Research Intern, Optical System Design (PhD)

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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) is a world leader in the design of virtual and augmented reality systems. We are currently seeking innovative research interns with a passion for technology to develop next-generation head-mounted display and imaging systems at our research location in Redmond, WA. These roles are focused on developing advanced optical imaging and sensing systems for near eye display. In particular we welcome PhD students in optics, electrical engineering, applied physics or similar, with a strong background in optical design, optical instrumentation, interferometry, tissue imaging, sensing and detection, or testing and metrology.

Our internships are twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Required Skills

  • Develop next generation AR/VR systems with an emphasis on modeling and design of new optical concepts
  • Collaborate with the larger FRL team and provide creative leadership on imaging and sensing technologies, photonic integration, and set the path for prototyping
  • Publish research results in top-tier journals and leading international conferences

Minimum Qualification

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD in the field of Optics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, or a related field
  • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, Mathematica, or similar
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
  • 2+ years experience with optical design software, Code V, Zemax, FRED, or Lighttools
  • Strong knowledge in geometrical optics
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated at least one first-authored optics relevant publication at peer-reviewed journal (OSA, IEEE, etc)
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration

Preferred Qualification

  • Demonstrated experience via an internship/work experience
  • Experience with taking optical systems from concept to design
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading optics conferences


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