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AR Software Engineer

Niantic’s R&D Team is seeking an ambitious Augmented Reality Software Engineer to push the frontiers of AI, HCI, and Gaming. In this role you’ll be part of a collaborative, motivating, and engaging team, to help algorithms evolve from concept to desktop to client-side (mobile or headset). This person will advise on and build prototypes and tools, validating bleeding-edge AR capabilities for future products. We are all passionate about discovery, so we’re looking for engineers who want to learn and deploy inventions that could help make better “adventures on foot, with others.” 

Niantic Engineering leads the advancement of AR and other immersive technologies, while crafting engaging experiences for millions of users. 


  • Write high performance code and build creative interactive prototypes to test technology and UX designs.

  • Debug complex problems that span systems, and effectively prioritize tasks to meet agreed timelines.

  • Collaborate cross functionally with diverse teams of engineers and designers, to build advanced software for in-field use that will deliver exceptional augmented-reality experiences.

  • Design client-side software that enhances the Niantic AR Development Platform and products directly, or through internal R&D tools, to leverage computer vision and machine learning. 

  • Innovate by finding problems, implementing elegant solutions, and building first-of-its-kind technology.

  • Learn with us as a team, adopt a problem solving and solutions driven mentality, to help educate others, and make a big impact in ambiguous areas of R&D with unfamiliar technologies. 

  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members and stakeholders, including regular and reliable attendance and participation in meetings.

  • Required in-office 2 days on Tuesday and Thursday.


  • Demonstrable experience in software development, including shipping one or more products using standard software development practices.

  • Passion for code quality and performance.

  • Advanced knowledge of C/C++ and C# programming languages.

  • Experience developing interactive 3D applications for iOS or Android platforms.

  • Strong understanding of programming paradigms and design patterns.

  • Confidence in concurrent computing concepts.

  • Experience using Metal or OpenGL or Vulkan or other 3D graphics development frameworks.

  • Experience designing Unity APIs and tools.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced hybrid environment and handle stress appropriately and/or ability to solve practical problems and be sufficiently adaptable to handle dynamic situations with little advance notice. 

  • Experience working on cross-functional teams with ability to communicate effectively through written and verbal communications, including synchronous interactions with others.

Plus If...

  • You may have worked with ARKit/ARCore augmented reality frameworks.

  • Experience working with CoreML, Vision, TF Lite, Android NNAPI, and other ML frameworks for mobile platforms.

  • First-hand experience building computer vision/graphics systems, and a working knowledge of 3D geometry and linear algebra.

  • First-hand experience making computer games, engines, or assets.

  • Experience using tools and frameworks for training machine learning algorithms.

  • Experience with JavaScript / Three.JS / WebGL.

  • Good at communicating technical ideas to experts and non-experts, and teaching others.

The total compensation package for this position includes a new hire offer base salary range of £87,000 - £126,000 + bonus + equity + benefits.

Individual pay within this salary range is determined by work location and additional factors, including assessed job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can answer any questions about new hire total compensation during the hiring process. An overview of benefit offerings for your location can be found on the careers page.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic's global-scale augmented reality platform and digital map powers spatial computing experiences in the real world. Incubated out of the Maps team at Google, Niantic first created Ingress and then Pokémon GO, a cultural phenomenon and hit game played by tens of millions of people each month. Niantic’s Lightship platform, which powers Pokémon GO, also supports the company's other games including Pikmin Bloom, Peridot and Monster Hunter Now. Developers use Niantic’s platform to build their own AR applications and experiences, either with the Lightship Platform or directly through the web with 8th Wall.

We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

Niantic is a hybrid first company. We believe that in person interaction and collaboration fosters creativity, a sense of community, and is critical to our future success as a company. Our hybrid work schedules allow for a mix of remote and in-office work.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Bellevue, Kansas, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, Hyderabad, and Zurich. #LI-HYBRID

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