Research Engineer - Pilots Team

Research Engineer - Pilots Team
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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 fast building and prototyping complex capture systems, as well as processing the capture data through large-scale pipelines. You will act as a bridge between world-class researchers and engineers, collaborating together on the innovation necessary to build the foundations of social presence technology. At our lab, you will be exposed to facilities, algorithms, and data that are years ahead of anything else in existence today. We want people who work well across disciplines, are excited about getting research prototypes to really work, and are excited to work in new technology areas.
Research Engineer - Pilots Team Responsibilities
  • Prototype and quickly develop complex multimodal capture systems for cutting-edge technology related avatars, 3D audio and 3D environments.
  • Process large-scale data, including the calibration and registration of multimodal data and vision-based tracking algorithms.
  • Operate and build complex data pipelines at scale such that data can be moved effectively across data centers.
  • 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.
  • Work with the team to help design, setup, and run practical experiments and prototype systems related to large-scale long-duration sensing and machine reasoning.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, relevant technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Has a BS, MS degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in C++.
  • Demonstrated experience with Python or other scripting languages.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and operating computers in Linux environments.
  • Experience in developing software related to the robotics field (sensors, kinematics, computer vision) and integration of hardware components into a complex pipeline.
  • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
  • Understanding of computer science fundamentals: algorithms, computer architecture, operating systems, computer networks, and databases.
  • Experience working independently, handling concurrent projects where timelines may be ambiguous or changing, and prioritizing team roadmap and deliverables by balancing required effort with resulting impact
  • Experience with early-stage research and rapid prototype practices
  • Experience in working with cross-functional teams
  • 1+ years of experience from a related industry or related graduate school lab research
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with real world system building and data collection, including design, coding and evaluation (C++/Python).
  • Experience in vision-based tracking algorithms and complex multimodal sensor synchronization and geometric calibration.
  • Experience in database and data management systems at scale.
  • Experience developing software for robotics applications.
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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$146,994/year to $208,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits

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