Research Intern, Photonic Device Design (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 optical science or engineering, electrical engineering, physics, or similar.

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

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both modeling and prototyping of the new concepts.
  • Explore the application of one of the following - polarization concepts, nano or micro optics, or geometric optics design.
  • The position will have an emphasizing 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 computational display and imaging technologies.
  • The type of work should be publishable research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • In the process of obtaining a Masters or PhD degree in the field of Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field
  • Currently enrolled in a full time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the internship
  • 1+ years experience geometric, physical optics, integrated optics, or micro-, nano-optics emphasizing modeling and hardware prototyping
  • Demonstrated ability in optical design and modeling methods (Zemax or similar, FDTD, FEM, RCWA, etc)
  • 1+ years experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance)
  • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages (Matlab, Python, or similar) and GPU/CUDA computing
  • 1+ years experience in using optimization techniques (e.g., topology optimization, genetic algorithms, or similar) in optical device designs
  • 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
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • 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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