Facebook Research Scientist Manager, Optical Science in Menlo Park, California


The Oculus team at Facebook is helping more people around the world come together and connect through world-class VR hardware and software. With global departments dedicated to VR research, computer vision, haptics, social interaction, and more, Oculus is committed to driving the state of the art forward through relentless innovation. VR’s potential to change the world is immense—and we’re just getting started.

We are seeking a Research Scientist Manager to join our User Research Team and Insights Organization. We are looking for a talented researcher with a background in basic and applied vision science to drive research on novel display technologies for VR. As a Research Scientist at Oculus in Menlo Park CA, you will be tackling the scientific challenges that define the impact on image quality and visual comfort for VR applications. The person in this role will study the impact of display system architectures on depth perception, the detectability of display artifacts, perceived image quality, and visual comfort for VR applications. Projects take advantage of internal resources in mechanical, electrical, optical, and software engineering, allowing us to confront scientific and engineering questions which cannot be addressed with existing equipment.

Required Skills:

  1. Build, lead, mentor, inspire, and enable a world-class perception science team.

  2. Work with user research, research scientists and cross-functional teams to develop and pursue a vision for next-generation virtual reality technology.

  3. Explore technical requirements to create new experiences and advance technologies necessary to create architectures that can deliver these requirements.

  4. Collaborate and work across teams to develop concepts that advance the entire product pipeline (hardware, software, computer vision, etc.).

  5. Derive novel experimental approaches to assess the impact of spatial and temporal properties of novel display systems for AR/VR.

  6. Employ existing knowledge of human sensory encoding and display quality metrics to help guide engineers toward effective display solutions.

  7. Enable internal research teams (optical, applied physics & engineering) to explore aspects of displays impacting user comfort that are unique to AR/VR systems.

  8. Communicate findings of experiments and set target specifications for novel display systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 10+ years of hands-on perception research and development experience.

  2. 5+ years of management experience.

  3. Mentorship experience with experience leading an organization at various experience levels ranging from interns to researchers.

  4. Technical knowledge across a range of topics including imaging, illumination, radiometry and photometry, physical and geometric optics, statistics, and polarization.

  5. Subject matter expert in applied research demonstrated through publications, patents, and shipped products.

  6. Experience collaborating and working across teams to develop concepts that advance the entire product pipeline (hardware, software, computer vision, etc.).

  7. Ph.D. or equivalent experience in vision science, physiological optics, bioengineering, or related field with an emphasis on psychophysics and/or perceptual modeling.

Industry: Internet

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