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Laser System Engineer



Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
About Paradromics

We are building a direct data interface with the brain to provide technology solutions to unmet medical challenges. A revolutionary leap beyond today’s research-grade brain computer interfaces (BCI), our Connexus® Direct Data Interface (DDI) collects neural signals at an industry-leading high data-rate and is designed for long-term daily use. Our first clinical application will enable severely motor-impaired people to communicate and independently use a computer, translating their neural signals into synthesized speech, text, and cursor control. We will continue to expand the capabilities of our massively scalable platform to support a pipeline of future applications that could benefit millions.

The Role

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Laser Systems Engineer to join our team, responsible for building, sustaining and continuously improving our existing ultrafast and pulsed laser systems. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in laser technology, optics, mechanical engineering, and motion systems, with experience in operating and maintaining complex laser systems. We are looking for a dynamic, hands-on problem solver who likes to build (and fix) things and enjoys working in a smart, fast-moving team.


  • Participate in engineering development efforts of custom ultrafast laser systems for production of advanced medical device components
  • Sustain and continuously improve the performance of existing ultrafast laser systems for micromachining and pulsed laser systems for welding and thin film removal.
  • Troubleshoot and repair laser systems, identifying and resolving technical issues to minimize downtime and ensure optimal performance.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including manufacturing, quality assurance, and R&D, to identify areas for improvement and implement changes to increase efficiency, yield, and quality.
  • Develop and implement process improvements, including optimizing laser system parameters, beam delivery, and process recipes to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Conduct root cause analysis and implement corrective actions to prevent recurring issues.
  • Develop and maintain documentation, including system design documents, operation manuals, and maintenance procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with safety protocols and regulations, including laser safety standards and industry best practices.
  • Provide training and support to operators and technicians on laser system operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends and advancements in laser technology, recommending improvements and upgrades to existing systems.
  • Optimize the performance of galvo scanners and stages, ensuring precise and accurate movement of the laser beam.
  • Troubleshoot and repair motion system issues, including servo motor control, encoder feedback, and motion profiling.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Laser Technology, Optics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related field.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in designing, developing, and operating laser systems, including ultrafast laser systems and pulsed laser systems.
  • Strong understanding of laser physics, optics, and mechanical engineering principles.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to troubleshoot complex technical issues.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and repair of complex laser systems.
  • Familiarity with motion systems, including galvo scanners, stages, servo motors, and encoder feedback.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with a focus on delivering high-quality results under tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with laser safety standards and industry best practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with laser system automation and control systems, including programming languages such as Python.
  • Familiarity with quality control and assurance procedures, including ISO 13485 standards.
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles and continuous improvement methodologies.
  • Proficiency in CAD design software, such as SolidWorks or AutoCAD.
  • Experience with micromachining, welding, and thin film removal applications using laser systems.

Paradromics is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.