Careers - Thermal Architect | Oculus

Thermal Architect

Hardware Engineering | Menlo Park, California

As a thermal mechanical engineer at Oculus, you will take a critical role in bringing VR to our customers. You will develop thermal solutions for next-generation consumer virtual reality hardware. You will take the lead exploring and refining major elements of the consumer Rift through hands-on, iterative prototyping, while working with a team of diverse, top engineers. You will refine selected designs and coordinate with manufacturing experts during the production process. We are looking for someone with a productive mindset who can apply their mechanical engineering expertise to solve problems in creative, insightful ways. Our ideal candidate has a strong thermal design background, excellent prototyping skills, 3D CAD capability, and experience in designing and manufacturing consumer technology products.


  • Provide cross-functional leadership and direction in the development of product architectures
  • Collaborate with designers and other engineers (EE/ME/Test) to identify challenges, strategically create simulations, build and conduct tests, and present findings to designers and other engineers early and often.
  • Build thermal prototypes in the shop for early validation
  • Scale efforts by leveraging internal/external resources
  • Serve as resident thermal expert to help expand general team knowledge of thermal design
  • Contribute to the creation of technical specifications and product definition.
  • Create processes to assure early analysis and design validation of critical issues.
  • Able to organize and lead design and technical reviews.
  • Advance team capabilities by continually being aware of new thermal management technology and leveraging latest features in software tools.
  • Perform or lead testing to measure product performance and validate thermal analysis.
  • Present results in a form actionable by cross-functional team members.
  • Drive failure analysis, root cause efforts, and design of experiments to resolve problems.

Minimum Qualification

  • Experience architecting products around thermal solutions
  • Analyze thermal architectures utilizing engineering fundamentals
  • Experience identifying first order and second order system drivers.
  • 5+ years of experience in design, development and launch of low cost high-volume consumer electronic products
  • 5+ years of experience in CFD analysis
  • 5+ years of thermal design experience for printed circuit boards, flex circuits, thermal interface materials, digital chips/device, heatsinks and other active/passive cooling solutions
  • Experience with optical systems
  • Experience with Acoustic design practices
  • Prior professional experience driving China-based vendors remotely and in-person
  • Ability to travel approximately 10% annually (sometimes with little notice)
  • Mandarin and/or Cantonese language skills
  • BS or higher in Mechanical, Chemical, or Hardware Engineering or equivalent work experience.

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