Data Engineering team to drive the vision, strategy, and execution of the company-wide Data Science and Business Intelligence function.
Preferred Background
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Math, Social Science, Computer Science or other related degree. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience: 5-7 years related experience in analytics or business intelligence.
  • Refined written and verbal communication skills that enable effective communication to non-technical audiences.
  • Must be comfortable with unstructured, fast-moving and constantly evolving high growth environment.
  • Ability to fully understand business goals and metrics and translate requirements into actionable analysis.
  • Working knowledge of data mining strategies, predictive modeling, and multivariate modeling preferred.
  • Expert level Excel skills, proficiency with SQL, statistical software (e.g. R, SAS, SPSS), data visualization tools and business intelligence platforms. Past experience with Tableau, Vertica or Hive is a huge plus.
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

Data Scientist

As a company focused on social music creation, Smule is in a position to leverage many types of interesting data, including social interactions and musical performance audio.

You'll be helping us improve our social music recommendations and other data-driven services. You should be able to use data to identify potentially beneficial changes, then implement and evaluate these changes.

You must be largely self-driven; we have a small data team, and as such you can make a large impact, but part of your responsibility is carving out your own niche.

You should be comfortable with software engineering, math, statistics, and machine learning, and be able to wear many "hats" and switch between them. This is not strictly an analyst role; you will be responsible for creating data products with direct visibility from users.

Requirements
  • Masters/PhD degree in STEM field
  • 5+ years programming experience
  • 2+ years research experience
  • Background in statistics and machine learning
  • Familiarity with "big data" tools: Hadoop/Hive/Spark
  • Basic knowledge of SQL
  • Interactive data exploration in Python/R
  • Creative thinking & problem solving skills
  • Good communication & writing; ability to eloquently form an argument backed up by data
  • Integrity and high standards
Bonus Skills:
  • Audio signal processing
  • Basic knowledge of "how music works"
  • Data visualization
  • Experience with Scala and/or Apache Spark
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

Software Engineer - Audio/DSP

Smule is looking for an audio engineer! First and foremost, you will be making the members of our community sound as stellar as possible whether they are singing, playing piano or guitar, or doing any other type of music making.

Beyond basic audio processing (tuning FX, the audio pipeline), there are lots of opportunities to take advantage of a huge data set comprised of millions of users and performances. We're hoping you have the chops to analyze and leverage this data to introduce improvements and innovations across the Smule platform!

Desired Skills and Experience:
  • Educational background in Digital Audio Signal Processing
  • Experience with real-time audio processing
  • Experienced in audio / music analysis and synthesis algorithms
  • Good knowledge of the Music Information Retrieval literature
  • Proficiency in Matlab, C/C++ (rather than assembly and embedded DSP), Python
  • Experienced in Machine Learning
  • Experienced in clustering and information retrieval techniques
  • Familiarity with high-dimensional search data structures
  • Ability to build/modify low-level studio/real-time FX code
  • Enough studio engineering chops to troubleshoot and fix issues like distortion, latency, etc.
  • Familiarity with ffmpeg, audio formats/encodings, one or more DAWs
  • Familiarity with academic literature and ability to implement findings from research
Pluses:
  • IOS, Android, other mobile audio experience
  • Knowledge of music theory
  • Experience with feature extraction (key, time signature, beat, etc), and re-synthesis (beat-matching, thumbnailing, time-stretching, etc.)
  • Video processing
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

Senior Server Engineer

Our Smule Nation Platform supports millions of daily users uploading 400K performances a day, and handling 2.8Gbps peak traffic. We're growing fast and we're looking for platform engineers to help us to scale our platform to achieve its full potential.

Must have:
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science and 5+ years of server side coding in Java, 2+ years in a tech lead role
  • Hands-on experience with the design, development, scaling, troubleshooting, and live support of server applications
  • Strong knowledge of SQL and MySQL forged in the fires of high traffic, high availability web app environments
  • Self-starter, strong sense of ownership, get's things done. Drives work to completion reliably, possibly with scary reliability.
  • Fun, positive attitude. Great communication skills and a healthy desire for collaboration.
These are good too:
  • Non-trivial experience with the specific tech we use: Play! Framework, Redis, Facebook Graph API, MySQL
  • Flexible, cross functional, outstanding learner. Ready, willing, and able to jump into any conquer any challenge at this crazy startup.
  • Passion for something that Smule is about: music, games, social experiences, outstanding software
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

Product Designer

Smule's mission is to connect people all over the world through the joy of making music, at a massive social scale. We are looking for Product Designers who are passionate about creating a holistic product experience for the user, beyond just an app, who intuitively understands that product design is finding the elegant sum of the parts and who relishes in every aspect of the product development process, from brainstorming the next great product innovation to tweaking pixels right before launch. As a Product Designer, you will partner with the product manager strategizing on the product plan, lead communication of new ideas and visions clearly and efficiently, then execute the design with the development team.

