Research Scientist, Augmented reality display innovation

Facebook Reality Labs is a world leader in the design of virtual reality systems. The Computational Imaging team at Facebook Reality Labs develops display systems that leverage the co-design of optical elements and computation. We are currently seeking a highly innovative research scientist to propose and analyze novel display architectures for augmented reality display for a fixed term project. The research scientist will collaborate with our team in Redmond, WA, but remote candidates will be considered. This position is for a short time employee (STE) Research Scientist role and requires a PhD in Optical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
Please note this position is a set term employment and forecast for up to 18 months.


  • Propose, analyze, simulate, and coordinate prototyping efforts of novel display architectures for augmented reality.
  • Contribute to team's existing research efforts in augmented reality display and related technologies.
  • Advise team in optics, components, fabrication, and system integration.
  • PhD in the field of Optical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Strong and broad background in optics (e.g. classical, diffractive, and holographic optics).
  • 5+ years experience solving problems in display systems, including experience in near-eye display.
  • 5+ years experience in optical modeling and simulation.
  • 5+ years experience with experimental optics and conducting or coordinating laboratory work (i.e., constructing proof-of-concept systems and evaluating performance).
  • Track record of significant innovation in optics and/or displays (e.g. innovative products or conference/journal publications.
  • Experience with applying computational solutions to optical challenges.
  • Experience with digital holography systems (e.g. algorithms, spatial light modulators, system integration).
  • Experience with diffractive and holographic optical elements (e.g. characterization and fabrication).
  • Experience with active optical elements (e.g. adaptive optics, switchable liquid crystal optics, etc.).
  • Experience with rigorous optical modeling (e.g. coupled wave theory, FDTD simulation, etc.).
  • Experience with scientific programming languages such as MATLAB.

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