Research Scientist Intern, Photonics (PhD) | Meta

Dec. 5, 2022

The Meta 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.

Research Scientist Intern, Photonics (PhD) Responsibilities

  • Develop novel coupling techniques for joining photonic devices

  • Develop new designs of functional active photonic devices, active metamaterial components, liquid crystal integration, controllable light matter interaction, etc.

  • Explore opportunities of source integration for next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both compact form factor as well as easy of assembly

  • Explore one of the following optimization methods for photonic design-adjoint method, machine learning, Bayesian optimization

  • Explore applications of photonic modules for next generation AR/VR display prototypes with an emphasis on both new functionality and new concepts

  • Carry out performance analysis and comparison of different approaches/designs with respect to key figures of merit

  • This 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 Meta RLR team and provide creative solutions for display and imaging technologies

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

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Experience with mathematical and practical aspects of active integrated photonic devices, semiconductor physics, optical metamaterial, and/or micro/nano-optics OR 3+ years experience with numerical studies on integrated photonics, micro/nano-optics, etc. with demonstrated ability to design photonic assemblies.

    • Experience with scientific programming languages or optical simulation tools such as Lumerical, Matlab, Python, MEEP, C++, or similar.

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

    • Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration

    • Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in the field of Optical Science or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, computational imaging or a related field.

      Preferred Qualifications

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

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

      • Experience with high-performance computing and/or CUDA programming.

      • Experience with machine learning frameworks such as PyTorch, TensorFlow, or similar.

      • Strong computational background with deep understanding of numerical partial differential equations.

      • Intent to return to a degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.

      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.

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