What you'll be responsible for:
  • Develop broad concepts into elegant, intuitive flows and experiences that deliver measurable results
  • Create production quality designs that can be implemented
  • Contribute to high-level strategic decisions within the product design team
  • Drive the product plan with product managers and engineers
  • Champion and oversee the user experience of a product area from conception to launch (and then some) and iterate continuously
Stuff you bring:
  • Strong experience in design or a similar field for mobile, multitouch devices
  • Comfortable creating at the whiteboard, but then be able to jump in and use whatever tools are necessary to create complete flows for mobile and web projects
  • A scrappy, entrepreneurial attitude that gets things done quickly at a high quality
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (you should be able to clearly articulate your design decisions)
  • Give and solicit open and honest feedback in order to continually raise our bar for quality
  • Pixel perfect attention to detail
  • Know the tools you use, from Adobe to Flash to whatever, you know it like the back of your hand
  • Will do whatever it takes to "make things awesome", even if it means building 10 versions and throwing them all out for the 11th version
We'd also love it if you:
  • Have a passion for the musical/auditory arts, even if you might be tone deaf, rhythmically challenged and suck at Rock Band.
  • Are not afraid to wear different hats on an interdisciplinary team.
  • Like to prototype sh*t and have built or designed something because the existing product wasn't there, or because you just wanted to learn how to do it.
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Your portfolio featuring examples of interaction and visual design work
  • Resume/CV

Product Manager

We are building delightful music making experiences, at a massively social and multiplayer scale, and we are looking for someone who will be passionate about making this a ubiquitous reality to join the product team.

what you'll be doing...
  • articulate strategic product vision
  • define and execute product roadmap that will drive growth in user engagement, retention and monetization
  • lead interdisciplinary team consisting of designers, engineers, marketing, business and more to deliver delightful, engaging social music-making apps
you...
  • love working with a team to make things happen and get things built
  • view unbounded problems as a fun challenge
  • are comfortable being a team player and a team leader
  • possess a healthy balance of left and right brain skill sets
nice-to-haves...
  • have passion for the musical/auditory arts, even if you might be tone deaf, rhythmically challenged and suck at rock band.
  • like to prototype sh*t. you've built or designed something because the existing product wasn't there, or because you just wanted to learn how to do it.
  • experience with mobile social gaming apps
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • your resume
  • in 200 words or less, why do you enjoy product management and why are you interested in Smule?

Android Engineer

As an Android Engineer at Smule you'll be crafting our next generation, massively social, massively multiplayer musical creation experience. Smule's apps are top performers in the Google Play store and in the news - the apps you help create will be enjoyed by millions. Our development cycle is rapid, iterative, and collaborative.

Must have:
  • Bachelor degree in CS and 1+ years of Android development on multiple target devices, and 2+ years experience with Java
  • Self-starter, strong sense of ownership, gets things done.
  • Fun, positive attitude. Great communication skills and a healthy desire for collaboration.
These are good too:
  • A knack for creating compelling UIs.
  • Game development and design experience.
  • Flexible, cross functional, outstanding learner. Ready, willing, and able to jump into any conquer and challenge at this crazy startup.
  • Passion for what Smule is about: connecting people through music creation
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

iOS and iPhone Engineer

As an iOS Engineer at Smule you'll be crafting our next generation, massively social, massively multiplayer musical creation experience. Smule's apps are top performers in the iTunes store and in the news--the apps you help create will be enjoyed by millions. Our development cycle is rapid, iterative, and collaborative. We use Objective-C and C++ combined with a powerful suite of in-house RESTful services.

Must have:
  • Bachelor degree in CS and 2+ years of iOS development in Objective-C
  • Self-starter, strong sense of ownership, gets things done.
  • Fun, positive attitude. Great communication skills and a healthy desire for collaboration.
These are good too:
  • A knack for creating compelling UIs.
  • Game development and design experience.
  • Flexible, cross functional, outstanding learner. Ready, willing, and able to jump into any conquer any challenge at this crazy startup.
  • Passion for what Smule is about: connecting people through music creation
To apply, please send the following to: jobs@smule.com
  • Resume/CV

For consideration, send resume to: jobs@smule.com.
In the subject line please put the position to which you are applying and your name.
Smule is a trademark of Smule, Inc. Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Computer. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and App Store are trademarks of Apple Computer.

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