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Facebook Research Intern, Human Computer Interaction - Interaction Techniques (PhD) in Pierre, South Dakota


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.


Facebook Reality Labs is building novel ways of user interaction with AR/VR. We are looking for an intern with experience conducting HCI research in the space of building interaction techniques on top of existing hardware and sensors using one or more of interaction technique design, human factors, computational modeling, haptics, and machine learning.You will work with world-leading collaborators and mentors in the HCI, haptics, sensing, AR/VR and machine learning fields.

Required Skills:

  1. Plan and execute cutting-edge research developing novel input interactions and building prototypes using the tools and techniques described above.

  2. Collaborate with researchers, engineers, and designers across disciplines to solve complex problems and evaluate the effectiveness of developed solutions through user studies.

  3. Work with leading academic researchers to produce publishable research that appears in top-tier journals or at leading international conferences in the HCI field.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently pursuing PhD in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer science, or similar. (In rare cases, Master’s candidates with excellent research experience may be considered.)

  2. 2+ years of experience with scientific programming languages such as Python and/or C++/C#.

  3. Proven track record of achieving research results and innovation as demonstrated by first-authored peer-reviewed publications and/or patents.

  4. Interpersonal skills: cross-group collaboration and cross-culture collaboration.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with building and researching interaction techniques (Eg. pointing, manipulation, text-input, gestures etc.).

  2. Experience with wearable device interactions research

  3. Experience with one or more of computational interaction, haptics, sensing/hardware, and machine learning

  4. Familiarity with AR/VR technologies and literature.

  5. Intent to return to degree-program after the completion of the internship/co-op

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