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Facebook Research Intern, Computational Photography (PhD) 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.


Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) brings together world-class researchers, developers, and engineers to create the future of AR and VR. These technologies have the potential for enormous global impact, and our interns work directly towards making this potential a reality.The Computational Photography group in Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) brings together a world-class R&D team of researchers, and engineers to build innovative photo, video, and AR/VR experiences. We work on technologies that ship across all Facebook surfaces ranging from Facebook to Instagram to the AR/VR Oculus products. We work at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, and ML. The aim of this role is to develop and advance the state-of-the-art in computational photography. The goal of the internship is both to create a publishable research project and contribute to new methodologies that can be experienced by billions around the globe.

Required Skills:

  1. Research, develop and prototype advanced technologies in the domain of computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning.

  2. Analyze and improve efficiency, accuracy, scalability and stability of currently deployed systems Collaborate with team members throughout the lifetime of a project, from prototyping to deployed products.

  3. Deliver research results that are both publishable and have a direct impact on Facebook and/or Oculus products.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining, a PhD degree in the field of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, or a related technical field.

  2. 1+ year of experiences in one or more areas of Computer Science, such as Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Computer Graphics, Image Processing, and Computational Photography.

  3. Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as co-authored publications at top-tier conferences such as CVPR/ECCV/ICCV, SIGGRAPH (Asia), NeurIPS/ICLR/ICML, etc.

  4. 2+ years of experiences in modern C++ and/or Python.

  5. 1+ year of experiences with deep learning frameworks such as PyTorch or TensorFlow.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

  2. Strong communication skills and ability to convey research ideas to a broad audience.

  3. Broad understanding of the full machine vision pipeline from sensors to high-level algorithms.

  4. Relevant research or software engineering work experiences, including internship, work experience, coding competitions, or widely used contributions in open source repositories (e.g. GitHub).

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