Research Intern, Experimental Photonics (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 Facebook Reality Lab researchers to develop next generation light sources for use in AR/VR display prototypes
  • Develop and evaluate performance of optical characterization methods for a variety of light sources such LEDs, lasers, etc.
  • Characterize and analyze experimental results
  • share and present findings to the wider Facebook Reality Labs team.
  • Collaborate with the larger Facebook Reality Labs team and provide creative leadership on computational display and imaging technologies.
  • Pursuing a PhD degree in the field of Physics, Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, 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, Semiconductor Physics, Quantum Optics or similar
  • 1+ year Experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work
  • Exposure to optical modeling/simulations methods
  • 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
  • Exposure to measurement automation software in any of the following: LabView, Matlab, Python, or similar
  • Exposure to FDTD modeling software such as MEEP, Lumerical, etc.
  • 1+ year Experience in building optical set-ups with knowledge of optical components and optical characterization of semiconductor optical devices
  • Knowledge of nanofabrication methods for semiconductor-based devices
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications

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