Backend Engineering Lead

San Francisco, CA, United States, Silicon Valley, CA, United States • $90k - $160k • 0.5% - 1.5%


Role Locations

  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Silicon Valley, CA, United States


  • $90k - $160k
  • 0.5% - 1.5%


< 10 people


600 California St
San Francisco, CA, 94108-2704, US

Tech Stack

  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • Python
  • Node.js
  • Express
  • React
  • iOS DevelopmentOS

Role Description

About Humen is a synthetic media startup based in San Francisco. Our mission is to use machine learning to allow anyone to create mass market entertainment, social storytelling and high quality graphics rendering, without the need for hundreds of professionals and a budget of millions of dollars.

Our product entertains and delights users by democratizing the most bleeding-edge AI technologies, including generative adversarial networks, real-time human pose tracking, and few-shot transfer learning. Our users will be able to dance like Bruno Mars, their favorite K-Pop artist or Hip-Hop star and share with friends. In the future the team will build new workflows and experiences for music, storytelling, gaming and more, diversifying and appealing to a much broader international audience.

The company is started by veterans from Google, Facebook, Apple, and UC Berkeley AI research. All of us have been leaders in these respective organizations. We are all still extremely hands-on and contribute individually. Our work has been featured by NBC, WSJ, The New Yorker, ABC, Vice, Bloomberg Businessweek and more. See


In time with the public discourse around the societal impact of synthetic media technology and being one of the first companies to create a mass market product around it, we take great responsibility and strive to prevent potential misuse of our product from day one. We deeply care about user privacy and will give users full-control to their data and image rights. While our product focuses on bringing something delightful and magical to life that would normally be impossible, we also hope that it would raise public awareness on the existence and capability of such technology.

Why we are hiring this role

We are currently a team of 6 engineers + 1 designer. We have built a fully-functional product prototype that could support up to hundreds of users. As we prepare for a world-wide launch in the coming months, we need a lead backend engineer to

1) scale our AWS infrastructure to be able to support orders of magnitude more user traffic,

2) optimize AWS resources for the core machine learning pipeline,

3) design and implement service components and features to support our frontend mobile app.

This is a big opportunity to be a leading developer in the company direction and long term technical strategy. If there's interest, there's also the opportunity to contribute to our core machine learning algorithm as well.

About Humen

Humen is a AI-focused video synthesis and content creation company. The team comes from Google, Facebook, Apple, and UC Berkeley AI research. Our work ( has been featured by WSJ, The New Yorker, ABC, Vice, and more. We are democratizing such technology to build the future of personalized entertainment and communication.

Company Culture

We are all hands-on and no ego. Our CEO codes, our business guy codes, our engineers write even better code.

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