Research Intern, Computational Physics (PhD University Student)

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Facebook Reality Labs are a world leader in the design of virtual reality systems. We are currently seeking innovative research interns with a passion for technology to develop next-generation head-mounted display and imaging systems at our research location in Redmond, WA. These roles are focused on the research and development of optical components and systems towards building advanced virtual reality display systems. In particular we welcome PhD students in Physics, Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, or similar.

Our internships are twelve (12) to twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.


  • Collaborate with FRL researchers to develop numerical methods for modeling next generation light sources for use in AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) modeling and similar numerical methods.
  • Develop and evaluate optical FDTD models for a variety of light sources such LEDs, lasers, etc.
  • Propose a strategy for optimizing the performance of light sources to be used in AR/VR displays
  • Collaborate with the larger FRL team and provide creative leadership on computational display and imaging technologies.
  • Pursuing a PhD degree in the field of Physics,or a related field
  • Currently enrolled in a full time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the internship.
  • Coursework in Electrodynamics, or Electricity and Magnetism
  • 1 + years of experience with physics modeling/simulations
  • 1+ years of experience in Linux/Unix
  • 1+ years of experience programming in Python
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the U.S. between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019
  • Experience in optical modeling methods
  • Exposure to FDTD or FEM simulations

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