Research Scientist Intern, Optical Design (PhD)

Research Scientist Intern, Optical Design (PhD)
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Redmond, WA
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, Optical Design (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Develop next generation AR/VR displays with an emphasis on advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and understand the perceptual impact of those concepts
  • Collaborate with larger Meta RLR team to explore novel solution space for AR/VR devices
  • Explore the application of at least one of the following: wave optics, polarization optics, geometrical optics
  • Explore the application of at least one of the following: illumination, stray light/ghost analysis of optical system, geometrical optics design
  • This position will have an emphasis of advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and the perceptual impact of those concepts
  • The type of work should be publishable research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences
Minimum Qualifications
  • 2+ years’ experience in wave optics, polarization optics, or geometrical optics, emphasizing modeling and prototyping.
  • 2+ years’ experience with optical design programs such as Zemax OpticStudio, Code V, LightTools, FRED, or similar.
  • 2+ years experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance).
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience via an internship, work experience, or project-based coursework.
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, or first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences such as OSA, SPIE, IEEE, etc.
  • Intent to return to a degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
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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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$7,313/month to $10,250/month + benefits

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