Careers - Research Scientist, Multi-Sensory Perception | Oculus

Research Scientist, Multi-Sensory Perception

Research | Redmond, Washington

We are looking for scientists with research experience in multi-sensory perception. Experience in research on interaction of visual, auditory, haptic and/or vestibular signals is essential. As a Perceptual Research Scientist at Oculus Research in Redmond WA, you will focus on developing the scientific knowledge required for designing and evaluating VR hardware and software systems. We are committed to a whole-system approach to development of AR/VR technology with an understanding of the human perceptual-motor system at the center. Our research involves both fundamental research on perception and research on how specific engineering choices will impact the user experience. Researchers will have opportunities to 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

  • Design and perform psychophysical studies on multi-sensory perception that will inform design of AR/VR systems
  • Use existing and new experimental data to develop models of multi-sensory perceiver to inform choice in technological paths and predict impacts on user experience
  • Design and perform experiments to establish specifications for visual, audio and haptic hardware/software systems
  • Collaborate with both internal teams and academic institutions to explore and discover perceptual-motor factors that offer revolutionary improvement in AR/VR technology
  • Explore opportunities and requirements to create new multi-sensory virtual experiences and perform research necessary to deliver these.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and engineers to identify and develop experimental systems which allow us to answer novel research questions

Minimum Qualification

  • PhD and/or postdoctoral assignment in Perception Science/Psychology, Bioengineering, or related field
  • Understanding of human perceptual-motor systems, including the ability to develop computational models that can generalize and predict behavior and percepts in novel complex environments
  • Specialization in key areas including any combination of visual, auditory, vestibular and haptic interactions, especially as related perceptual-motor control and space perception.
  • 5+ years of training and/or experience with experimental methodology, psychophysics, and/or related statistical analysis as related to multi-sensory technology
  • 3+ years of experience with display, sound and haptic feedback systems
  • Proven track record of achieving significant research results
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the US beginning in 2017

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with user studies and human factors
  • Prior experience with MATLAB, R, Python, and/or C++

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