Facebook Research Scientist, Connectivity Labs - Physics in Menlo Park, California


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities — we're just getting started.


We believe connecting the world is one of the greatest challenges of our generation, and that everyone deserves access to the knowledge, tools, and opportunities that come from being connected. That’s why we, along with other tech companies, launched Internet.org, a global partnership to make the Internet available to the two thirds of the world's population that doesn’t have it. The FB Connectivity Lab team works on developing new platforms and solutions for connectivity.

We're seeking a Research Scientist who is adept at collaboratively evaluating problems from a global level to the nanoscale, from the lab to field deployments, in a variety of domains that include, but aren't limited to: digital communications systems, wired, wireless, fiber-optic systems and software, RF and optical signal propagation, RF, optical, other EE components, and material science. We're also looking for someone with demonstrated success as a research program lead engaging both internal and external partner teams. Come join us and help grow a world class research team to support our connectivity efforts.

Required Skills:

  1. Foster a positive, creative, and collaborative environment, encouraging brainstorming and an openness to try new, unconventional ideas

  2. Conduct research to advance the science and technology of complex communications components and systems in support of Connectivity Lab's mission

  3. Identify and engage external research teams (both corporate and academic) that are aligned with the FB Connectivity mission

  4. Mentor researchers and engineering teams to support FB Connectivity Labs

  5. Collaborate with researchers inside and outside of Facebook

  6. Champion research, engineering, and operational excellence for establishing metrics, tools, and processes to regularly assess project progress and improvement

  7. Collaborate with engineering and management teams to set clear expectations and create a positive work environment based on accountability

  8. Work with FBC engineering, product managers, and our partnership teams to transition research to products

  9. Share results internally and externally through means of publications, presentations, and blogposts

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. B.S. or M.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related technical field

  2. Physics experience with experience working on communication systems

  3. 10+ years of technical leadership experience architecting, developing, and launching hardware/software projects and/or services

  4. Demonstrated track record of starting projects, companies, or research labs

  5. Experience with technical leadership in leading research efforts

  6. Experience handling multiple priorities

  7. Knowledge on how culture and team dynamics create teams

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations-ext@fb.com or you may call us at +1 650-308-7837.