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AV1/Daala Research Intern (Summer 2020)

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Team:
Emerging Technologies
Locations:
Mountain View

Mozilla is hiring AV1/Daala Research Interns for our Emerging Technologies team. Emerging Technologies is Mozilla’s early research and development organization focused on the areas of voice assistants, speech and language, and mixed reality. There are two internship opportunities available at our Mountain View office.

We are engineers, designers, makers, and problem solvers. We work in the fishbowl known as the open source community, with a clear focus on making the Web better. Working with us, you’ll help build interesting new features, improve Mozilla products, and explore new product directions. To be part of the team, we ask that you be user centered, technically-curious, and excited to be moving the Mozilla mission forward.

As a part of our Mozilla Internship Program, you will:

  • Impact challenging projects influenced by our family of Mozilla products in and outside of the Firefox web browser (accessibility, voice design, developer tools, mobile, and mixed reality), Rust, Pocket, and more
  • Be mentored by a fellow teammate and someone who shares the same values
  • Do real work on real projects and make contributions that will impact hundreds of millions of users
  • Participate in social events with your fellow interns (amusement parks, ice cream and boba socials, board game nights, escape rooms, and painting parties)
  • Meet with Mozilla leaders including our CEO, Executive Chairwoman, CPO, Chief R&D Officer, CMO, and Executive Foundation Director
  • Present your work to Mozilla leaders and fellow team members

Perks include:

  • Market competitive pay
  • Catered lunches, snacks, and drinks
  • Housing service or housing stipend
  • Airfare and ground transportation to and from internship
  • Work visa sponsorship
  • Attendance at our bi-annual All Hands Meeting

Application and Interview Process

  • Recruiting begins in September, and we hire on a rolling basis through March. While there is no set application deadline, we do have a limited number of positions open each year, so please apply early!
  • Locations include Mountain View, San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, and Paris. Please refer to our internship listings for specific locations offered by position.
  • Process starts with a resume review followed by a HackerRank challenge (technical) or document submission (non-technical).
  • Upon passing, you will partake in two technical and behavioral interviews with team members (coding and situational questions are fair game) followed by a hiring manager interview and ultimately, an offer decision. 

We have 2 positions open on the following team:

AV1/Daala Research Intern (Mountain View, CA) 

The Daala Research team produces the best-in-class encoder across a variety of uses, including video-on-demand, live streaming and interactive video conferencing. We're looking for a PhD (or motivated MS) level intern to work on the next-generation of video codecs. As a Video Codec Research Intern you will design, implement and test cutting edge encoder algorithms for the AV1 video codec, as well as work on the Rust AV1 Encoder (rav1e) project which is a clean room implementation of the AV1 video codec specification. 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related technical discipline
  • Must be currently enrolled in university with graduation dates starting December 2020 and onward
  • Or a recent graduate from a Coding Academy (within the last year)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Rust, C / C++, Unix/Linux, SIMD assembly
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to interpret large amounts of data, multi-task, and produce results independently and collaboratively in a team
  • Experience in systems software and algorithms 
  • Ability to quickly learn and be effective within a large code base
  • Experience with writing and publishing academic papers
  • Interest in web technology  

Please note that this is a long wish-list of qualifications. If you feel you have some but not all of these skills and are interested, please do apply regardless. 

**Please include a cover letter describing your research topic and/or dissertation topic and relevant project choice/area of interest.** 

About Mozilla 

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. Join us and become part of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. 

Mozilla is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity throughout our recruiting and hiring process and is dedicated to increasing diversity in our workplace. 

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