Metalenz Launches Polar ID Enabling Simple, Secure Face Unlock for Smartphones
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Sr. Camera Software Engineer

Engineering | Boston, Hybrid

The Opportunity

Metalenz is a fabless semiconductor optics company at the forefront of driving innovation in optics with metasurface technology, providing high performance solutions for consumer device OEMs that redefine the possibilities of mobile imaging and 3D sensing, empowering devices with new information, and changing the way that people and machines interact with and understand the world.

Metalenz is the first company to bring metasurfaces to mass markets, with millions of its meta-optics already integrated in consumer devices, combining the functionality of three or four complex lenses and components into a single flat device, mass-produced in existing semiconductor foundries.

Built on pioneering research from Harvard University, Metalenz is a venture-backed startup, with investors including several prominent semiconductor companies, such as Intel Capital, TDK Ventures, and Applied Ventures.

The company’s biometric imaging solution, Polar ID, is a groundbreaking, ultra-secure, small, and affordable face unlock solution for mobile that harnesses the unique polarized light sorting capabilities of metasurfaces. Running on Snapdragon, this first-of-its-kind full system solution enables mobile devices to see beyond the limits of current visual systems.

Metalenz headquarters is located in downtown Boston, with additional team members working remotely and hybrid across the US and Asia.

The Metalenz team values critical and creative thinking and encourages new ideas and complex problem-solving. Company leadership fosters a culture of collaboration and brings years of research in metasurfaces and photonics and deep experience launching new semiconductor technology into the market.

The Position

We are seeking a talented and motivated Sr. Camera Software Engineer to help develop the software on which our unique cameras and computer vision systems operate. A successful candidate will be able to guide camera development in a cross-disciplinary, dynamic environment.

What you’ll do

  • Work with the hardware team to select components, validate performance, and influence development.
  • Implement image signal processing (ISP) pipelines on standard SoC, e.g., image acquisition from CMOS image sensors, auto-exposure, and custom imaging algorithms to improve image quality.
  • Develop Android camera middleware (e.g. Android HAL) for custom camera operation.
  • Be the technical expert across the camera software stack to improve system performance and reduce compute requirements.
  • Shape the technical roadmap, and develop engineering design document based on product requirements.
  • Cross-functional collaboration with sensor/optics and AI/ML engineers.
  • Develop production code, engage in code reviews, develop test infrastructure, and support customers.

What you’ll need

  • BS/MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or relevant field and/or demonstrated excellence in relevant technical domains.
  • 3+ years’ experience low-level Android development with Qualcomm or similar application processors.
  • Familiarity with software engineering best practices (version control, profiling, and unit tests).
  • Proficiency in C/C++ and embedded software development for imaging systems.
  • Knowledge of camera hardware components and image processing algorithms.

What we do

  • Work with consumer electronic OEMs to commercialize meta surface optics.
  • Design next-generation optical systems for emerging consumer applications like biometrics and 3D sensing.
  • Apply a modern software stack and cutting-edge developments in computing to greenfield areas in optical system design.
  • Support internal fabrication and metrology with custom in-house software.

What we offer

  • Competitive salary, 401k with company contribution, pre-IPO stock options.
  • Based in downtown Boston near TD Garden, Metalenz is conveniently located across the street from North Station.
  • Competitive benefits package including company paid health, dental, vision, life, LTD/ADD.
  • Company contribution to Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Collaborative office space, flexible work schedule with hybrid and/or work-from-home arrangements for qualified positions.
  • Complimentary snacks and drinks, and occasionally lunch on-site.
  • Free gym and bike parking on-site.
  • Fun, energizing, highly collaborative environment in which each team member has the opportunity to make an impact.
  • This is a on-site/hybrid position in our Boston locatiaon, applicants will be accepted from states in which the company is currently registered (MA, NH, NY, NC, TX, CA, WA, UT)


Metalenz is an equal-opportunity employer. The Company is committed to providing an open and inclusive environment for all its employees. The Company prohibits any discrimination based on gender, gender identity, pregnancy, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, criminal record, genetic information, or any other category protected by law.

 Metalenz does not sponsor applicants for work visas or legal permanent residence. Applicants must have authorization to work in the U.S.

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Employment Type

Full-Time On-site or Hybrid Options Available