Lead Software Engineer, Creator Platform


  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle Area (Bellevue), WA

Come help us create the future world of AR. At Niantic, we’re striving to change the way that people interact with the outside world by giving people new reasons to connect with their places, spaces, and communities. We need the help of a Lead Engineer who is passionate about the impact AR can have on the world and that anyone with an idea can be a part of it.

Our project is in an early phase, and so there’s a great opportunity to help shape the technical direction of the project. With that it’s important to find effective focal points and hone in on the project’s core needs. Some of this will be through lots of prototyping and experimentation, so having an open mind as well as a keen vision of what is foundational is important. In the future, you’ll be a central part of engineering a sustainable creator platform that’ll enable creativity for years to come.

The right kind of person for this role is someone who’s very familiar with gaming, creator/consumer tech platforms, AR, and/or VR spaces. They need to be a visionary technical leader that can make intuitive and scalable systems in the pursuit of allowing anyone to create content for the real world. Having experience with multiple shipped multiplayer titles and games-as-service is ideal.

The work we’ll be doing will be a journey into the unknown. The way will be treacherous but exciting. Come see what creating on the cutting edge is like.


  • Define a technical vision that makes user creation and expression easy through a low or no code platform for creating globe-spanning experiences for millions of users.
  • Outlining the tech needs of the project and engineering resources needed to staff it.
  • Collaborating with the team to develop new ideas for features.
  • Designing and writing systems and services that can scale to the whole world.
  • Writing code to serve the purpose of a wide range of areas from quick prototypes to robust shipping systems.
  • Overseeing that technical standards are kept at a high quality level, including consistent code and engineering design reviews within the team and broader organization.
  • Working with people across different departments and products within Niantic.


  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant work experience years experience in cellular network design, capacity planning and performance improvement.
  • At least 7+ years of experience in games/application development.
  • Proficiency in Java, C#, C++, Python, or similar programming languages.
  • Having shipped multiple large scale games, applications, or services.

Plus If...

  • Experience with both client and server infrastructure.
  • Experience with games-as-a service.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current consumer titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO, and Pikmin Bloom. In November 2021, we launched our developer platform, Lightship, enabling creators to build immersive AR experiences around the globe.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity employer. 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.

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, Bellevue, Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich. #LI-HYBRID