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Facebook Research Intern, Integrated Circuit Design (PhD) in Des Moines, Iowa


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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) is the world leader in the design of virtual and augmented reality systems. The FRL Silicon Research Team is looking for exceptional interns to help us create the next-generation experiences in virtual and augmented reality. Our Silicon research and development focuses on exploring new circuit design techniques, architectures and technologies for future AR products. We are looking for students interested in optimizing integrated circuits and systems, including novel implementation, and/or new emerging technologies. The ideal candidate will understand the full stack from architecture down to hardware and technology.Our internships are up to 16 weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Required Skills:

  1. Own a research project related to low power integrated circuit and system

  2. Work with Silicon research teams to develop new architectures, run internal workloads and research new design techniques

  3. Evaluate, prototype and estimate performances benefits of proposed techniques

  4. Collaborate with and support other researchers across various disciplines

  5. Work with cross-functional teams to enable new user experiences in AR/VR via innovative system-level experiments

  6. Contribute to execution of our silicon technology / compute roadmap to make advances in performance, power consumption and form factor

  7. Communication of research agenda, progress and results, both internally and externally

Minimum Qualifications:

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

  2. 1+ years experience in SoC low-power design and architecture methodologies

  3. 1+ years experience in circuit design and low power techniques using conventional EDA tools

  4. 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. Proven track record of achieving significant results as demonstrated by grants, fellowships, patents, as well as first-authored publications at leading workshops or conferences such as ISSCC, VLSI Symposium, ESSCIRC or similar

  3. Engineering experience via internships, work experience, coding competitions, chip tape outs

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

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