Software Engineer-Server/Backend (T&S)

  • Individual Contributor
  • Remote-Friendly
  • CA, WA, KS, US; Tokyo, JPN
  • This position has been filled
  • Experience level: 2+ years

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Niantic’s mission is to use emerging technology to enrich our experiences as human beings in the physical world. We build products that inspire movement, exploration, and face-to-face social interaction.

Niantic is seeking a Software Engineer – Server to build the server infrastructure that supports projects such as Pokémon GO, Pikmin Bloom and Ingress. You will work on real-time indexing, querying and aggregation problems at massive scales of hundreds of millions of events per day. These technical challenges pertain to a single, coherent world-wide instance shared by millions of users.

We seek engineers with strong technical background, great execution, and self-starter mentality. The ideal candidate loves to jump into the unknown, clarify ambiguities, quickly learn from failures, and break down vague ideas into concrete tasks.


  • Build and design reliable, high-throughput, low latency and scalable server and networking systems that support Niantic’s developers and products.
  • Build key components of the platform that developers can incorporate to create rich experiences in their games.
  • Perform load testing, participate in code reviews, write unit tests, and conduct troubleshooting to ensure uptime for live systems.
  • Collaborate with other specialists, product managers, and other departments to ensure code meets internal standards.


  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, or a related technical field.
  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience building reliable scalable platforms, 5+ years for senior level candidates.
  • Proficiency in one of the following languages: Java, Go or C++ with working knowledge of Python, SQL.
  • Experience building networked and distributed systems.
  • Experience building concurrent and multi-threaded services.
  • Delivered solutions to production environments, and provided tools to monitor, support and mitigate any issues.

Plus If….

  • Experience with deployment on hosting providers, such as Google Cloud, Azure or AWS.
  • Experience with building ETL pipelines or  crafting data-related ingestion APIs.
  • Familiarity with one or more open source projects, such as Redis, Prometheus, Grafana, ElasticSearch and Envoy.
  • Familiarity with Kubernetes, infrastructure as code (such as Terraform)
  • Experience mentoring junior engineers or leading projects.