Research Intern, Optical Engineer (PhD)


Research Internship

Facebook Reality Labs brings together a world-class team of researchers, developers, and engineers to create the future of virtual and augmented reality, which together will become as universal and essential as smartphones and personal computers are today. And just as personal computers have done over the past 45 years, AR and VR will ultimately change everything about how we work, play, and connect. We are developing all the technologies needed to enable breakthrough AR glasses and VR headsets, including optics and displays, computer vision, audio, graphics, brain-computer interface, haptic interaction, eye/hand/face/body tracking, perception science, and true telepresence. Some of those will advance much faster than others, but they all need to happen to enable AR and VR that are so compelling that they become an integral part of our lives.
  • Perform cost-benefit analysis of different approaches with respect to reliability, perception, and device physics.
  • Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both design and prototyping of the new concepts.
  • Explore the application of one of the following – semiconductor devices, polarization concepts or nano or micro optics.
  • Collaborate with the larger FRL 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.
  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
  • Pursuing a PhD degree in the field of Physics, Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Must be available for a 3-6 month internship between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020
  • Familiarity with mathematical and practical aspects of photonic devices, semiconductor physics, and micro/nano-optics.
  • 3+ years experience with experimental semiconductor physics, optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance)
  • Familiarity with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or similar.
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
  • 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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