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Optical Scientist Intern, Photonic Optimization and Inverse Design (PhD)

Company: Oculus
Location: Redmond
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Job Description:

The Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) 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 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 sixteen (16), or twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

  • Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both modeling and prototyping new concepts.
  • Explore one of the following optimization methods for photonic design - adjoint method, machine learning, Bayesian optimization.
  • The position will have an emphasis on the development of advanced simulations and optimization algorithms to prove new concepts and the perceptual impact of those concepts.
  • Collaborate with the larger Facebook Reality Labs team and provide creative leadership on display technologies.
  • The type of work should be publishable research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences.
    • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in the field of Optical Science, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics or a related field.
    • 2+ years experience in geometric, physical optics, integrated photonics or nanophotonics emphasizing modeling and optimization.
    • 2+ years hands-on experience in scientific computing and one or more of the following optical modelling methods: FDTD, FDFD, FEM, RCWA, or similar.
    • 2+ years hands-on experience in one or more of the following optical optimization methods: adjoint method, deep learning, Bayesian optimization, evolutionary algorithms, or similar.
    • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Python, C++, or similar.
    • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
    • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
      • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
      • Strong computational background with deep understanding of numerical partial differential equations.
      • Experience with high-performance computing and/or CUDA programming.
      • Experience with machine learning frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, or similar.
      • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications. Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started. Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at

Keywords: Oculus, Redmond , Optical Scientist Intern, Photonic Optimization and Inverse Design (PhD), Other , Redmond, Washington

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