Research Scientist

Facebook's AR/VR organization brings together world-class experts to develop and ship groundbreaking products at the intersection of hardware, software, and platform. We are seeking a Research Scientist to lead efforts in User Safety across Facebook's global AR/VR efforts including Oculus, Building 8, Social VR and our AR Camera platform. The person in this role will provide strategic guidance to our leaders as we develop products to advance Facebook's mission of bringing the world closer together.
The ideal candidate for this role will be a Research Scientist with a strong track record as a thought leader in the AR/VR industry. They will have exceptional communication skills and be able to quickly establish credibility with internal and external audiences based on their experience. They will be a self-starter who is comfortable in a rapidly changing environment and takes a proactive approach to influence product development.


  • Develop processes for Facebook AR/VR teams to ensure user safety is a top priority in the development of new and existing products
  • Help articulate user safety philosophy, policies and supporting rationale to relevant internal parties, including Leadership, Engineering, Design, Legal and other internal stakeholders
  • Partner with internal teams such as Marketing, Communications, Legal, Policy, Operations and Global Safety team to distributing online safety policies for AR and VR with end users
  • Work with cross-functional internal and external research teams to plan and coordinate psychophysical and behavioral studies to better understand human perception in the context of new and emerging technologies
  • Mentor Research Scientists and UX Researchers across the AR/VR UX Research team, developing standards for best practices in Research related to User Safety
  • Build relationships within the AR/VR community, associations and standards-setting bodies on AR and VR safety
  • Collect and provide feedback on our policies, community standards, reporting processes and systems to ensure safety issues and relevant external perspectives are appropriately considered in their development, and assist with the landing of the same among external stakeholders, including policymakers, thought leaders, advocates and people who use our products
  • 12+ years of research experience, in-house or as a vendor (including applicable consulting experience)
  • Ph.D in human-computer interaction, human factors, cognitive psychology or related field
  • User safety demonstrated knowledge through authored publications, international conference presentations or shipped products
  • Experience collaborating and working across teams to develop concepts that advance the entire product pipeline (hardware, software, computer vision, etc.)
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