Research Intern in Music Understanding and Multimodal Learning (Intelligent Creation Audio - Music Intelligence) - 2023 Summer (PHD)

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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.

The SAMI Team

We are the Speech, Audio and Music Intelligence (SAMI) team at TikTok and are based in North America, APAC and Europe. Our mission is to empower content distribution and creation through multimodal audio technologies. We focus on cutting-edge R&D in speech, audio, and music processing. We are looking for top talents to work on speech/audio/music algorithms, integrate them into various ByteDance products and ultimately bring the joy to our global user base!


  • Own a research project in music understanding or multimodal learning.
  • Build prototypes of data-driven music products.

This Internship Program is for 12 weeks duration beginning in May/June 2023. Successful candidates must be able to commit to one of the following summer internship cycles below:

  • May 22, 2023 to August 11, 2023
  • May 30, 2023 to August 18, 2023
  • June 12, 2023 to September 1, 2023

We will prioritize candidates who are able to commit to these start dates. Please state your availability clearly in your resume (Start date, End date).

Candidates can apply to a maximum of two positions and will be considered for jobs in the order you apply. The application limit is firm and includes all TikTok jobs globally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply early.

Technical Assessment:

Candidates who pass resume evaluation will be invited to participate in TikTok's technical online assessment in HackerRank.


  • Currently has or is pursuing a PHD Degree in computer science, mathematics, engineering or related field;
  • Experience in one or more areas of music intelligence and deep learning, including but not limited to:
    • Music information retrieval
    • Multimodal learning
    • Generative models
    • Interactive music creation
    • Digital signal processing for music

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Publications in top-tier venues such as NeurIPS, ICLR, ICML.
  • Familiar with deep learning frameworks such as Pytorch and Tensorflow.
  • Highly competent in algorithms and programming; Strong coding skills in C/C++ and Python.
  • Familar with music production.
  • Familiar with engineering principles and best practices
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, multi-functional 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 during our recruitment process. If you need assistance or an accommodation, please reach out to us at

Company Info.


TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a short-form video hosting service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. It hosts a variety of user-submitted videos, from content such as pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes and dance, with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes.

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