Careers - Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Optical Physics and Advanced Sensor Technology | Oculus

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Optical Physics and Advanced Sensor Technology

Research | Redmond, Washington

Oculus is a world leader in the design of virtual reality systems. We are currently seeking innovative researchers with a passion for technology to conduct research aimed at developing 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 innovative sensing modalities with a possible emphasis in physical optics (such as rigorous computations, polarization, diffraction theory, or nanotechnology) or sensors and detection. The position is a fixed-term (postdoctoral) contract for 24 months and requires a PhD in optical science, physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, or similar, with a strong fundamental background in optics.


  • Development of computational tools to perform advanced simulations
  • Development of methods to experimentally validate simulations
  • Establish prototypes that demonstrate proof of concept in an experimental system architecture
  • Collaborate with the larger Oculus Research team and provide creative leadership in advanced optical and sensor technologies
  • Work cross functionally with other disciplines to develop experimental setups and prototype concepts
  • Mentor MS/PhD interns and collaborate with external academic groups to advance our research goals

Minimum Qualification

  • PhD and/or postdoctoral assignment in Optical Science, Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Graduating with a PhD, or completing a university postdoctoral assignment, during 2017
  • Experience in one or more areas of physical optics, polarization, sensor physics, fourier optics, laser physics
  • Experience with experimental optics and conducting laboratory work (i.e., demonstrated ability to construct proof-of-concept systems and to evaluate performance)
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the US for a two-year period beginning in 2017

Preferred Qualifications

  • Foundation in optical design and modeling methods (e.g., proficiency with Matlab, Zemax, Code V, C++, C#, or similar)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Proven track record of achieving academic results

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