Research Scientist, Haptics

at Facebook in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description


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.


At Facebook Reality Labs Research (FRL-R), our goal is to explore, innovate and design novel interfaces and hardware subsystems for the next generation of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences. We are looking for a skilled and motivated Haptics Research Scientist to join our team, whose mission is to research and develop new technologies that will improve human-computer interactions and create new ways to control AR/VR devices. We are specifically looking for a candidate with experience in haptic device technologies, SW tooling and human perception to realize advanced interactive systems. The chosen candidate will drive research and/or engineering efforts in their area of expertise with internal and external partners. The chosen candidate will work with a diverse and highly interdisciplinary team of researchers and engineers and will have access to cutting edge technology, resources, and testing facilities.

Required Skills:

1. Propose and conduct research and engineering activities in a cross-functional team environment

2. Design, realize and setup haptic device technologies

3. Conceptualize, build and prototype user interactions and experiences with haptic feedback technologies and test in multimodal use cases

4. Develop, test and improve haptic algorithms in multidimensional sensory environments

5. Plan and execute cutting-edge research to improve human-computer interaction and create new ways to control AR/VR devices

Minimum Qualifications:

6. Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment

7. PhD in Engineering, Robotics, HCI, or equivalent

8. 3+ years of experience with prototyping tools, game engines, and/or controlling haptic devices

9. 3+ years of experience programming in C, C++, MATLAB or Python

10. 3+ years of research experience involving defining problems, exploring solutions, and analyzing results

Preferred Qualifications:

11. Experience prototyping with various actuator and sensor technologies

12. Experience in designing, conducting and analyzing perception studies

13. Experience in Machine Learning and data driven approaches for optimization and modeling

14. Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as authored publications at leading journals, workshops or conferences such as Transactions on Haptics, CHI, SIGGRAPH, or similar

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

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Job Posting: JC192472024

Posted On: Sep 16, 2021

Updated On: Oct 26, 2021