Research Scientist Intern, Optical Sensing System (PhD)

Research Scientist Intern, Optical Sensing System (PhD)
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The Reality Labs at Meta 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 Scientist Intern, Optical Sensing System (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Develop new concepts and technologies for 3D tracking systems. Perform first level assessment of performance using analytical calculations or computer algorithms.
  • Define sub-system requirements with the product and research teams, then deliver AR/VR hardware, software, and calibration that meets specifications. This may include: hardware (optics, electronics, mechanics, silicon, sensor, data-communication), software (computer vision algorithms, calibration, modeling, analysis), and performance analysis.
  • Participate in the prototyping of multiple NTIs for 3D tracking.
  • Design smart illumination systems using semiconductor sources such as lasers or LEDs.
  • Cross-functional engagement with internal and external partners to develop concepts and prototypes into realizable product hardware designs.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in the field of Computer Science, Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field.
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
  • Experience with geometric, physical optics, diffractive or micro-optics, with an emphasis on modeling and simulations.
  • Experience with designing/building complicated optical systems.
  • Experience in one or more system optimization and analysis tools, such as MATLAB, C++, Java or Python.
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship.
  • Experience with integrated photonics, micro/nano-optics, etc.
  • Experience with 3D tracking methods, algorithms, devices and systems.
  • Experience in opto-mechanical integration and system design.
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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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