Are you passionate about building cutting edge, never-done-before Augmented Reality experiences on Niantic's recently announced Lightship Platform? Niantic’s AR team is seeking passionate folks to build mobile, real-time, AR technology and experiences in Unity for iOS and Android. You will be the very first to have access to new AR capabilities, and your work will advance Niantic’s Lightship platform and games to the next generation of AR and wearable devices.

This opening represents multiple Unity related roles at Senior Engineer level and above, with various areas of ownership. Please specify your preferred area of interest in your application.


AR Mapping App

  • Work closely with computer vision and R&D engineers to build a human-friendly, privacy-centered mapping application.
  • Build and extend Unity apps on the Niantic Lightship Platform for users to explore the world and help build 3D maps of the world.
  • Collaborate with AR mapping backend engineers and researchers on technical designs for spatial queries, efficient client to server communication and high availability services.
  • Debug sophisticated projects built on Unity.
  • Understand mobile app development, including app store requirements.

AR Platform Developer Kit

  • Work closely with computer vision and R&D engineers to build performant and elegant APIs and tools for the latest AR features.
  • Work closely with game teams and internal developers to gather API and usage feedback as well as help shape future AR experiences.
  • Debug sophisticated projects built on Unity.
  • Native Specialty: Develop C++ on mobile Android & iOS.
  • Unity Editor Specialty: Develop custom Unity inspectors & tools.

AR Game Engineer, AR Platform

  • Work embedded with Niantic game teams to accelerate integration & deployment of AR game features in 2 to 6 month projects.
  • Transmit knowledge and skills to empower game developers to take full ownership of their game's AR.
  • Support design and implementation of prototypes for Niantic Lightship AR Platform's newest Unity APIs.
  • Identify high value building blocks from AR game experiences to contribute back to the core Lightship ARDK.


  • 5-10 years of professional experience building 3D games, applications, or developer SDKs.
  • Experience with Unity and C# development.
  • Experience with cross-platform development and low-compute, low-memory mobile systems.
  • Collaboration with other engineers, product managers, QA, and other departments to ensure code and technology meets internal standards.

Plus If...

  • 2+ years of AR/VR development experience.
  • Experience with Apple ARKit, Google ARCore, or Unity AR Foundation.
  • Experience debugging and profiling graphics performance.
  • Experience working in a multi-person game studio.
  • Experience developing in C++ for mobile, embedded or console devices.
  • Experience building native plugins in Unity or other game engines.
  • Experience in UX Design / ergonomics.
  • Experience building shaders.

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 titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO, and recently released third title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

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, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich.


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