Facebook Visiting Researchers and Post-doc Program

Facebook offers limited opportunities for visiting researchers, postdoctoral researchers and faculty on sabbaticals to bring their expertise, curiosity and creativity to Facebook to work with our research teams on significant projects.

Applications and proposals are accepted for recognized experts in research areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational statistics, and applied mathematics, particularly including areas such as deep learning, graphical models, reinforcement learning, computer perception, natural language processing and data representation. Ideal candidates will have a keen interest in producing new science to understand intelligence and technology and will join research teams to actively contribute to ongoing projects. Term is determined on a case-by-case basis and requires sponsorship from a Facebook research team.

Limited post doc opportunity positions are posted on the Facebook careers page.

CommAI Visiting Researcher Program


CommAI is an ambitious FAIR project to develop a new generation of intelligent systems that are able to quickly adapt to an endless streams of new tasks through communication.

The CommAI visiting researcher program is sponsored by Facebook AI Research (FAIR) and Facebook Research. The program offers invitations to AI researchers from universities and research labs to visit FAIR for 1 to 4 months, to collaborate on topics related to the CommAI project.

Visiting researchers will interact with researchers in the CommAI team and FAIR at large, designing novel machine learning architectures and ways to evaluate them. Outcomes of a visit might include (but not limited to) shared publications, establishing long-term collaborations, and development of open-source code.

Candidates must have a good publication record in fields such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational or theoretical linguistics, computer vision, cognitive (neuro-) science or applied mathematics. Most importantly, they should have a strong interest in non-incremental approaches to addressing general AI. Women and researchers from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Details

  • Selected researchers will be placed in the vibrant FAIR headquarters at Facebook New York, in the heart of Manhattan: https://www.facebook.com/facebooknyc/. Logistical support will be provided for the duration of the visit.
  • During the duration of a visit, researchers might also travel to and spend time in other FAIR locations, such as Menlo Park, CA, or Paris, France.
  • Applications for visiting researchers are currently open. Visits may take place any time between now and the end of 2017.
  • Applications will be considered on a first-come/first-evaluate basis.

How to apply

Send your CV and a statement of purpose explaining why you are interested in visiting FAIR and collaborating to CommAI in PDF format to commai@fb.com. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of FAIR research scientists.  Successful applicants will be notified within one month of their application.

More information

CommAI Visting Researcher Program