Applied Research Scientist, Perception and Human Factors

Design & User Experience | Menlo Park, CA

The goal of virtual reality is to convince your senses that you have been truly transported to another place, and doing so requires a deep, scientific understanding of the human inside the system. As an Applied Research Scientist for Oculus in Menlo Park, you will leverage the knowledge and skills of perceptual science in service of defining the form and function of our hardware and software. From optics to user interface, you will develop a wide breadth of experiments and metrics to grow our understanding of human perception and physical comfort while using VR. Oculus is committed to creating an engaging and immersive virtual reality experience that users can enjoy comfortably for hours. Your research will help achieve that goal by guiding product requirements, benchmarking and comparing prototypes, and informing the multidimensional considerations that contribute to the design of our hardware and software.


  • Research perception and human factors in a variety of Oculus products to inform product decisions
  • Develop and track metrics for benchmarking the comfort and quality of products under development
  • Develop psychophysical and behavioral experiments to better understand human perception in the context of new and emerging technologies
  • Collaborate with a variety of teams across Oculus in developing studies, then defining product requirements and specifications based on human perception and user feedback
  • Communicate findings across interdisciplinary teams of researchers, engineers, and product managers

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. in perceptual psychology, human factors, neuroscience, vision science, or related field
  • 4+ years experience with experiment design, psychophysics, and related statistical analyses
  • Understanding of the human perceptual system and the ability to apply such knowledge to analyzing its behavior in novel systems
  • Proven track record of scientific research
  • Experienced with collaboration across product teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Specialization in perceptual science or human factors such as low-level perceptual mechanisms including ergonomics of head-mounted displays, consumer displays, or optical instruments
  • Prior experience with MATLAB, R, C++, and/or Python

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