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Senior AR Tool Engineer

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, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us:
At TikTok, our people are humble, intelligent, compassionate and creative. We create to inspire - for you, for us, and for more than 1 billion users on our platform. We lead with curiosity and aim for the highest, never shying away from taking calculated risks and embracing ambiguity as it comes. Here, the opportunities are limitless for those who dare to pursue bold ideas that exist just beyond the boundary of possibility. Join us and make impact happen with a career at TikTok.

Creative Effects are a big part of the TikTok experience. From Versailles Run to Dancing Dino, effects make content creation easy, fun, and dynamic. Each effect has the potential to reach TikTok’s global community of a billion+ users and inspire new trends, lots of joy, and endless creativity. Our mission is to inspire user creativity with powerful creation tools. We are building Effect House, the official Augmented Reality creation tool for TikTok. If you are passionate about AR technologies and 3D content creation, you came to the right place.

You will be responsible for crafting the technology that enables intuitive effect development and design. From advanced interactions to visual scripting, you’ll build the tools our creators need to experiment and make engaging, immersive, and innovative effects, bringing creativity to (augmented) reality! You will focus on building a unified algorithm system that delivers numerous cutting-edge AR algorithms to various TikTok products. Our AR Effect Platform enables the breakthrough AR interactive experience, consumed by hundreds of millions of TikTok users around the world.

• Design and implement new features for Effect House, TikTok's special effects editor.
• Define the future direction of our editing tools core technology, creation workflows and pipeline.
• Support our fast growing effect creator community and internal effect production team to achieve their creative vision.


• B.S. or M.S. Computer Science or related field with 5+ years in software development experience
• Past experience working on 3D games and/or film production (Knowledge of game engines such as Unity/Unreal, real time rendering, animation, VFX pipelines, visual programming, etc.).
• Solid data structure and algorithm foundations.
• Proficient with native programming concepts (C++, multi-threading, memory management, etc.)
• Excellent system design skills, and UI/UX product design sense.

Preferred Skills:
The following technical skills are a plus:
• Experience working on AR/VR projects.
• Experience with Web Technologies (React, JavaScript/TypeScript, nodeJS).
• Experience with Cross-Platform PC and Mobile development (macOS, Windows, iOS, Android).
• Familiar with graphics APIs (OpenGL, WebGL, DirectX, Metal, or Vulkan) and GPU architectures.
• Experience creating developer-facing APIs, Plugin or libraries.
• Experience navigating in a cross-functional environment.
• Have good product sense, passionate about great user experiences.
• Passionate about TikTok, augmented reality, as well as creating the most fun, original and creative ideas and experiences.

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 $187040 - $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.​

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