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Senior Research Engineer- Applied Research

Luma AI

Luma AI

Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, May 26, 2024
Luma’s mission is to build multimodal AI to expand human imagination and capabilities.
We believe that multimodality is critical for intelligence. To go beyond language models and build more aware, capable and useful systems, the next step function change will come from vision.
We are working on training and scaling up multimodal foundation models for systems that can see and understand, show and explain, and eventually interact with our world to effect change.
We are looking for people who mix strong technical ML skills, boundless curiosity and a constant desire to make better products. You’ll be part of Luma’s applied research team and work directly on mission critical work streams utilizing thousands of GPUs.

Startup Mindset

  • Value velocity and execution.
  • Communicate clearly.
  • Focus on building what will matter to users and the product.
  • Be resourceful at finding creative ways to overcome challenges.


  • Strong generalist Python skills including significant experience with PyTorch.
  • Recent experience in, and understanding of, visual AI, including diffusion models and transformers (note: can be from professional work, academic research experience, or hobby work with open source models like Stable Diffusion)
  • Passion for experimenting with multi-modal generative AI, including familiarity with recent research work and ideas for implementing research into usable products.
  • Good to have experience with cluster orchestration tools like SLURM
  • Good to have experience with high performance large scale ML systems (>100 GPUs)
  • Please note this role is not meant for recent grads.


  • Equity grant to reflect the incredible value you will bring to Luma, with annual refreshes.
  • Excellent salary and benefits.
  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage.
  • Latest and greatest gear.
  • Stipends towards wellness, house cleaner, and phone/internet.
  • Unlimited paid time off with 12 days minimum.
  • Unlimited sick days.

Why Join Luma AI?

  • You will get to work with the world best AI researchers, shipping their research to millions of users around the world
  • You will be equipped with all the tools, technologies, resources and AI tools you need to get the job done
  • We build. We ship. Your work will matter to people.
  • We are building a very widely usable product, and you’ll get to work on equally wide variety of challenging problems.
  • We have fantastic traction from early customers, whom you’ll get to work directly with.
  • We have backing of some of the best VCs in Silicon Valley, and Angels from across the industry.
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