February 24, 2024
USA Only
$90K - $160K USD *

Software Engineer, Cloud Gaming - Video & Image Encoding, L5

About the job:


The Challenge:

At Netflix, we are passionate about delivering the best visual quality experience to our members, no matter what, where and how, they watch, interact or play. We care about video quality, not only on our video-on-demand (VoD) and LIVE products, but also on our Cloud Gaming platform, where we  bring a new kind of joy to our millions of members worldwide. We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer with media expertise who is adept at working with encoder hardware and software, and is skilled at maximizing hardware performance through firmware, software and architecture innovations. 

The Role:

As a Senior Software Engineer in Video and Image Encoding:

  • You will be responsible for designing, prototyping and implementing encoding algorithms and software workflows that power Netflix cloud games.
  • You will find innovative solutions for cost-efficient use of hardware and network resources through intelligent designs that tradeoff between render quality, encoding quality, latency and network conditions.  
  • You will ideate and prototype high-risk-high-reward solutions that address concerns that are unique to the Netflix approach to cloud gaming.
  • You will work with external vendors and guide their future development in the area of low-latency encoding in directions that are mutually beneficial.
  • You will work on exciting video encoding, rendering and transmission problems while knowing that you are making Netflix games smoother, crisper and more engaging for millions of people worldwide. 

You are a Senior Software Engineer who:

  • thrives in a fast-paced environment 
  • works effectively with cross functional teams 
  • constantly seeks to improve yourself and the team
  • has excellent software development skills and a successful track record in Real-time Video Encoding or adjacent fields such as Computer Graphics, Networks & Transport or Video Quality with contributions to products
  • has the ability to see areas for improvements in existing systems, and is capable of conceiving and executing solutions for such improvements iteratively
  • is excited to apply your expertise to a product that touches millions of lives everyday

Minimum qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in multimedia software development for real-time systems, with excellent debugging and problem solving skills.
  • BS in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering or equivalent. MS or PhD a plus.
  • Shown proficiency in C++, C, Go, or object-oriented programming.
  • Solid understanding of video compression and processing, including codec standards such as H.264/AVC,  VP9 and AV1.
  • Solid understanding of real-time image and signal processing

Bonus points:

  • Experience with cloud gaming 
  • Experience with software performance optimization on constrained hardware
  • Experience with hardware video encoders and SoCs
  • Involvement in open-source multimedia projects (such as ffmpeg, x264, avisynth, webm)
  • Experience with image and video quality assessment 

At Netflix, we carefully consider a wide range of compensation factors to determine your personal top of market. We rely on market indicators to determine compensation and consider your specific job, skills, and experience to get it right. These considerations can cause your compensation to vary and will also be dependent on your location. 

The overall market range for roles in this area of Netflix is typically  $100,000 - $700,000

This market range is based on total compensation (vs. only base salary), which is in line with our compensation philosophy. Netflix is a unique culture and environment. Learn more here

Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $100,000 - $700,000.

Netflix provides comprehensive benefits including Health Plans, Mental Health support, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match, Stock Option Program, Disability Programs, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, Family-forming benefits, and Life and Serious Injury Benefits. We also offer paid leave of absence programs.  Full-time hourly employees accrue 35 days annually for paid time off to be used for vacation, holidays, and sick paid time off. Full-time salaried employees are immediately entitled to flexible time off. See more detail about our Benefits here.

Netflix is a unique culture and environment.  Learn more here.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

USA Only
$90K - $160K USD/Year *

Company Benefits

* Compensation was calculated as an average of similar positions and is not guaranteed.
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