Research Scientist Intern, Hearing Science and Auditory Perception (PhD)

Research Scientist Intern, Hearing Science and Auditory Perception (PhD)
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Redmond, WA
The Meta Reality Labs Research 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 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. You can find out more about us here: We further believe that AR/VR will be the backbone of revolutionary new devices capable of hearing enhancement and correction for those with difficulty understanding speech in noise. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in advancing the state of the art in hearing correction and enhancement technology using AR/VR.We are looking for someone with the vision and creativity to see beyond what a traditional hearing aid is capable of and take full advantage of what AR/VR has to offer in terms of enabling and enhancing communication for both normal and hearing impaired listeners. The role requires a background in audiology, hearing science, auditory physiology, neuroscience, or hearing aid / cochlear implant signal processing. Successful candidates will have strong skills in audiology, speech intelligibility assessment and modeling, speech enhancement, and/or machine learning with signal processing. Our internships are sixteen (16) to twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.
Research Scientist Intern, Hearing Science and Auditory Perception (PhD) Responsibilities
  • Basic and applied research on perception and speech intelligibility, with a goal of solving problems in spatial audio and/or hearing assistance.
  • Collaboration with and support of other researchers across various disciplines.
  • Communication of research agenda, progress, and full analyses of results.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD and in the field of Hearing Science, Neuroscience, Signal Processing or similar or a related field.
  • 1+ years of experience in MATLAB, Python, C/C++, or equivalent programming language.
  • 1+ years of experience in statistics and/or machine learning at the doctoral level.
  • 1+ years of experience in binaural rendering, spatial hearing, or signal processing.
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
  • Experience in human auditory spatial and speech perception.
  • Experience in real-time audio and audio algorithms development.
  • Experience in real-time audio and audio algorithms development. Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at relevant journals or conferences, e.g. IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), NeurIPS, ICML, IEEE MLSP, Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and Audio Engineering Society (AES).
  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
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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