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Technical Research Assistant III

The Oculus team at Facebook is helping more people around the world come together and connect through world-class VR hardware and software. With global departments dedicated to VR research, computer vision, haptics, social interaction, and more, Oculus is committed to driving the state of the art forward through relentless innovation. VR’s potential to change the world is immense—and we’re just getting started. Our XR Tech team explores, develops, and delivers new cutting-edge technologies that serve as the foundation of current and future Oculus products. From mixed reality and human interaction to natural inputs and beyond, XR Tech is focused on taking new technologies from early concept to the product level while iterating, prototyping, and realizing the human value and new experiences they open up.

 

The Vision Science Lab has the mission to inform future designs and evaluate current prototypes of all future Oculus products from a perspective of human visual perception. This includes defining visual requirements for future development, evaluating and informing existing prototype HW and SW efforts, and creating programs to better understand visual and comfort aspects of VR (for example causes and mitigation techniques of VR motion sickness).

 

We are seeking a research assistant to help setup and conduct studies in the Vision Science Lab. Most of these studies will be limited in scope to 10-50 participants. We anticipate quickly developing and running a number of such studies. As such, the studies will be less polished, possibly have bugs, and we would benefit from informal feedback from the research assistant and participants (via the research assistant).

 

Responsibilities

  • Setup and assist participants with running studies
  • Recruit and encourage study participants from Oculus / FB employees
  • Provide participant's perspective when designing / modifying studies and interpreting results
  • Report and attempt to resolve any problems or issues in the hardware or software for a study
  • Perform basic data manipulation and analysis on the collected results
  • Manage schedule and complete studies on time without significant supervision
  • Modify software to adjust to different study designs

Minimum Qualifications

  • Comfortable approaching and working with colleagues throughout Oculus / FB. Hopefully have an interesting personality so as to keep studies interesting
  • Ability to informally connect with various colleagues for recruitment and informal feedback about a study
  • Ability to setup and perform basic troubleshooting of computer / VR equipment
  • Schedule and coordinate study participants
  • Computer skills necessary to handle data files and perform basic analysis
  • Provide initial feedback about planned studies based on both 1st hand experience and general feedback from participants of previous studies
  • Ability to understand, debug, and modify computer scripts needed for experimental studies on mobile HMDs connected to PC
  • Experience with human experiments / data collection

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with human vision science
  • Ability to perform data analysis such as visualization of collected data
  • Ability to make simple modifications to code that defines a study in order to improve initial study design
  • Interest in further developing some of these preferred qualifications.
  • Experience with Shell scripting and Android Debug Bridge (adb)

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