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Research Intern, Display Systems (PhD)

Oculus | Redmond, WA

Oculus is a world leader in the design of virtual and augmented reality systems. Come work alongside expert software, hardware engineers, and research scientists to create the technology that makes VR and AR pervasive and universal. Join the adventure of a lifetime as we make science fiction real and change the world. We are currently seeking innovative research interns with a passion for technology to develop display processing algorithms and approaches, matched to the human visual system, at our location in Redmond, WA. This role will focus on supporting VR and AR technologies and will include both simulation and experimental components.


  • Design, using principles imposed by the human visual system, image processing techniques that optimize the performance of our display technologies.
  • Design formal psychometric test protocols to evaluate perceived performance of novel display system algorithms.
  • Run human factors experiments to quantify the performance of such algorithms, feeding into subsequent algorithm refinement.
  • Optimize existing approaches to improve performance in future versions of display hardware.

Minimum Qualifications

  • In the process of obtaining a PhD degree in the field of optics, physics, color/image processing, or a related field.
  • 2+ years experience with scientific programming languages, such as Matlab, C/C++ Interpersonal experience: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
  • Must be available for 3-6 Month internship between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  • Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.
  • Must obtain work authorization in country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op.
  • Demonstrated ability to design image processing techniques, model display systems and understand their impact on the human visual system.
  • Bachelors degree in EE, optics, physics or similar field.
  • Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences.

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