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Lightmatter Hardware Engineer/Infrastructure (Boston) in Boston, Massachusetts

Infrastructure Engineer

Lightmatter builds chips for artificial intelligence computing. Our architecture leverages unique properties of light to enable fast and efficient inference and training engines. If you're a collaborative engineer or scientist who has a passion for innovation, solving challenging technical problems and doing impactful work like building the world's first optical computers, consider joining the team at Lightmatter!

We are hiring an Infrastructure Lead! Come and help us build high performance ASICs for the next generation of AI acceleration systems. In this role, you will be responsible for the compute, storage, networking and tooling infrastructure of our company.


As an infrastructure lead you will play a critical role in developing, managing, deploying, and supporting the infrastructure used by Lightmatter as the company develops the next generation of computing technology. This role will put you at the intersection of hardware and software, and at the forefront of the emerging field of photonic computing.

  • Evolve the infrastructure: Develop and manage our compute, storage, and networking infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of our R&D, engineering, sales, and operations teams.

  • Own end-to-end Infrastructure at Lightmatter: Maintain Lightmatter’s infrastructure strategy and security, interfacing with 3rd party service providers as needed, to ensure a best-in-class experience for all Lightmatter employees.

  • Collaborate with EDA companies: Work closely with Electronic Design Automation (EDA) companies to provide Lightmatter engineers with best-in-class tools and support.

  • Support innovative methodologies and flows: Assist in the development, deployment, and support of innovative verification, physical design methodology, and CAD flows.

  • Manage tools and licenses: Oversee the management of tool licenses and versions, ensuring that any tool-related issues are quickly and efficiently resolved.

  • Partner with internal and external teams: Collaborate with our internal infrastructure team and cloud partners to ensure that all Lightmatter teams receive effective support when issues arise.

  • Work to understand the challenges of hardware design and develop infrastructure that supports the innovative designs

  • Deploy and provide support for critical infrastructure.


  • Minimum of 8 years of related experience with an Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a Master’s degree.

  • Demonstrated experience in building strong relationships, working closely with external partners developing, and supporting infrastructure and tools.

  • Proven track record in architecting, developing, and deploying secure compute, storage, and networking infrastructure.

  • Proficient in hardware development or software development, preferably with an Electronic Design Automation (EDA) company.

  • Ability to work on complex issues of diverse scope

  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a startup environment

  • Adept at managing suppliers, with an ability to negotiate and liaise effectively.

  • Familiar with scripting or programming (Python, Terraform, etc), demonstrates a robust technical background.


  • Comprehensive Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)

  • 401k matching

  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)

  • Generous Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)

  • Paid Family Leave

  • Short Term & Long Term Disability

  • Training & Development

  • Flexible, hybrid workplace model

  • Stock Option Plan

Base Compensation Range: $150k - $200k. In accordance with the Colorado, California and New York law, the range provided is Lightmatter's reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. Actual pay will be based on several factors including work experience, location and education.

Lightmatter recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.