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Design Engineer, Snap Lab



Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Snap Inc. is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap Lab is home to our hardware products with a world-class research & development team. We are focused on pushing the boundaries of what a camera can be, specifically overlaying computing on the real world. Next Generation Spectacles are our first pair of glasses that bring augmented reality to life.

The Product team uses creativity, insights, and operational excellence to steer our product vision across Snap Inc. This team of designers, scientists, and product managers works in a highly collaborative environment to build the products and experiences that bring our community together in new and special ways.

We’re looking for a Design Engineer to join Spectacles, Wearable Experiences team!

What you’ll do:

  • Push the limits of AR on wearable devices and create innovative user experiences

  • Work closely with the product design teams to create and iterate on new prototypes

  • Work closely with engineering teams to build sophisticated prototypes

  • Work with user researchers to test new ideas and iterate on feedback

  • Present work directly to the CEO and company leadership

  • Build fun, innovative products that impact the direction of the company

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong computer science fundamentals

  • Expertise with Javascript and C#/C++

  • Solid understanding of real time AR development tools and 3D engines (e.g. Unity, Unreal, Lens Studio)

  • Familiarity with creating experiences for VR/AR

  • Familiarity with 3D math, linear algebra, 3D geometry, graphics, and rendering

  • Understanding of software engineering principles — and the ability to know when it’s fine to abandon them for a quick proof-of-concept

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. You’ll be expected to clearly communicate design decisions to leadership, the rest of the team, and to engineers

  • Ability to think at a high level about product strategy

  • Capable of acting as a Product Manager when needed

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous work environment

  • A creative problem solver who has lots of ideas and sees solutions when most would not

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent years of experience

  • 3+ years of software engineering experience

  • Proficiency in designing, prototyping, and programming with real-time 3D engines (e.g. Unity, Unreal, Lens Studio)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with spatial design, prototyping and development software (e.g. Lens Studio, Figma, Blender, C4D, Unity)

  • Bringing something new to the table: whether that’s a new perspective on our product, a unique understanding of a particular field, or expertise in a particular field like AI, CV, ML, 3D graphics, HCI, etc.

  • Passion for Snap Inc. products!

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid maternity & paternity leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

Zone A (CA, WA, NYC):

The base salary range for this position is $114,000-$171,000 annually.

Zone B:

The base salary range for this position is $108,000-$163,000 annually.

Zone C:

The base salary range for this position is $97,000-$145,000 annually.

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs.