Research Engineer, Waveguide Fabrication

Meta Reality Labs, Redmond, WA, United StatesEmployer Description

At Meta’s Reality Labs Research, our goal is to enable great consumer virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences. Come work alongside world leading scientists and engineers to create the technology that makes VR and AR pervasive and universal. We are currently seeking innovative scientists or engineers with in-depth knowledge and experience with liquid crystal optical devices. This is a full-time position and requires an advanced degree in material, chemistry, polymer, science or engineering, or similar, and a strong background in liquid crystal technologies, optical films and innovation. Successful candidates must be comfortable working in a dynamic cross-functional and fast-paced team.

Job Description

Research Engineer, Waveguide Fabrication Responsibilities

  • Fabricate optical devices with liquid crystal materials in a cleanroom environment.
  • Establish processes to meet quality, yield, repeatability, and manufacturability requirements, with associated documentation.
  • Collaborate closely with optical/material/process/mechanical engineers to advance both component-level and system-level prototypes.
  • Contribute to engineering specifications and product development as point of contact accountable for fabrication-related requests.
  • Support evaluation and metrology of materials and optical components.
  • Perform technical assessments of vendor capability gaps to assess risk and resource requirements.

May oversee engineers’ work based on project needs and work experience.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree or equivalent experience in Material Science, Chemistry, Optics, Physics or a related field.
  • Expertise in thin film fabrication, precision coating, additive printing, and metrology.
  • Hands-on experience in photolithography, optical films, or nanofabrication technology.
  • 3+ years experience in prototyping optical components for AR/VR viewing optics (e.g., lenses, waveguides, etc.) or display modules (LCD, OLED, ULED, etc.) or closely related areas.
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills in a fast-paced multi-cultural and cross-functional team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Direct (hands-on) experience with fabrication and metrology of diffractive optics and/or polarization elements.
  • Experience in simulation tools or methods, such as MATLAB, Python, LCD Master or equivalent, COMSOL, Jones Matrices, or RCWA
  • Strong organizational skills managing multiple tasks simultaneously and experience shifting priorities to meet business needs and deadlines.
  • Innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven track record of achieving results as grants, fellowships, publications, etc.

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