Research Engineer for Codec Avatars

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Research Engineer for Codec Avatars
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Pittsburgh, PA
At Meta Reality Labs Research, we aspire to achieve a vision of social presence in VR and AR where people are able to interact with each other across distances in a way that is indistinguishable from in-person interactions. We are looking for exceptional Research Engineers who are excited about architecting a software platform that can capture reliably and at scale large amounts of multimodal data for the generation of photorealistic avatars. You will design and develop the foundation used by a large community of engineers and researchers to generate a photorealistic virtual reality experience. You will also be responsible for optimizing the data that is stored, that is, eliminate data redundancy and maximize the efficiency of the stored data to achieve an optimal balance between quality and storage requirements. This includes the evaluation of different strategies that delete, compress and modify fragments of data while ensuring the highest quality of codec avatars. At our lab, you will be exposed to facilities, algorithms, and data that are years ahead of anything else in existence today. In particular, the project will leverage one of the largest GPU clusters currently in existence. We want people who work well across disciplines, are excited about creating highly-reliable large-scale software systems, enabling research prototypes to work at scale, and are excited to work in new technology areas.
Research Engineer for Codec Avatars Responsibilities
  • Architect a highly scalable software platform that allows the capture of population scale amounts of multimodal data.
  • Drive complex experiments with the goal of making data-driven decisions for impacting org-wide challenges.
  • Drive the complete software development lifecycle from initial research and analysis through design and implementation with maintenance and support for libraries, applications, and services.
  • Design intuitive software APIs that researchers and engineers can effectively use.
  • Collaborate with other researchers and engineers across both machine and human perception teams at Meta to develop experiments, prototypes, and concepts that advance the state-of-the-art in AR/VR systems.
  • Mentor and guide software engineers and interns.
Minimum Qualifications
  • BSc, MSc or PhD degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • 10+ years of experience in C++ and Python
  • 5+ years in software development experience developing, debugging, and shipping software products on large code bases that span platforms and tools
  • Demonstrated experience developing APIs, SDKs and developer tools
  • Experience developing in high performance computing GPU cluster environments (i.e. AWS, google cloud) as well as related platform technologies (containerization, distributed task schedulers, storage and network software technologies)
  • Experience with application fundamentals such as lifecycle, testability, performance, telemetry, diagnostics, and power/CPU/memory consumption
  • Interpersonal and cross-functional experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with machine learning, computer vision, and/or computer graphics
  • Experience with deep learning model design and development in PyTorch
  • Experience developing and debugging in large cluster environments
  • Experience developing web-based applications and services at scale
  • Experience developing software for robotics applications
  • Experience designing data management systems with large database backends, as well as related programming technologies (schema designs, SQL, etc.)
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