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Component Development Engineer, Optical & AR Display Modules



Multiple locations
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.

We're looking for a Component Development Engineer, Optical & AR Display Modules to join the Snap Lab team!

What you’ll do:

  • Manage complex component development from concept to production

  • Work with internal teams at Snap (Optical, Mechanical, Electrical, Product, Software, etc) to develop and integrate best-in-class Optical & AR Display Modules for future generations of Spectacles

  • Supervise fabs & contract manufacturers to improve efficiency, yields, failure analysis, and overall operational excellence

  • Define build plans and schedules for subcomponent suppliers and module integrators and drive on-time delivery of components

  • Investigate and develop component and manufacturing processes

  • Lead failure analysis efforts and integrate learnings into future design iterations

  • Roadmap ownership for specific components

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Deep experience with display systems and/or optical modules, manufacturing and test processes

  • Hands on experience bringing up, solving problems at factories (FATP, Supplier, etc)

  • Experience working and collaborating closely with external partners and suppliers

  • Ability to identify and mitigate risk during new development and manufacturing

  • Strong program management skills including excellent communication, coordination, and documentation

  • Ability to thrive with rapidly changing or ambiguous requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in optics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field

  • 11+ years of experience in manufacturing, process development, design, and/or program management of consumer electronic displays or optical modules

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or master’s degree in optics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field

  • Experience with Optical Coatings, ACF processing, Liquid Crystal technology

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office 4+ days per week.

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 parental 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 $202,000-$303,000 annually.

Zone B:

The base salary range for this position is $192,000-$288,000 annually.

Zone C:

The base salary range for this position is $172,000-$257,000 annually.

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