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Sr. Optical Engineer

  • Blacksburg, VA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB7366

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Primary Function of Position:
The Optical Engineer will work with a group of talented and dedicated people focused on the development and integration of fiber optic shape sensing in medical robotics.  The successful candidate will contribute to the research and engineering of the next generation shape sensing platform as well as provide support to existing products.

As a member of the engineering team, this position will work closely with other engineers in the design and development of state-of-the-art fiber sensing methods.  The successful candidate must excel in a small focused team environment, be able to find solutions to problems from rough requirements and have a commitment to high product quality. 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Contributing new and unique ideas as a member of a highly skilled technical team.
  • Designing, constructing, documenting and evaluating new optical fiber sensors.
  • Designing, constructing and evaluating free-space optical components and networks
  • Making design and process improvements to increase the reliability of sensors and interrogators.
  • Designing complex signal processing algorithms and assessing the effects of electronic data acquisition systems on the acquired signals.
  • Designing and constructing laboratory experiments to characterize and quantify high speed electronic data acquisition and optical systems.
  • Performing complex data analysis to interpret the data from laboratory experiments and connect the results to the model.
  • Identifying technological developments needed to bring these new sensors into production.

Qualifications

Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

  • Minimum Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Optics, Physics or similar field
  • 5 years’ experience with fiber optics desired
  • Experience with Zemax is desired
  • Experience with distributed optical fiber sensing using OFDR is desired
  • Experience with free-space optical components and networks is preferred
  • Experience and/or knowledge of high-speed data acquisition systems desired

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on several factors, including experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

Base Salary Range Region 1: $155,800 USD - $224,200 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $132,400 USD - $190,600 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: 10% of the time
Workplace Type: Onsite - This job is fully onsite.

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