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Senior Software Engineer(Multimedia) - Live streaming Infrastructure

San Jose, CA


TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us
Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible.
Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day.
To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always.
At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve.

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Team Introduction
Video Cloud Infra team, facing business experience and cost, builds a competitive video transmission network and multimedia processing platform, builds data foundation and analysis capabilities, drives product refined operation, reduces costs and increases efficiency. We are seeking a talented Backend Software Engineer to join our Live CDN team at TikTok. As a Backend Software Development Engineer, you will be responsible for developing and maintaining our Live CDN platform, which powers live streaming services for millions of users worldwide. You will also be responsible for designing and implementing the architecture for the platform, with a focus on automating and simplifying configuration functionality to improve reliability, usability, and flexibility.

We are seeking a highly skilled and proactive Senior Software Engineer to join our team. You'll play a crucial role in optimizing the core performance of live streaming transmission. This position demands a blend of technical expertise in live streaming technologies and collaborative skills to work effectively across various functional teams.


- Enhance Live Streaming Gateway: Enhance the live streaming gateway to support various streaming protocols and ensure efficient audit capabilities. Address and resolve issues in the existing live streaming gateway, focusing on performance improvements and error resolution.

- Optimization of Core Live Streaming Metrics: Work closely with different teams to analyze and optimize key performance metrics of live streaming systems. Identify system issues and develop effective optimization strategies to enhance user experience.

- Test Infrastructure and Quality Assurance:Develop and oversee test pipelines, focusing on performance, integration, and unit testing to ensure system robustness and deployment readiness.Establish and maintain a testing environment parallel to production for effective debugging and pre-deployment feature testing.

- Collaborative Quality Enhancement:Collaborate with various teams to identify and resolve technical quality issues, ensuring high standards in software performance and reliability.Play a key role in cross-functional teams to drive software quality improvements, contributing to both the development and operational aspects of projects.


- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
- Be familiar with at least one programming language(c / C++ / Java / Python / go etc)
- Strong troubleshooting skills and experience in system optimization.
- Experience with CDN, Multimedia, Live Streaming and WebRTC.
- Operational experience running a production 24x7 infrastructure at scale.

Desired Skills:
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Effective communication and teamwork skills.
- Ability to adapt to a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at

Job Information

[For Pay Transparency] Compensation Description (annually)

The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $136800 - $280000 annually.

Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate's qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units.

Our company benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support our employees to give their best in both work and life. We offer the following benefits to eligible employees:

We cover 100% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, approximately 75% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with a company match. As well as Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans. In addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) Options like Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Care.

Our time off and leave plans are: 10 paid holidays per year plus 17 days of Paid Personal Time Off (PPTO) (prorated upon hire and increased by tenure) and 10 paid sick days per year as well as 12 weeks of paid Parental leave and 8 weeks of paid Supplemental Disability.

We also provide generous benefits like mental and emotional health benefits through our EAP and Lyra. A 401K company match, gym and cellphone service reimbursements. The Company reserves the right to modify or change these benefits programs at any time, with or without notice.

Client-provided location(s): San Jose, CA, USA
Job ID: TikTok-7323015430255577381
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • HSA
    • Life Insurance
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Casual Dress
    • Snacks
    • Pet-friendly Office
    • Happy Hours
    • Some Meals Provided
    • Company Outings
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Performance Bonus
    • Company Equity
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
    • Mentor Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

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