Building AI models and APIs for building digital twins

Research Lead

San Francisco, CA, US
Job Type
3+ years
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About the role

At Tavus, we're at the forefront of AI generative video technology, offering advanced APIs to developers and product teams. Our cutting-edge models enable a wide range of applications, from text-to-video with AI avatars to real-time interactions, powering innovation across industries like video communication, marketing, sales, education, and more. As a Series A startup backed by $25m from top investors including Sequoia, Y Combinator, and Scale VC, we are gearing up for our next growth phase. Join us in driving the future of AI video technology.

We’re looking for a Research Lead join our core AI team. Our ideal partner-in-crime works well in startup environments, has a product-oriented mindset, and prefers to be hands-on. We’re moving fast and not looking for people to come along for the ride - we’re looking for people to pave the path.

Your Mission 🚀

  • Lead research efforts on generative video models (ex: Neural Avatar, Talking-Head, Lip-sync, and other low level computer vision topics)
  • Manage prioritization and organization of experiments
  • Stay relevant with the latest advancements (and help us create the latest advancements!)


  • Academic or industry experience in talking-head or avatar generation
  • Past publications in relevant topics
  • Experience leading research teams
  • Experience building end to end video pipelines utilizing NeRF, 3DGS, or video diffusion
  • Demonstrated capability to structure research projects to meet industry goals and timelines

Additionally, having some of the following experiences may help you be successful in this position:

  • PhD or equivalent experience preferred
  • Knowledge of best practices for research and development

Please note that this position is preferably hybrid in San Francisco and we offer relocation. However we are open to remote candidates as well.


When you join Tavus, you’re joining a family. Our work is driven by our team, and our success is shared by all. This position has a flexible work schedule, unlimited PTO, extremely competitive healthcare and gear stipends, as well as, of course, plenty of fun! At the end of the day, we want Tavus to be a place for you to learn, directly drive impact, and be with a team you love.

To learn more about our team culture, and benefits, check out our hiring page!

Tavus is growing fast, and we’d like you to grow with us!  Are you excited to get your hands dirty and join the digital marketing revolution? Drop your resume and we’ll be in touch!

We are not looking for cultural fits, we are looking for culture creators. In fact, diversity is what drives our success – it’s at the core of how we hire, communicate, and work. We are inclusive to all and combine our diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and thinking to build the best experiences for our clients.

About Tavus

Tavus is a leading AI synthetic media startup focused on making personalized video experiences scalable. Tavus uses artificial intelligence deepfake technology to generate realistic videos that perfectly imitate customer's gestures and voice- it's pretty stellar. Think Loom or Vidyard, but you can create thousands of hyper-personalized videos with the click of a button.

Team Size:30
Location:San Francisco
Quinn Favret
Quinn Favret
Hassaan Raza
Hassaan Raza