Machine Learning Research and Development Engineer

15th Jul 22 / vTime Admin

vTime’s mission is simple. We aim to make social experiences in alternate realities – augmented, virtual, and mixed - that are as powerful as meeting face-to-face. Founded in 2013, we use the latest and greatest technology to create platforms where human connections can grow and flourish.


Best known for vTime XR - a cross-platform, cross-reality social network that allows anyone, anywhere to hang out in AR and VR, and vTag - our AR avatar messaging app, our immersive experiences are loved by people in over 190 countries, with more than one million downloads to date. Currently working with some of the world’s biggest brands in tech, media, sports, and entertainment and backed by VC funding, we’re about to make our next giant leap…

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Based in the heart of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle - voted coolest place to live in Britain by The Times – our vibrant studio is home to some of the best development and business talent in the country, from seasoned and passionate experts to brilliant new recruits looking to make their mark on the future. Founded and led by games industry veterans, we look after our team with a raft of benefits, including six weeks of holiday, a commitment to work/life balance, private healthcare, and flexibility around your core working hours. And we’re growing. We’re looking for an experienced machine learning research and development engineer to help us shape the future.

Key information

  • Job title: Machine Learning Research and Development Engineer
  • Employment Type: Full time
  • Reports to: Lead Machine Learning Research and Development Engineer
  • Salary: Depending on experience
  • Start date: Immediate
  • Location: vTime HQ, The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

About the Role


We’re looking for an experienced Machine Learning Research and Development Engineer to help us build stunning applications and experiences. You’ll work closely with our development, design, and production teams to bring our state-of-the-art technology to life, maximising performance and visual impact.


  • Design and train models for virtual reality applications.
  • Find and adapt suitable existing models.
  • Find suitable training data sources, gather data, and build data preparation pipelines.
  • Identify existing vTime features or products that can be improved with machine learning.
  • Identify new features or products that may be made feasible with machine learning.
  • Stay up to date with research literature.
  • Assist in the deployment of models on mobile devices or on cloud services, and maintenance of deployed systems.
  • Other related tasks.

About You


You will:

  • Be willing to learn, teach, and be adaptable
  • Have good social skills
  • Be able to work both independently and collaboratively in an agile environment
  • Have strong attention to detail
  • Be solution-oriented
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced studio
  • Have excellent communication skills, able to effectively convey technical information to a broad range of stakeholders.

Knowledge and experience

Things you must have:

  • Experience with PyTorch or another deep learning framework
  • Strong skills in Python or C++
  • Knowledge of the Linux/Unix command line
  • An ability to innovate on existing and new technologies in order to maximise the impact of vTime’s technology

We’d be impressed if you had:

(the following skills and knowledge are desirable but unessential)

  • A research degree in machine learning or a closely related field
  • Experience using and adapting state-of-the-art models either from academic papers or from publicly available implementations
  • Knowledge of Git
  • Knowledge in some of the following: object detection/segmentation, transfer learning, autoencoders, GANs, transformers, ensemble learning, reinforcement learning, domain adaptation, zero-shot learning

To apply, please send a CV (curriculum vitae) and cover letter to with the subject line ‘Machine Learning Research and Development Engineer’. Successful applicants will be invited to be interviewed remotely.

About Us

vTime is a global leader in XR, creating innovative and engaging experiences and technology in all the new realities - virtual, augmented, and mixed. But, most of all, we're all about people. People have been our focus since our formation in 2013. Our goal has been to transform and disrupt the way that people around the world meet, communicate and share experiences in XR. We believe XR is the future and we intend to shape it with our vision.

And we're just as passionate about our own people. We believe that we have some of the best in the industry. And to get the best out of them, we also believe in giving them the best.

As well as working in an inclusive studio environment in a vibrant city-centre location, our staff benefit from private healthcare, extended annual leave, and life insurance from day one of joining the vTime family. We look after our staff’s mental health with access to Everymind Champions, external therapy, 1-1 counselling, and discounts to the Headspace app. The entire crew also enjoy discounted gym membership and spa days, free drinks and cinema tickets, and much more as a reward for staying active and healthy.

And because our success will only come from our team, we're totally committed to sharing that success with them.

So, if you'd like to build the future, yours and everyone else's, join us on our journey to the undiscovered country.

It's gonna be memorable...