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Meta Optical Scientist Intern, Waveguide Design (PhD) in Des Moines, Iowa


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.


The Facebook 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.

Required Skills:

  1. Explore the potential applications for AR/VR displays enabled by advanced optical nano-structures and waveguide design.

  2. Optical design and modeling of waveguides to meet system requirements.

  3. Study any artifacts in waveguide.

  4. Collaborate with the larger Facebook reality labs team to explore novel solution space for AR/VR devices.

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

Minimum Qualifications:

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

  2. 3+ years of modeling and hands-on experience in one or more of the following areas: geometrical optics, wave optics, micro/nano optics, and/or polarization holograms.

  3. In-depth understanding of wave optics modeling such as FEM or RCWA with proven track of modeling skills.

  4. 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or similar.

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

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  2. Experience with optical design using standard design software such as Zemax, CODE V, VirtualLab, FRED, or LightTools.

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

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

Industry: Internet

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