Research Scientist, Laser Scientist (PhD)

Research Scientist, Laser Scientist (PhD)
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At Meta’s Reality Labs Research, our goal is to make world-class consumer virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences. Come work alongside industry-leading scientists and engineers to create the technology that makes VR and AR pervasive and universal. Join the adventure of a lifetime as we make science fiction real and change the world. Optics & Display Research (O&DR) is seeking an innovative Laser Research Scientist who will be responsible for the research and development of novel laser components for AR and VR display applications. You will lead the effort of exploring new concepts in laser diode technologies for potential use in AR and VR. You will be responsible for working with other teams to provide proof of concept viability and demonstrations to product teams for future commercialization. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in a dynamic, cross-functional team.
Research Scientist, Laser Scientist (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Develop novel high-performance laser diode devices in the visible wavelength range, from physical concepts to demonstrating device performance and manufacturability.
  • Work across physics fundamentals, epitaxy, device design, fabrication processes, and advanced characterization.
  • Design and implement advanced test equipment to characterize laser diodes in a R&D environment.
  • Contribute to technology development, internally and through external partners, including, epitaxy of compound semiconductors, optoelectronic device architecture and design, and semiconductor process development.
  • Take leadership in identifying technologies, managing internal and external investigations, and selecting technical pathways to support evolving program needs.
  • Work with internal teams and external partners to deliver robust processes & devices that meet development roadmap targets.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Physics, relevant technical field, or equivalent practical experience. Degree must be completed prior to joining Meta.
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, relevant technical field, or equivalent practical experience. Degree must be completed prior to joining Meta.
  • Hands-on experience in research and development in semiconductors/optoelectronics.
  • Experience in one of the following areas: laser diode fabrication, laser diode simulation, laser diode test and characterization.
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working and communicating cross-functionally in a team environment.
  • Experience in modeling device physics, materials science, and device physics (e.g., laser diodes, light emitting diodes).
  • Experience in semiconductor technologies, covering various material systems (e.g., InGaN, AlInGaP) or device types including light-emitting diodes (LED), lasers diodes.
  • Experience with semiconductor epitaxy (e.g., metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, molecular beam epitaxy), semiconductor processing, process/device characterization, test and assembly, reliability and failure analysis.
  • Familiar with high-speed optoelectronics.
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences such as OSA, SPIE, IEEE, or SID.
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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$116,000/year to $168,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits

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