Design Engineer (iOS)

    • Perplexity AI
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Posted 56 days ago | Updated 8 hours ago


On Site
USD 160,000.00 - 200,000.00 per year
Full Time


User experience
Mobile applications
Interactive design
iOS development
Software development

Job Details

Perplexity is looking for an experienced Design Engineer to join our small team revolutionizing the way people search and interact with the internet. You will be responsible for building the future of how people ask questions and find information on mobile.

Our iOS stack is SwiftUI, UIKit, Firebase, and The ideal candidate should have strong programming skills, be an expert in SwiftUI, UIKit, Core Graphics, and Core Animation, and have a portfolio showcasing their ability to build delightful user experiences from scratch.


  • Design and implement sophisticated UI with a keen eye for animation, detail, and user interaction.

  • Utilize a deep understanding of SwiftUI to overcome its limitations and leverage its strengths when building interfaces.

  • Collaborate with design and other mobile engineers to translate visions and concepts into production-quality UI.

  • Create reusable component libraries that are the building blocks of Perplexity's mobile app.

  • Continuously polish and iterate on the existing user experience to make it more delightful and useful.


  • Deep expertise in SwiftUI, UIKit, Core Graphics, and Core Animation

  • Strong experience with consumer mobile apps

  • Expertise in motion and interactive design

  • Ability to translate mockups from Figma into practical designs

  • Minimum 4 years of iOS engineering experience

Our cash compensation range for this role is $160,000 - $200,000.

At Perplexity, we've experienced tremendous growth and adoption since publicly launching the world's first fully functional conversational answer engine just over a year ago. Our AI-powered search assistant has amassed 10 million monthly active users as of early 2024, with our mobile apps installed over 1 million times across iOS and Android devices. In 2023 alone, we served over 500 million queries from users around the globe.

To support our rapid expansion, we've raised significant funding from some of the most respected investors in technology. In January 2024, we raised $73.6 million in a Series B round led by IVP, with participation from NVIDIA, Jeff Bezos' investment fund, NEA, Databricks, and other prominent firms. We followed that up with a $62.7 million Series B1 round in April 2024 led by Daniel Gross, valuing Perplexity at over $1 billion.
Our prominent investor base includes IVP, NEA, Jeff Bezos, NVIDIA, Databricks, Bessemer Venture Partners, Elad Gil, Nat Friedman, Naval Ravikant, Tobi Lutke, and many other visionary individuals.

Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including, experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Equity: In addition to the base salary, equity is part of the total compensation package.

Benefits: Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents. Includes a 401(k) plan.