Manager, Optical Science

(Redmond, WA)

Careers at Oculus

Part of Facebook

At Oculus Research, we’re developing the future of virtual and augmented reality. We are looking for an experienced leader to manage and continue to build a world-class Optics research team dedicated to advancing the state of the art in both VR and AR. You’ll be managing a team of optical scientists and engineers aimed at pushing beyond the state of the art for all the functionality of next-gen near to eye displays and imaging systems. You will be responsible for recruiting, career growth, organizational health, guiding overall direction, and supporting multiple teams and projects working in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment.


  • Build, lead, mentor, inspire, and enable a world-class Optics team.
  • Work with Chief Scientist, lead Optics researchers, and cross-functional teams to develop and pursue a vision for next-generation optical systems.
  • Enable a team to research and develop advanced optical components and systems, including but not limited to: imaging and display systems.
  • Explore optical requirements to create new experiences and advance technologies necessary to create architectures that can deliver these requirements.
  • Collaborate and work across teams to develop concepts that advance the entire product pipeline (hardware, software, computer vision, etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of hands-on Optics research and development experience.
  • 5+ years of Optics management experience.
  • A strong mentor with the ability to lead an organization at various experience levels ranging from interns to world-renowned Optics researchers.
  • Broad Optics technical knowledge across a broad range of optics including imaging, illumination, radiometry and photometry, physical and geometric optics, statistics, and polarization.
  • Understanding of sources (lasers and LED’s), spatial light modulators, diffractive optics, optical materials, and thin film optics.
  • Experience as lead investigator for which significant results were achieved or established.
  • Subject matter expert demonstrated through publications, patents, and shipped products.
  • Must be comfortable with ambiguity and long timelines.
  • Proven ability to collaborate well and work across teams to develop concepts that advance the entire product pipeline (hardware, software, computer vision, etc.).
  • PhD or M.S. in Optics or related field required.

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