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Senior iOS Software Engineer



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Perplexity AI is looking for a Senior iOS Engineer to join our small team revolutionizing the way people search and interact with the internet. You will be responsible for building new experiences and improving the performance of Perplexity’s iOS app.

The ideal candidate should have strong programming skills, an interest in search and large language models, and a passion for delivering a great UX backed by a quality UI.


  • You will develop a native iOS app for Perplexity's evolving product
  • You will define the processes around mobile development, including planning, testing, releasing, and monitoring
  • You will work with the core team to design and implement novel mobile experiences


  • 5+ years industry experience
  • Strong Swift fundamentals and a proven track record of working with a modern iOS stack built with Swift, SwiftUI (iOS16+) and UIKit
  • Enjoys the craft of building nice UI, creating a good UX, and writing reusable and testable code
  • Understands low-level intricacies, and knows how to profile and measure app performance and speed
  • Comfortable working with a small, fast-moving team, and must be willing to dive in and take ownership
  • A passion for iOS development, and enjoys experimenting with what's new with each iteration of iOS and iPadOS

Nice to have

  • Experience with WebSockets, HTTP
  • Experience with concurrency and multithreading (GCD, critical sections, race conditions)
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.
The cash compensation range for this role is $180,000 - $220,000.
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.