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Facebook Research Engineer Intern, Wireless System (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.


Wireless technologies are a crucial part of Facebook Reality Lab Device Technology Engineering team. As the wireless system architecture team, we study the performance of future AR/VR products in complicated radio and network conditions and gain insights for system design. We utilize the latest developments in the cellular industry to develop AR/VR products with wireless capabilities and work towards areas to optimize facebook’s AR/VR use experiences for both short term and long term. We are looking for interns who have a deep understanding of wireless technology, familiar with system level simulations, have proven analysis and innovation capabilities.

Our internships are twelve (12) to sixteen (16) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Required Skills:

  1. In this role you will be at the center of the wireless system architecture group responsible for use case analysis, cellular system performance and algorithm design for AR/VR product, with a focus in wireless system modeling, simulations, feasibility analysis for long term evolution of cellular technology in VR/AR domain

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Currently has, or is in the process of obtaining a PhD in Wireless Communications or related field

  2. Deep knowledge of communication system theory and wireless fundamentals

  3. Proficiency and experience in simulation in C/C++, NS3 or Python

  4. Familiarity of 5G (NR) and 4G (LTE) technologies

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

  6. Must obtain work authorization in 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 analytical and problem solving skills

  3. Cellular system level simulation experiences are strongly desired

  4. Basic understanding of consumer hardware development including RF, antenna, power/thermal constraint

  5. Basic 3GPP protocol layer knowledge is desired

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