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Facebook Postdoctoral Applied Researcher, Empirical Software Eng (PhD University Grad) in Seattle, Washington


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 seeking a Postdoctoral Applied Researcher to help us address the challenges we face in understanding value and improving quality of correctness signal provided by developer - defined tests and other forms of software verification. Individuals in this role are expected to be recognized experts in the area of testing and verification of computer software. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in producing new science and building systems to improve productivity of Facebook’s internal developers. Term length will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To learn more about our research, visit https://research.facebook.com.

Required Skills:

  1. Collaborate on research to advance the state of the art in change-based test selection and test flakiness mitigation.

  2. Prototype solutions to enhance the quality of correctness signal provided by developer-defined tests and other forms of software verification.

  3. Devise novel methods for quantifying effectiveness of test suites at detecting correctness and performance regressions in computer software.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree in Computer Science or related field.

  2. Experience collaborating within a team to solve analytical problems using quantitative approaches.

  3. Experience manipulating and analyzing data from varying sources.

  4. Experience communicating research to audiences of peers.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience conducting original research in the area of testing and software verification that can be applied to problems at Facebook.

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: 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 accommodations-ext@fb.com.