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Meta (formerly known as Facebook)

Research Scientist Intern, Advanced Displays (PhD)



Full Time

On Site


Redmond, Washington, United States

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, Advanced Displays (PhD) Responsibilities:

  • Publish research results and contribute to research that can be applied to Meta product development.
  • Develop next generation AR/VR display subsystems with an emphasis on advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and understand the perceptual impact of those concepts.
  • Collaborate with larger Meta Reality Labs Research 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 and perceptual understanding.
  • This position will have an emphasis of advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and the perceptual impact of those concepts.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. degree in Optical Science, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computational Imaging, or relevant technical field.
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.
  • 2+ years experience in at least one of the following areas of research: display technology, geometrical optics, physical optics and polarization optics.
  • 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).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intent to return to degree program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences such as SID, SPIE, OSA etc.
  • Experience working and communicating cross functionally in a team environment.

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.

Meta is proud to be an Equal Employment 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. Meta participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law. Please note that Meta may leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in connection with applications for employment.

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