Research Scientist Intern, Computational Imaging and Display (PhD) | Meta

Dec. 5, 2022

Meta 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. Our internships are twelve (12) to sixteen (16), or twenty-four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Research Scientist Intern, Computational Imaging and Display (PhD) Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with an optics research team to develop, calibrate, drive, and test novel display architectures.

  • Develop new calibration and rendering schemes specific to a novel display architecture and implement known schemes as appropriate.

  • 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 Meta Reality Labs team and provide creative leadership on display 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, computational imaging or a related field.

    • 2+ years experience in geometric, physical optics, computational imaging or micro-optics emphasizing modeling and hardware prototyping.

    • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or similar.

    • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.

    • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Experience in calibrating camera arrays or projector arrays.

      • Intent to return to a degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.

      • 2+ years experience with optical design programs such as Code V, Zemax, Lighttools, FRED, Lumerical, Comsol or similar.

      • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications.

      About Meta

      Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.

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