Senior UX Engineer, AR

Engineering

  • San Francisco, CA

Niantic Labs, creator of Ingress, Pikmin Bloom, and Pokémon GO, is seeking a Senior UX Lead to help shape ground breaking, highly social AR experiences and innovative prototypes that move people through the world. At Niantic, we’ve built the only planet-scale augmented reality platform for current and future generations of augmented reality hardware. We think of this platform as a global operating system for applications that unite the digital with the physical.

We see a future where our technology paves the way for new entertainment experiences, sophisticated robotics, and scaled adaptive computing. Our mission is to use emerging technology to enrich our experiences as human beings in the physical world. We build products that encourage movement, exploration, and face-to-face social interaction.

We’re a fast paced, multi-disciplinary prototyping team of software developers, designers and prototypers. You will drive strategic cross-organizational alignment between our research, engineering and prototyping teams. You will design AR UX experiences and prototypes using new AR-ML models that could be candidates for our product roadmaps.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the R&D team to provide early feedback on new capabilities, and build prototypes of these ML capabilities to enable novel AR interactions and experiences.
  • Deliver solutions in the form of prototypes influencing the technical directions of our AR teams.
  • Ensure operational standards that influence systems, processes and programs that increase our team’s efficacy, e.g. agile development practices including pair programming, code reviews, and other lightweight processes.
  • Foster a collaborative, cross-organizational culture by inspiring and empowering everyone at Niantic into experiencing new AR experiences.
  • Demonstrate positive impact on Niantic's values by being a consistent source of innovation, potentially driving our internal & external team's visibility.
  • Support Niantic DEI goals by providing facilitation and mentorship through apprenticeship and internship programs.

Qualifications

  • Love and passion to design ground breaking games.
  • Ability to rapidly prototype AR experiences using a variety of tools including but not limited to: iOS programming, Unity, Lightship, ARKit, and more
  • SW development skills in some or all of: Swift, Obj-C, and C++, experience with Xcode
  • Expert knowledge in applying ML models to built prototypes.
  • Experience leading small engineering teams
  • Portfolio demonstrating a combination of design and prototyping deliverables.
  • 3 years of experience in UX design preferred but not required.
  • Experience in communicating a creative vision, yet empowering junior team members in sharing their ideas.
  • Comfortable working in ambiguity and driving consensus from exploration.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

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