Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Time of Flight Sensors (PhD University Grad)

Research | Redmond, WA

Oculus Research, the research division of Oculus (Facebook), is looking for a world-class Postdoctoral Research Scientist to develop, model, prototype, and evaluate on-chip and in-pixel signal processing technologies compatible with next generation time-of-flight 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 time-of-flight sensor technologies intended for use in for active sensing systems
  • Evaluating, modeling, and prototyping photon-counting and time detection technologies for use in existing and/or novel sensing systems. Extensive knowledge of CMOS device physics, TCAD modeling and performance simulation, foundry processing practices, analog and digital processing, and image sensors, and similar technologies
  • 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
  • International and domestic travel may be required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree or completing a postdoctoral assignment in the field of electrical engineering, applied physics, device physics, physics or similar
  • Must be available to start employment on or after December 1, 2017
  • 3+ years experience design and modeling of novel CMOS device technologies in an academic or industry research environment
  • 2+ years lab or modeling experience with photon counting devices or digital time stamping arrival times of individual photons or incoming pulses of infrared illumination sources
  • Understanding of solid-state physics, CMOS design and modeling, analog and digital signal processing, standard foundry processes, single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs), data acquisition, electrical and optical test systems.
  • Experience building prototype hardware in an optical research lab (academic or industry)
  • 3+ years programming with at least one of the following languages: MATLAB, Python, C/C++, C#, LabView.
  • Knowledge in TCAD and PSPICE modeling tools
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the U.S. beginning in 2017

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 SIGGRAPH, relevant IEEE, OSA, and SPIE conferences, or similar

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