AR / VR Systems Architecture Lead


Job Description


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Job Area

Engineering Group, Engineering Group > Multimedia Systems

General Summary

Qualcomm is the innovation leader in the area of integrated chipsets that power advanced mobile devices, XR/IoT/Automotive & compute platforms. We are building on and expanding our reputation as the industry powerhouse for innovation in both wireless technologies and enabling advanced multimedia capabilities.

Qualcomm's XR Architecture Team is seeking a systems architect who will work on driving the next generation technologies and architectures, enabling the next generation of Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality applications.

The Successful Candidate May Be Responsible For

  • Working closely with OEM partners to identify, understand and document use cases and implementations of VR and AR related technologies
  • Leading technology, hardware, and software experts to translate use case requirements into implementation specifications
  • Driving system level on-target profiling to inform forward architecture definition
  • System level use case modeling to validate power and performance KPIs and optimize architecture definition
  • Defining and executing HW-SW partitioning analyses
  • Defining and executing HW-SW feature analysis to optimize for power and performance
  • Collaborating with technology experts to drive strategic direction in cross-functional AR/VR related areas

For this multi-disciplinary role an ideal candidate has proven expertise in AR/VR, display technologies, GPUs, computer vision, machine learning, perception, camera technology, hardware design, SoC architecture, HW/SW partitioning, and/or system modeling (power, performance, thermal).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree and/or PhD in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field.
  • 10+ years experience in HW architecture/design with emphasis on areas listed above
  • Proven experience in conducting architectural trade-offs, power/performance analysis and/or SW-HW trade-offs
  • Extensive knowledge of graphics pipeline, computer vision pipelines, machine learning methods and/or camera pipelines
  • Experience with system level modeling (performance and/or power)
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • C/C++ and/or Python

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field and 6+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience.


Master's degree in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field and 5+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience.


PhD in Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, or related field and 4+ years of Systems Engineering or related work experience.

  • Works in the lab, can use hazardous chemicals (e.g., glue, machinery).

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Pay Range

$167,000.00 - $251,000.00

The above pay scale reflects the broad, minimum to maximum, pay scale for this job code for the location for which it has been posted. Even more importantly, please note that salary is only one component of total compensation at Qualcomm. We also offer a competitive annual discretionary bonus program and opportunity for annual RSU grants (employees on sales-incentive plans are not eligible for our annual bonus). In addition, our highly competitive benefits package is designed to support your success at work, at home, and at play. Your recruiter will be happy to discuss all that Qualcomm has to offer!

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