Research Scientist, Computational Imaging (PhD)

    • Woodinville, WA

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Come invent the future. Join The Display Systems Research (DSR) group at Facebook Reality Labs Research (FRL Research), whose work spans new VR headset concepts, new types of computational displays, complex experimental systems, and AI-driven graphics. Partner with research scientists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and software engineers to build cutting-edge prototypes and create the AR/VR technology that will bring people together across the globe.

  • Conceive and develop novel systems and components for sensing and display that achieve high performance through a combination of algorithms and optics
  • Implement proof-of-concept hardware prototypes that redefine the state-of-the-art in virtual and augmented reality
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers from a variety of technical backgrounds through all stages of project development
  • Contribute research to grow expertise within Facebook/Oculus and the wider industry through demos and publications
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in Computer Science, Optical Science, Electrical Engineering, or related fields
  • Mathematical background, particularly including experience with optimization methods
  • 3+ years of experience with scientific programming languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB, and Mathematica)
  • 3+ years of experience working with system-level prototyping work, including hands-on prototyping of bench-top optical components (e.g., coherent light sources, spatial light modulators, lenses, diffusers)
  • Proven track record of achieving results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, or first-authored publications (e.g., OSA, SIGGRAPH, and COSI)
  • Work experience demonstrating cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
  • Experience applying machine learning/deep learning to problems in imaging and optics
  • Experience with diffractive optics and analog/digital holography
  • Experience with advanced optical modeling, including rigorous optical simulations
  • Experience with display and sensing components for AR/VR systems, such as near-eye displays and tracking cameras
  • Understanding of basic principles of vision science
  • Knowledge of optical component fabrication, mechanical design, and rapid prototyping
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