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Research Intern, AR/VR Optical Components (PhD)

Posted: 7 May 2021 Closes: 6 Jun 2021
London, UK Competitive
Permanent & Full-time -943878615

The Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) Research Team brings together a world-class team of researchers, developers, and engineers to create the future of virtual and augmented reality, which together will become as universal and essential as smartphones and personal computers are today. And just as personal computers have done over the past 45 years, AR and VR will ultimately change everything about how we work, play, and connect. We are developing all the technologies needed to enable breakthrough AR glasses and VR headsets, including optics and displays, computer vision, audio, graphics, brain-computer interfaces, haptic interaction, eye/hand/face/body tracking, perception science, and true telepresence. Some of those will advance much faster than others, but they all need to happen to enable AR and VR that are so compelling that they become an integral part of our lives.Our internships are twelve (12) to twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Research Intern, AR/VR Optical Components (PhD) Responsibilities

  • Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both modeling and prototyping new optical components and devices.

  • Explore the application of one of the following - polarization concepts, nano or micro optics, LEDs or liquid crystal optics.

  • The position will have an emphasis on the development of advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and the perceptual impact of those concepts.

  • Collaborate with the larger Oculus Research team and provide creative leadership on display and imaging technologies.

  • The type of work should be publishable research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in the field of Optical Science or Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or a related field

  • 2+ years experience in polarization optics, photonic devices or micro-optics emphasizing modeling and hardware prototyping

  • 3+ years experience with photonics design programs such as Lumerical FDTD, Comsol, RCWA, MEEP, Lighttools, or similar

  • 3+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or similar

  • 3+ years experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance)

  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration

  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op

  • Demonstrated experience via an internship, work experience, or widely used contributions to open source projects

  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications


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