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Facebook Optical Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


We are looking for multiple skilled and motivated Optical Engineers to join our Display and Optics team in FRL. Based on your expertise and your passion, you may work on one or more areas: imaging optics, viewing optics, optical systems, optical metrology, display optics, optical characterization, optical material and optical fabrication processes.

Required Skills:

  1. Define and design optical components and/or systems for next generation AR and VR experience

  2. Establish engineering specifications, including key performance metrics, test methods, and test requirements for optical components and subsystems

  3. Collaborate with internal cross functional teams and external industry partners to develop and mature state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. material, process, metrology, and design) to extend the horizon of AR/VR experience

  4. Lead the development during New Product Introduction (NPI) to scale up for high volume manufacturing

  5. Define future optics technology roadmap and scope out New Technology Introduction (NTI)

  6. Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BS Degree is Optical Engineering, Physics or a related technical discipline or equivalent industry work experience

  2. Experience with imaging and viewing optics design and tolerancing

  3. Experience with complex optical and opto-mechanical system design

  4. Experience with optically graded plastic and glass material, optical and camera testing and metrology, optical fabrication processes (e.g. injection molding, glass molding, optical filming converting)

  5. Experience with display/backlight design and manufacturing or stray light modeling and analysis

  6. Experience with optical system engineering and cross-functional large volume product development

  7. Experience with rigorous computational methods in wave optics, including RCWA and FDTD

  8. Experience in an optical software package (e.g. Zemax, Code V, LighTools, FRED, ASAP, Eikonal, Trace Pro, OSLO)

  9. Experience with communication skills

  10. Experience with building collaborative relationships to work with internal and external cross-functional teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. MS or PhD degree in Optical Engineering, Physics or a related technical discipline or equivalent industry work experience

  2. Experience in both sequential and non-sequential optics

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at