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Optical Scientist
Redmond, WA

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Optical ScientistFacebook Reality Labs | Redmond, WA

At Facebook Reality Labs (FRL), our goal is to make great consumer virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences that ship in five to ten years. Come work alongside world leading scientists and engineers to create the technology that makes VR and AR pervasive and universal. Join the adventure of a lifetime as we make science fiction real and change the world. We are currently seeking innovative scientists and engineers with experience designing and modeling advanced optical systems for near-to-eye display applications. This is a full-time position and requires an advanced degree in optical engineering, physics, or similar, and a strong background in optical system design and innovation. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in a dynamic cross-functional team.


* Develop new concepts and technologies for next generation Near-Eye Displays (NEDs), projectors, cameras and sensors. These areas could include: integrated optics, structured light, depth sensing, polarization optics, optical system design and optical metrology
* Modeling and prototyping of critical technologies to drive system performance and to validate achievable visual experience
* Research and development of emerging concepts in imaging systems and optical systems in support of NEDs
* Support evaluation and characterization of optical components, and system integration
* Collaborate with the larger research team to explore concepts, perform trades and drive optical system development to create compelling experiences
* Drive supplier choice, interaction and management in order to deliver prototypes in support of concept demonstrations

Minimum Qualifications

* 3+ years experience in applied research and/or product development of optics or photonic systems
* 3+ years experience maturing designs from proof of concept to early low volume prototypes or taking your own design into production
* 3+ years of experience with optics technologies with one or more of the following: imaging, illumination, physical optics, stray light analysis, radiometry and photometry
* 3+ years of experience with laboratory work in setting up of optical systems, experience with methods and tools for fabrication of optics (molded, polished, diamond turned) as well as micro structures
* 3+ years of experience with design optical tools and methods such as Zemax, CODE V, FRED, or ASAP
* Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
* Experience working without direction and managing a project from start to finish
* Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience with fundamentals in one or more of the disciplines: integrated optics, structured light, depth sensing, polarization optics, optical system design and optical metrology
* Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by product launches, grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences such as Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Optics Express, and relevant SIGGRAPH, SID, OSA, SPIE or similar

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