Careers - Perceptual Research Scientist, Psychoacoustics/Audiovisual | Oculus

Perceptual Research Scientist, Psychoacoustics/Audiovisual

Research | Redmond, Washington

Perception is at the center of our research, as it informs our work in displays, audio, optics, and practically every other area. As a Perceptual Research Scientist at Oculus Research in Redmond WA, you’ll be tackling the scientific challenges that define cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality, addressing heretofore-unanswered questions in psychoacoustics, auditory perception, and multi-sensory integration. This involves both applied and basic science, as they inform our research directions and identify opportunities for revolutionary experiences. We’re committed to a whole-system, multidisciplinary approach to perceptual research, and both collaborate with academic institutions and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Projects take advantage of internal resources in mechanical, electrical, optical, and software engineering, allowing us to confront scientific questions which cannot be addressed with existing equipment.

Responsibilities

  • Research into perception and human factors, both in terms of basic science and how it informs other research and product directions
  • Collaborate with both internal teams and academia in research to explore perceptual factors, define limits and specifications, and discover opportunities for revolutionary improvement in virtual and augmented reality auditory displays and systems.
  • Explore opportunities and requirements to create new virtual auditory experiences and perform research necessary to deliver these.
  • Collaborate with other researchers and engineers to identify and develop experimental systems which allow us to answer novel research questions, performing research of factors both in isolation and as part of an ecologically valid complete system.

Minimum Qualification

  • PhD and/or postdoctoral assignment in psychoacoustics, perceptual psychology, multisensory integration, neurosciences, or related field
  • Experience in understanding the human auditory system and hearing mechanisms and applying this model to novel situations
  • Specialization in key areas such as spatial hearing, audio-visual perception, dynamic motion processing, signal processing, and physical/neurological perceptual factors valued
  • Experience with experimental methodology, psychophysics, and/or related statistical analysis
  • Proven track record of achieving significant research results
  • Prior experience with MATLAB, R, Python, and/or C++ preferred
  • Experience with user studies and human factors preferred
  • Experience with the design or analysis of auditory devices and hearing-aid systems preferred
  • Strong publication record is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills - cross-group and cross-culture collaboration

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