Careers - Research Intern, Optical Physics | Oculus

Research Intern, Optical Physics

Interns & Co-Ops, University, Internship - Engineering, Tech & Design | Redmond, Washington

Oculus is a world leader in the design of virtual reality systems. We are currently seeking innovative research interns with a passion for technology to develop next-generation head-mounted display and imaging systems at our research location in Redmond, WA. This role is focused on topics in optical physics and novel sensor technologies with a possible emphasis on building mathematical models, system performance simulations, or experimental investigations in polarization, novel sensing modalities, laser physics, or similar topics. The position requires a PhD in optical sciences, electrical engineering, physics or applied physics, or similar, with a strong fundamental background in optics.

Our internship is twelve (12) to sixteen (16) weeks long and we have various start dates available throughout the year.


  • Development of computational tools to performance advanced simulations
  • Development of methods to experimentally validate simulations
  • Establish prototypes that demonstrate proof of concept in an experimental system architecture
  • Work Cross functionally with other disciplines to develop experimental setups and prototype concepts
  • Publish research results in top-tier journals and at leading international conferences

Minimum Qualification

  • Pursuing a Masters or PhD degree in the field of Physics, Applied Physics, Optical Sciences or Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Currently enrolled in a full time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the internship
  • Expertise in one or more areas of physical optics, polarization, sensor physics, fourier optics, laser physics
  • 1+ years experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance)
  • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Python, Mathematica, Maple, or similar
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Ability to obtain work authorization in the United States in 2017

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability in optical design and modeling methods (e.g., proficiency with Matlab, Zemax, Code V, or similar)
  • Demonstrated experience via an internship, work experience, or widely used contributions to open source projects
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by first-authored publications

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