Facebook Research Intern, Liquid Crystal Optics (PhD University Student) in Redmond, Washington


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Facebook Reality Labs are a world leader in the design of virtual 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 the research and development of optical components and systems towards building advanced virtual reality display systems. In particular we welcome PhD students in optical science or engineering, electrical engineering, physics, or similar.

Our internships are Six (16) to twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Required Skills:

  1. Collaborate with the larger Facebook reality labs team to explore the application of liquid crystal tech in AR/VR near eye displays .

  2. Develop next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both modeling and prototyping of the new concepts.

  3. The position will have an emphasizing the development of advanced simulations and prototyping to prove new concepts and the perceptual impact of those concepts.

  4. The type of work should be publishable research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Pursuing a PhD degree in the field of Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or a related field

  2. Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the internship/co-op

  3. Must be available for a 3-6 month internship between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019

  4. 3+ years experience in Liquid Crystal optics emphasizing modeling and prototyping in a cleanroom environment

  5. Demonstrated ability in optical design and modeling methods (e.g., proficiency with Comsol, Zemax, Code V, M, or similar)

  6. 1+ years experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance)

  7. 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or similar

  8. Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration

  9. Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated experience via an internship, work experience, or widely used contributions to open source projects

  2. Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications

Industry: Internet

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