ObEN’s mission is to enable everyone in the world to create their own Personal AI (PAI), intelligent 3D avatars that look, sound, and behave like the individual user. Secured and authenticated on the Project PAI blockchain, ObEN’s technology creates more productive, more personalized digital interactions. ObEN is a K11, Tencent, Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company, and we work with our strategic investors to expand PAI technology across multiple verticals including hospitality, retail, healthcare, and entertainment.

Working at ObEN means taking on extraordinary transformations every day, in an environment that celebrates and encourages innovation. You’ll be working in small, agile teams (including world class researchers in areas of computer vision, machine learning, NLP, speech, and blockchain). We are blazing new trails in AI and blockchain technology, and we encourage and support publications to top conferences and journals. Learn more about working at ObEN in our blog post.

Job Description:

The Computer Vision team aims to reconstruct 3D virtual avatars that look and move just like you with as few as a single selfie as input. As a Research Scientist of the Computer Vision team, you will be collaborating with a small group of talented researchers and together you will define research problems, perform literature review, implement research prototypes, and work closely with research engineers to transform research prototypes into production. We expect you to be able to think out of the box, propose interesting research directions, and provide novel solutions for them. We value researchers who enjoy a highly collaborative environment with minimal supervision.


  • Literature review and discussion with peer researchers to define clear research problems and propose novel solutions
  • Fast implementation of research ideas into research prototypes
  • Work closely with research engineers for production
  • Write technical papers to top-tier conferences such as CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, SIGGRAPH, and SIGGRAPH ASIA
  • Keep current with latest trends and technologies to help future research subjects and anticipate development needs


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or any other relevant disciplines with a background in Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, or Machine Learning; M.S. in the same field with 3 years+ research experience in the industry or academia
  • Top-tier publication records, including but not limited to CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH ASIA, NIPS, and ICML
  • An understanding of 3D multiview geometry, bundle adjustment, and SLAM/visual odometry
  • General and deep understanding as well as hands-on experience of applying computer vision technologies, especially 3D reconstruction from camera images and depth sensors
  • Knowledge and experience of applying machine learning and deep learning to real problems in the fields of vision and graphics
  • Hands-on experience in Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Science and their frameworks, such as Tensorflow, Pytorch, and Caffe
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new situations and to learn new technologies
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a multicultural team


  • Experience in 3D face and/or 3D body modeling from images
  • Projects experience involving any type of facial image processing and analysis
  • Knowledge of geometry and topology concepts, representations and data structures, such as splines, level sets, surface and volumetric meshes, point clouds, analytical surfaces/solids, functional representations, subdivision surfaces, T-splines, etc.
  • Unity3D development experience
  • VR/AR related development experience

Application Requirements:

Introduction to ObEN:

Please send the following to

  • Detailed resume and/or LinkedIn profile
  • Links to any research / papers you have been an instrumental part of and are proud of
  • Cover Letter identifying your five favorite apps on your phone
  • Any code you are proud of and is public
  • Name of instructor / adviser, if any along with link to their profile

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ObEN is an artificial intelligence company that creates complete virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.