Software Engineer, Backend Developer

Niantic’s Engineering Team seeks a Backend Developer to help build and maintain the technology needed to power the components which enable our games to perform as designed. Niantic Engineering leads the advancement of AR and other immersive technologies while creating engaging apps for a user base in the billions.


  • Building and maintaining scalable, extremely high performance API servers.
  • Understanding and being able to troubleshoot, diagnose and analyze complex systems
  • Producing clean, well-documented, well-managed code.
  • Being smart, dedicated, self-motivated, positive, friendly, and ready to learn and teach.
  • Rapidly gathering, understanding, prototyping and creating effective solutions for complex requirements.
  • Working effectively and aggressively in a team environment with tight deadlines and baffling challenges.
  • Working with leading-edge tools and systems.
  • Understanding and being able to troubleshoot, diagnose and analyze complex systems.
  • Producing clean, well-documented, well-managed code.
  • Interfacing with a diverse, complex team of highly experienced artists, engineers and designers.
  • Operational management and responsibility for million-monthly-user games.


  • You have a college degree with 2-5 years of experience in Console, Casual or Social Gaming.
  • You have experience in Java 8.
  • You have experience building RESTful APIs.
  • You have traditional relational database experience (e.g PostgreSQL, AWS Aurora).
  • You have Linux (Ubuntu 16.04) experience.

Plus If...

  • You are familiar with frameworks such as Spring Boot, Hibernate and Swagger.
  • You have experience with Jersey, Grizzly and Tyrus.
  • You have experience with cloud services such as AWS.
  • You have experience with WebSockets.
  • You have experience with Test Driven Development.
  • You have experience in high-performance/distributed key-value stores.
  • You have experience in fundamental algorithms and data structures (e.g. B-Trees, R-Trees; set theory).

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, and record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO. Our third title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is currently in development.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action 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, and Hamburg.



Los Angeles, CA