Careers - Research Scientist, Applied Vision Scientist | Oculus

Research Scientist, Applied Vision Scientist

Research | Redmond, Washington

We are seeking an individual with a background in perceptual systems, human factors and how they relate to device design. As an applied Vision Scientist at Oculus Research in Redmond WA, you will be helping device research and incubation teams uncover the limits of human perception and what their implications are for future AR & VR. You will leverage research from the literature, and from internal teams, to validate the impact that visual displays, HMDs and different systems have on the user’s state. We are looking for an individual who has a proven track record of driving device design with from the user experience perspective. The individual will be expected to collaborate closely with our existing research (perception science, optics, and graphics) teams as well as engineering.


  • Conduct research in perceptual mechanisms that result in user discomfort to derive device specifications for future product directions
  • Collaborate with internal research teams (perception science, optics, graphics and engineering) to explore the visual and sensory factors that relate to user comfort
  • Derive novel experimental approaches to the measurement and assessment of human perceptual comfort, and use these methods to derive specifications based on objective and subjective measurements of the user experience
  • Understand how differences in demographics and user populations alter design changes
  • Engage with engineering and design to communicate and evangelize the findings of experiments

Minimum Qualification

  • Ph.D. in experimental psychology, vision science, or related discipline.
  • Background in perceptual human factors, specializing in perceptual processes, visual comfort, and/or perceptual biases.
  • 3+ years of training in psychophysical and empirical behavioral measurement
  • Illustrated understanding of the human visual system, including the ability to apply this knowledge to predict how the eye, brain, and body may respond to novel systems. Evidenced through coursework, first authored publications and/or presentations at international conferences
  • 3+ years’ experience with conducting small- and large-scale user studies
  • Interpersonal skills – cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the US beginning in 2017

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with psychophysics, experimental methodologies, and/or related statistical analyses
  • Specialization in key areas of perception science, such as oculomotor dynamics (vergence/accommodation), simulator sickness, spatial vision, binocular vision & stereopsis
  • Illustrated experience and passion for HMD device design, as evidenced through first authored publications, presentations and/or previous industry placements through internships or work placements
  • Prior experience with MATLAB, R, Python, and/or C++

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