Research Scientist, Opto-Mechanical

As a Research Scientist, Opto-Mechanical, at Facebook Reality Labs, you will develop state of the art prototypes, mechanisms, and solutions for next generation near to eye display (NED) and Imaging Systems to create transformative experiences. You will become part of a team exploring new concepts through analytical modeling, simulation, and fabrication. We want people who work well in teams, can brainstorm big ideas, work in new technology areas and are able to drive a concept into a prototype. Starting with a broad scientific background, be willing to become a quick expert in a new area, and quickly build and test new prototypes using novel materials and/or by integrating structures in new ways leveraging a strong mechanical background.
We're looking for a modeler and hands-on builder of precision mechanism and/or electromechanical designs interested in applying this knowledge to solve complex optical imaging problems. This is a full-time position and requires a degree in mechanical engineering or similar, and a strong background in machine design and prototyping. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in a dynamic cross-functional team and exhibit excellent interpersonal communication skills.


  • Lead research engineering activities in cross-functional team environment
  • Model, build, test, and refine prototypes
  • Participate on a research team providing advice/guidance/insights to your peers in your area(s) of expertise
  • Precision machine and electromechanical systems design applied to developing custom optical and metrology equipment
  • Leveraging knowledge of mechanics and electromechanical systems to develop novel testing capabilities and successfully characterize a range of materials (including polymers) and transducer systems
  • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent
  • 8+ years (with MS) or 5+ years (with PhD) of design, testing, and prototyping experience
  • Experience in precision mechanisms, mechatronics, and/or electro-mechanical systems
  • Applied knowledge in various manufacturing and rapid prototyping techniques (Machining, 3D printing, laser cutting, etc.)
  • Experience in 3D design modeling
  • Experience with finite element analysis software (such as COMSOL, ANSYS, etc.)
  • Background in Optics fundamentals, applied to past design/prototyping work
  • Expertise in solid and/or polymer mechanics
  • Hands-on materials testing experience
  • Experience with polymer processing and process development
  • Experience in application of design experience for manufacturing and/or manufacturing process development
  • Knowledge of SolidWorks 3D modeling software
  • Programming experience with MATLAB and/or LabVIEW
  • Experience with ray tracing software (Zemax, CODE V or equivalent)
  • Experience with multiphysics simulation in FEA software
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