Research Intern, Augmented Reality Waveguide Design (PhD) | Facebook

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Position Location: 
Redmond, WA
Job Description: 
The Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) Team 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 interfaces, 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. Our internships are twelve (12) to twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.
Research Intern, Augmented Reality Waveguide Design (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both modeling and prototyping of the new concepts.
  • Explore the application of one of the following - polarization concepts, nano or micro optics, diffractive optics, or geometric optics design.
  • The position will have an emphasis on the development of advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and the perceptual impact of those concepts.
  • Collaborate with the larger Facebook Reality Labs 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.
    Minimum Qualifications
    • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in the field of Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field
    • 1+ years experience with geometric, physical optics, diffractive or micro-optics, with an emphasis on modeling and hardware prototyping.
    • Demonstrated ability in optical design software (e.g., proficiency with Zemax, CODE V, or similar).
    • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or similar.
    • Interpersonal skills: 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
      Preferred Qualifications
      • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
      • Experience with non-sequential ray tracing, especially with general-purpose analysis tools such as FRED or ASAP.
      • Experience with Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA) or Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) algorithms
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