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Manager, Hardware Engineering Lead, Human Understanding

Facebook Reality Labs | Pittsburgh, PA

Facebook Reality Labs is dedicated to the research and development required to bring virtual and augmented reality to billions of people around the world. At the Pittsburgh lab, we aspire to a vision of social VR and AR, where people can interact with each other across distances in a way that is indistinguishable from in-person interactions.
Facebook Reality Labs is looking for a Hardware Engineering Manager (HWEM) for their office in Pittsburgh, PA. The ideal candidate will have a background and hands on experience in mechanical engineer with solid formal or practical experience in electrical systems. As a HWEM you will lead multidisciplinary programs to develop innovative sensing technologies and the next generation of custom wearable motion capture systems. You will establish requirements with researchers and engineers, manage program schedules, identify risks and associated mitigation plans, and clearly communicate to program stakeholders. Communication and technical aptitude are critical in this role as you will be the liaison between researchers, mechanical, hardware, electrical, and software engineers and you will assist with determining project priority and feasibility. As an expert in your engineering field you will also provide individual technical contributions by implementing electro/mechanical solutions to the projects under your leadership. This is an intellectually complex and operationally challenging role that will afford the opportunity to lead the development of technologies that have the potential to change the way humans communicate and interact regardless of distance.


  • Inspire & lead the hardware and electrical engineering efforts of the lab.
  • Mentor a small team of mechanical engineers and other engineering managers.
  • Coordinate with key partners (Research, Engineering, Leadership, Operations, Legal, Facilities, etc.) to support new and ongoing projects.
  • Manage project meetings, schedules, milestones and delivery.
  • Designing, simulating, prototyping, and testing of virtual and augmented reality systems which combine electronics, mechanics, optics and software.
  • Provide individual technical contributions in your area of expertise.
  • Leadership experience in leading individuals and facilitating teams to find solutions to problems.
  • Effectively influence leaders and key partners to gain alignment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • 7+ years of experience as a hardware leader working across one or more of the following areas: electrical, mechanical, and software.
  • Experience with cameras and 3D sensing technology.
  • Experience leading and driving design development from schematic capture, PCB layout through assembly.
  • Experience with digital circuit design and various communications protocols such as I2C, UART, SPI, USB, MIPI, I2S, etc.
  • Demonstrated domain knowledge in compute & systems development, proven track record in building technology & product development.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in working with CM & EMS partners in the design, manufacture, testing and delivery of next generation hardware solutions.
  • Direct experience shipping consumer hardware and in R&D.
  • Experience integrating RF technologies such as WIFI, BT, GPS, etc.
  • Experience with embedded computing and wearable devices.
  • Experience with 3D design modeling (NX or SolidWorks) and physical prototyping.

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