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Facebook Material Science Research Group Lead (FRL) in Redmond, Washington


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 (FRL), 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 Material Science Research Group Lead with experience in growing and developing a diverse research & engineering team responsible for designing & building materials to desired properties and developing processes into manufacturing workflows. You will work within multidisciplinary teams to define technology development and execution plans, and help define the roadmap for soft materials and flexible/stretchable electronics manufacturing research. This role provides ample opportunities to work alongside research scientists, mechanical engineers, material scientists, electrical engineers, and software engineers to create the technologies that will usher in a new era of human-machine interactions that will make VR/AR pervasive and universal. Join the adventure of a lifetime as we make science fiction real and change the world.

Required Skills:

  1. Grow and develop a team of researchers and engineers towards applying high level of expertise in material science and flexible/stretchable electronics to solve research science and engineering problems

  2. Influence research, technical direction and goals of cross-functional teams by implementing strategies and provide technical leadership

  3. Empower individuals on the team to define, develop and execute research plans and activities

  4. Describe complex features and systems in detail and communicate technical information effectively to cross functional teams

  5. Drive and scope work towards applying abstract principles to solving problems and identify solutions & opportunities within the technology space

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. 8+ years of experience with leading a team of individuals working on formulating polymer structure to mechanical/electrical properties, including polymer mechanics, electrical conductivity, melt and solution based rheology, viscoelasticity, and knowledge of the characterization techniques to elucidate such properties

  2. Experience with the design of functional materials including polymer composites with knowledge of the roles of interfacial and surface chemistry on these materials

  3. Experience with developing functional materials including photopolymers, photoacids, and photobases with an emphasis on designing elastomers to desired properties

  4. Knowledge of patterning technologies including additive/subtractive fabrication processes and experience with developing new ways of manufacturing with silicone and other polymers

  5. Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, macromolecular science or related areas

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Track record of solving a significant research engineering or research science problem and/or having the sole responsibility/accountability of a technology path or vector with measurable outcomes

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 accommodations-ext@fb.com.