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Optical Engineer

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-Virginia-Blacksburg-US-VA-Blacksburg
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 194028


Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

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 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.
• Designing, constructing, documenting and evaluating new optical fiber sensors.
• Making design and process improvements to increase the reliability of sensors and interrogators.
• Identifying technological developments needed to bring these new sensors into production.


Skills, Experience, Education, & Training:

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

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