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Senior Researcher/RSDE - Video Optimization

Full-Time at Hulu Beijing

Drive the Experience

As a member of our lean and agile tech teams, you'll be one of the people driving the experience, connecting viewers with the stories they love. Whether they're watching on desktop, on mobile, or in the living room, we're perfecting every line of code so our viewers' experience is unparalleled. Here you can work through the full life cycle of development utilizing the latest and greatest tech. And your work and efforts will actually be seen and enjoyed by our viewers — from the Oscars to the Super Bowl and countless streaming hours in between.

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I feel proud to be a part of continuing to evolve our successful product and seeing it change over the last five years.

The part you’ll play and
preparation for your role.

Hulu is the leading premium streaming service offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Operating at the intersection of entertainment and technology, Hulu has a unique opportunity to be the number one choice for TV. We captivate and connect viewers with the stories they love, and we're looking for people who are passionate about redefining TV through innovation, unconventional thinking, and embracing fun. Join us and see what Hulugan life is all about.


Hulu’s Video Optimization Team is seeking a Senior Researcher/Research Software Developer who will be an exceptional addition to our team. As a Senior Researcher/Research Software Developer in Hulu, you will help us address these video streaming challenges and drive research innovations to improve and enhance our video pipeline.

At hulu, we are passionate about serving continuously improved viewing experiences to millions of customers. We rely on the innovative algorithms on top of our well-established video pipeline and in-depth data analysis and optimizing system, to enable new playback features as well as improve video quality.


  • You will be in responsible for investigating and prototyping algorithms which can improve the video delivery quality, maximize the utilization of network and seek playback issues. You will closely collaborate with other researchers and engineers so that the ground breaking algorithms can be implemented in scale and across wide range of clients.
  • We investigate, evaluate and prototype the state-of-the-art streaming technologies, launch offline & online A|B experiments, and integrate these improvements into hulu's playback system
  • We research and apply innovations to further improve the streaming performance and quality, motivated to establish hulu's video streaming technical stack to be leading the industry
  • We enroll in the multimedia industry standardizations, participate in developing standard specifications and interoperability guidelines. Bridge hulu's internal technical upgrades with the external industry's progresses


We expect you have passionate interests in new technologies, excellent problem-solving thinkings, proven video playback knowledges, balanced research and software engineering skills, and collaborative spirit.

  • PhD or MS in Computer Science/Engineering or related majors. 2-5 years' experience on streaming, playback, or QoS improvement. Passionate to building up and improve video technologies
  • Familiar with technologies and protocols, including but not limited to DASH, HLS and CMAF. Experience on developing algorithms like adaptive bitrate switching, bandwidth prediction, low latency streaming and so on. Knowledge on the delivering network is a plus
  • Proven software developing skills, be capable of developing and maintaining a large scale product-level software project. Be able to resolve issues via data analytics and statistics on a large volume of data.
  • Proficient research capability and habit. With an eye toward developing innovating ideas and finding new opportunities. Experienced in catalyzing research outcome into real world product. Knowledge on machine learning and modeling in video quality improvement will be helpful
  • It will be nice to have experiences on multimedia standardizations, with publications or standard contributions or products to demonstrate the work

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  • Step 1

    Apply for a role through our career site, or through a referral, and complete any assessments required for the role. Make sure to browse through and our careers site to get an understanding of our product and culture.

  • Step 2

    If you’re a potential fit, a recruiter will reach out for an initial screen. They will want to learn more about you, your background, goals, and aspirations – and answer any questions you have about the position. You may also be asked to speak to the hiring manager for the role.

  • Step 3

    Come on in and meet the team in person. This is typically the final stage and your chance to leave a lasting impression through your enthusiasm, preparation, abilities, and resume. You may also be asked to present “pre-work” that shows how you would handle a specific challenge or scenario.

Just like the best ensemble casts of our favorite shows,
Hulu embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law. Hulu is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants if needed during the interview process.

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