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Facebook Research Intern, Computational Imaging - Optics (PhD) in Pierre, South Dakota


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.


Come invent the future. Join The Display Systems Research (DSR) group at Facebook Reality Labs Research (FRL Research), whose work spans new VR headset concepts, new types of computational displays, complex experimental systems, and AI-driven graphics. Partner with research scientists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and software engineers to build cutting-edge prototypes and create the AR/VR technology that will bring people together across the globe.We welcome PhD students in computer science, optics, electrical engineering, applied physics or similar, with experience in optical design, computational cameras and displays, and diffractive imaging. Our internships are sixteen (16) to twenty four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Required Skills:

  1. Investigate novel systems and components for sensing and display that achieve high performance through a combination of algorithms and optics

  2. Implement proof-of-concept hardware prototypes that redefine the state-of-the-art in virtual and augmented reality

  3. Collaborate with scientists and engineers from a variety of technical backgrounds through all stages of project development

  4. Publish research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD in the field of Computer Science, Optics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or a related field

  2. Experience with geometric optics, physical optics, radiometry and detection, including modeling and simulation

  3. 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, Mathematica, or similar

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

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Prior research investigating 3D sensing and displays

  2. 2+ years experience with optical design, sequential or non-sequential ray-tracing

  3. 2+ years experience with optical instrumentation, emphasizing modeling and hardware prototyping

  4. Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications in journals or at conferences, etc.

  5. Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship

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