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AR/VR in Europe: Build the Future in Zurich, Cork, London, or Prague

The AR/VR teams at Facebook help people around the world come together and connect through world-class augmented reality and virtual reality hardware and software. With global departments dedicated to research, computer vision, haptics, social interaction and more, Facebook is driving relentless innovation. VR’s potential to change the world is immense—and we’re just getting started.
Our teams in Zurich, Cork, London, and Prague are working hard to put AR and VR technology into the hands of more people to enable meaningful interactions regardless of physical distance. We have an incredible journey ahead of us and are looking for brilliant and passionate individuals to join us! Do you recognize the unprecedented potential of AR/VR and want to help make it a reality? Find out more about the incredible work being done below, and apply for opportunities here.

Zurich, Switzerland

Our Zurich based team explores, develops, and delivers new cutting-edge technologies that serve as the foundation for current and future AR/VR products, including hardware. From mixed reality and human interaction to natural inputs and beyond, our teams are focused on taking new technologies from early concept to the product level.
The team in Zurich is focused on computer vision. They build technology centered around understanding real-world elements to create mixed reality, deliver positional tracking technologies on all devices, and design calibration algorithms for next-generation AR/VR platforms.
Meet Anna K., Software Program Manager. She has been at Facebook since 2018 and is currently part of the team building Oculus Insight in Zurich.
Anna K., Software Program Manager
“I’m part of the team building Oculus Insight, the next generation of positional tracking technologies for virtual and augmented reality devices. During my first day in the Zurich office I was awestruck to be surrounded by gadgets I had believed only existed in sci-fi books. Our team is mixing the real and virtual worlds and testing boundaries with a brand-new human machine interface. I feel so lucky to be part of this team, building impressive computer vision technology at a fast and agile pace. I get a lot of gratification from what we’re creating.” —Anna K., Software Program Manager

Cork, Ireland

The Facebook Cork office invents and develops display technologies which will enable future generation augmented reality and virtual reality devices. The Facebook AR/VR process starts in the R&D lab of the Cork office, giving the team here a unique hands-on position in developing the future of this technology for Facebook. While the team is made up of a diverse group of R&D hardware engineers, semiconductor technologists, and more, their goal remains the same: paving a path for the future of AR/VR.
While they started small, they have expanded greatly in the last six months and are continuing to grow, evolve their lab space, and increase their tools.
Here’s what one engineer developing and exploring the field of AR/VR in Cork has to say.
Tennyson N., AR/VR Hardware Engineer
“AR/VR is an exciting field to work in because of its endless opportunities. It’s a third dimension waiting to be tapped. From medicine to education, it has a lot of applications, with many more emerging as the technology becomes more mainstream. Facebook is known everywhere for connecting the world, so it’s only fitting we’re one of the first companies to explore this field and carve the way for others in AR/VR.
I'm a Hardware Engineer on a team that works across packaging and assembly functions to deliver displays that are used in prototype AR/VR headsets. I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of our growing team in Cork. Within our office, there are many nationalities, including German, Iranian, Saudi Arabian and Malaysian. Our cultural differences and shared goal help us see things from different angles and ultimately, find great solutions and make better products.” —Tennyson N., AR/VR Hardware Engineer
Considering joining us? You’ll love the friendly, laid-back culture in Cork. Our office is located centrally in Cork’s downtown, with many employees opting to walk to work. The small but lively city, is filled with restaurants and pubs with live music right outside our office doors.
Interested in joining our team in Cork and playing a significant role in developing the future of AR/VR? We’re looking for researchers, hardware and process engineers, technicians and more.

London, UK

A global hub of culture and innovation, our teams in London work on a diverse range of projects that ship globally. We build new tools and design products that are bringing the world closer together. With over 60 different nationalities, our London team brings together a vast range of experiences and backgrounds. This is particularly valuable for developing products for a global audience.
In London, our product teams include Spark AR and React AR. The teams consists of artists, engineers, and product managers.
Meet one team member in London tackling exciting and fast-paced challenges to advance AR and VR.
Nick T., Software Engineer
“I spent most of my career working in the video gaming industry. I loved it, but after a while began to realize I was solving the same problems. I met up with a former manager who joined Facebook, and she told me about the exciting projects they were working on. She convinced me to apply and eventually join Facebook as a software engineer. I joined the Spark AR team when Facebook was starting to build the Oculus team in London. Using my video game industry skills, I work on the camera side of Facebook apps and help develop the core technology, 3D graphics and AR effects, like the popular Game of Thrones Night King filter for Stories—it’s like creating mini games.
I get to help bring this new technology to life at a company with an incredible culture of innovation and collaboration. At Facebook, we’re encouraged to try new ideas through hackathons and have an open dialogue, allowing us to continue innovating the way we build communities. AR and VR are the stepping stones to enriching the human experience, and our free AR technology makes the Facebook connections around the world more meaningful. To me, this is the evolution of gaming; we’re giving people tools to enhance their experience with the real world, and it’s exciting to be part of it.” —Nick T., Software Engineer

Prague, Czech Republic

Beat Games, the team behind Beat Saber, joined forces with Oculus Studios as an independently operated studio. This exciting partnership allows us to bring VR to more people around the world. Together, the team is actively exploring new ways for people to experience music and VR gaming while continuing to ship content and updates for Beat Saber across all currently supported platforms. Are you passionate about introducing the world of VR to a global audience? We're growing our team and would love to hear from you.

AR/VR around the world

Globally, the AR/VR team is defying distance to connect more people. Below are a few stories about the incredible impact the team is having around the world.

Considering a move to join us in Zurich, Cork, London or Prague?

Relocating for your career can bring exciting professional change, but it can also be stressful. Through generous relocation packages, transportation, movers, home finders and more, Facebook eliminates the stress of moving, so you can focus on settling in and getting to know your surroundings.
“I moved from Portland to Cork because the opportunity to join the Oculus team was so appealing. As soon as I accepted the position, I had an army of people coordinating my move. Facebook made the transition seamless. I’m so glad I took the plunge and moved overseas, even though I was initially apprehensive.” —Kate K., AR/VR team
“I’ve always found AR/VR to be extremely exciting. So when I was given the opportunity to work in AR/VR at one of the best organizations on the planet, the decision was pretty straightforward. But it meant that my wife and I would have to move from Finland to London. Luckily, Facebook offered us very comprehensive and flexible relocation support, including a 'scouting trip' to the new city, home search, hassle-free moving of household items, and access to many other services that may otherwise have been tricky in a new country.” —Vesa R., Engineering Manager, AR/VR

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ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON May 20, 2019

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