Careers - Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Photonic Devices (PhD University Grad) | Oculus

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Photonic Devices (PhD University Grad)

Research | Redmond, Washington

Oculus Research, the research division of Oculus (Facebook), is looking for a world-class Postdoctoral Research Scientist to develop, model, prototype, and evaluate photonic devices compatible with next generation sensors for AR and VR devices. 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.


  • Responsible for defining and executing a research agenda exploring the frontier of photonic devices intended for use in for active sensing systems.
  • Evaluating, modeling, and prototyping photonic crystals and optical waveguides for use in existing and/or novel sensing systems. Extensive knowledge of diffractive optical elements, scanning beam devices, electro-optics, optical phased arrays, and similar approaches.
  • Responsible for preparing and communicating quantitative analyses, comparisons, and summaries to research teams within Oculus Research.
  • Collaborate closely with internal and external design teams, sensor architects, computer vision scientists, other optical experts and system architects to develop next generation sensor technologies and to remain informed of how the research agenda may be incorporated into future algorithms and practical hardware form factors.
  • Prepare publication-quality results for internal and external conferences, and peer-reviewed journals.
  • Some international and domestic travel may required

Minimum Qualification

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree or completing a postdoctoral assignment in the field of optics, applied physics, device physics, electrical engineering, or similar
  • Must be available to start employment on or after January 1, 2018
  • 5+ years experience working with photonic devices, physical optics, illumination systems, or imaging optics in an academic or industry research environment
  • 3+ years experience with computational electromagnetism, FDTD techniques, and modeling waveguides
  • Understanding of laser and LEDs, radiometry, diffraction, instrument control, data acquisition, electrical and optical test systems, device physics, fourier analysis, photonic crystals and band structure, and signal/image processing
  • Experience building prototype hardware in an optical research lab (academic or industry)
  • Experience in programming with at least one of the following languages: MATLAB, Python, C/C++, C#, or LabView
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the U.S. beginning in 2018

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences such as relevant IEEE, OSA, and SPIE conferences, or similar

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