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Meta Research Engineer, 3D Graphics Simulation, Rendering or Game Engine Engineer in Topeka, Kansas


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.


Meta Reality Labs Research (RL-R) brings together a world-class team of researchers, developers, and engineers to create the future of AR and VR, which together will become as ubiquitous and essential as smartphones and personal computers are today. The technology that is being developed within the Surreal team at RL-R is a new generation of spatial and contextual AI capabilities working across devices, software and infrastructure which we collectively refer to as LiveMaps. The Surreal Index team is seeking an exceptional research engineer, with expertise in high performance 3D graphics, game engines, 3D rendering engines and real-time simulation or synthetic data generation. The expectation is to work with a group of applied researchers, engineers and contingent workers to implement both real-time and offline, scalable, simulation of photorealistic dynamic real-world and virtual scenes and physical devices, using commercial game engines such as Unreal Engine, and cloud based commercial off the shelf solutions such as NVidia Omniverse, or simulation technology developed in-house.

Required Skills:

  1. Design and build scalable synthetic data generation systems to requirements, focusing on Rendering Engine or Game Engine code

  2. Plan and execute Implementation of real-time, physically based simulation of a living, breathing world populated with people and objects with scriptable, triggerable environmental events and changes, including dynamic simulations of time-of-day, weather and seasons, dynamic simulations of ambient traffic and people, and third person and egocentric AI controllers of human agents

  3. Hardware in the loop and system in the loop simulation blending real physical components with simulated components in a working system

  4. Drive down power, latency, and costs by optimizing simulation pipelines

  5. Establish a deep technical understanding of Livemaps related science and FB infrastructures

  6. Architect and communicate designs for scalable real-time and offline simulation running on local PCs, on-premises clusters, and cloud

  7. Formulate coherent roadmaps with timelines that deliver features to high quality with efficiency in a progressive, incremental fashion on a timely basis to ensure project impact

  8. Communicate simulated data generation status, feature plans and roadmaps proactively, effectively, and efficiently, both within the team, and in cross-functional collaborations

  9. Help recruit new members and onboard new members into the team, by mentoring them and making it easy to ramp up in the team's codebases and infra

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, relevant technical field, or equivalent practical experience. Degree must be completed prior to joining Meta.

  2. 5+ years software engineering, 3D graphics or graphical simulation work experience in commercial environments or game development

  3. 4+ years experience with real world system building, including software design, coding and evaluation/testing (C++/C#)

  4. 4+ years experience in real-time 3D graphical simulation or rendering, and modern GPU programming (CUDA/OpenGL/OpenCL) or shader programming, or with physics engines such as Havok and PhysX

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Masters or PhD in in the following fields: Computer Science, Software Engineering, 3D Computer Graphics, Computer Game Development, Computer Vision, Robotics, or a related field

  2. Experience contributing to (product or open-source) software for 3D games, simulation systems, robotics or AR/VR devices

  3. Deep experience with Unreal Engine or NVidia Omniverse

  4. Experience in engineering scalable, distributed rendering systems and cloud services

  5. Experience in real-time Animation, animation controllers, behavioral scripting, game AI, engine technology or gameplay programming using popular game engines

  6. Experience with 3D graphics and rendering, including bonus points for emerging ML based representations and techniques such as NeRF

  7. Experience working in Linux and Windows environments across PC and cloud

  8. An interest for rendering, game engines and the technology that allows them to scale in fidelity and size, tools that accelerate content creation, and systems that allow for a rapid iteration

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.