Research Intern - Optical Design - Optics (PhD)

Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) is a world leader in the design of virtual and augmented 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 developing advanced optical imaging and sensing systems for near eye display. In particular we welcome PhD students in optics, electrical engineering, applied physics or similar, with a strong background in optical design, optical instrumentation, sensing and detection, or testing and metrology. Our internships are twelve (12) to sixteen (16) or twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.


  • Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both modeling and prototyping of new concepts
  • Collaborate with the larger FRL team and provide creative leadership on computational display, imaging, and sensing technologies
  • Publish research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD in the field of Optics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field
  • 2+ years experience with optical design software, Code V, Zemax, FRED, or Lighttools
  • 2+ years experience with optical instrumentation, emphasizing modeling and hardware prototyping
  • Strong knowledge in geometric optics, physical optics, radiometry and detection
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op
  • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, Mathematica, or similar
  • Demonstrated experience via an internship, work experience
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications in journals or at conferences, etc
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