Research Scientist, Physiology (PhD University Grad)

Oculus | Redmond, WA

The Applied Perception Science team at Oculus Research is seeking an individual with a background in biomedical engineering, human-computer interaction, and/or interactive computing to drive research on physiological sensing and biosensor technologies for AR/VR to help develop models of utilizing these data for assessment and prediction of discomfort, and emotional state. As a Research Scientist at Oculus Research in Redmond WA, you will be tackling the scientific challenges that define cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality systems. The person in this role will develop biosensors to monitor a wide range of physiological signals as well as algorithms to analyze the data. Projects take advantage of internal resources in mechanical, electrical, optical, and software engineering, allowing us to confront scientific questions which cannot be addressed with existing equipment.


  • Identify meaningful biosensing markers for the study of user comfort and perceptuo-motor adaptation in VR/AR
  • Conduct research in novel biosensing technologies (hardware and software) for human-computer interaction in VR/AR
  • Help designing and prototyping hardware for user studies
  • Design, execute, and analyze user studies
  • Collaborate with perceptual scientists, human factors researchers and other internal research teams (optical, applied physics & engineering) to explore aspects of biosensor design for both research and development of AR/VR systems
  • Communicate findings of experiments and set target specifications for biosensors

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently has or is in the process of obtaining a PhD degree or completing a postdoctoral assignment in the field of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Psychology, Applied Physics, human-computer interaction or a related field
  • Experience with a range of physiological sensing methods (hardware and software)
  • 3+ years experience with hardware design and prototyping
  • 3+ years experience validating sensor performance including human data collections when necessary
  • Knowledge of human physiology
  • Experience in MATLAB, Python, and/or R
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration
  • Able to obtain work authorization in the US beginning in 2018
  • Available to start employment on or after February 1, 2018

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exhibited experience using physiological sensing for neuroscientific research
  • 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 SPIE, IEEE, COSYNE and HFES.

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