Optical Sensing Incubation Engineer | Snap, Inc.

Date Posted: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Position Location: 
Boulder, CO
Job Description: 

Spectacles are Snap's hand-free camera that take in both photo and video content that is shareable on, and off, Snapchat. With hardware and augmented reality working in tandem, Spectacles make it easy to make memories from your perspective, and relive them later.

Snap Lab is home to Spectacles — a camera inspired by the human eye, powered by your imagination — and a world-class research & development team that is paving the way for the future of the camera. Snap Lab builds creative technology that helps overlay computing on the world around us.

We’re looking for an Optical Sensing Incubation Engineer to join the Snap Lab team! 

What you’ll do:

  • Investigate novel optical sensing technologies for wearable applications
  • Conduct trade studies to determine the best technologies given system constraints
  • Design optical hardware solutions to enable entirely new user experiences in collaboration with our product and software engineering teams
  • Develop prototypes to evaluate new optical sensing hardware
  • Define preliminary specifications and requirements for integration into future products
  • Collaborate with imaging firmware, tuning, and software engineers to properly develop testing and calibration solutions
  • Travel to supplier facilities for evaluation and early technology definition and development

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with image quality evaluation including test charts, algorithms, and lighting
  • Familiarity with applications of computational photography and computer vision
  • Ability to work independently and manage internal and external resources

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in optical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or related field or equivalent years of experience
  • 7+ years of experience designing, testing, and building high-volume camera or depth sensing modules or research & development of novel optical sensing technologies
  • Expertise in one or more of the following: optics (imaging, illumination), computational photography/computer vision, optical sensors (e.g., CMOS image sensors, SPAD sensors), lasers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or PhD specializing in emerging optical sensing technologies
  • Experience with compact camera image sensors, lenses, manufacturing, testing, and module suppliers
  • Experience with compact optical depth sensors (e.g., time of flight, structured illumination, LiDAR)
  • Experience with tracking sensors (e.g. eye, face, body)
  • Experience with image data manipulation and computation and interpretation of standard image quality metrics through Imatest or similar 

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 accommodations-ext@snap.com.

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!