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OptioMechanical Engineer, for Holography

San Jose, CA

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Mechanical Engineer with a very cutting edge holographic display start-up in San Jose CA.

Company is working on real Holography, w/ no Headgear. Recently raised around~$30MM in seed from top venture firms and Strategic Partners. Team has experience in all aspects of the ecosystem, but sees the linchpin as the display hardware so that is our primary focus at this time. Primary belief of the Company is that shared experiences can only be meaningfully driven with Holography.

To make Holography work, many pixels are needed (think Gigapixels). Supporting a multi-Gigapixel Holographic display requires new technology, and we have a large IP portfolio in support of the innovations required. One such area of innovation is the mechanisms to drive the correct light emissions to support the visual acuity of the human eye. Ultimately, we envision enabling myriad applications, including the concept of a true Holodeck, similar to what has been visualized in science fiction. Need team members who want to be part of the next step is visual display.

Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures: “This is essentially the holy grail of optical display technology, enabling things that seem like science fiction to be possible today. We are thrilled to be in on the ground floor with the team, and look forward to helping evolve this exciting technology”.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

As an ideal candidate, your strong mix of technical breadth and depth allows you to work cross-functionally to tie mechanical assemblies, optics, electronics, and computing power into the world’s highest resolution holographic display. We are seeking a practical mechanical engineer who doesn’t mind getting his or her hands dirty and likes to work on many aspects of a project at the same time. You will work with other MEs, Optical Engineers, Optical Test Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and System Engineers to build the world’s first convincing holographic display.

JOB DUTIES:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • In-depth knowledge of mechanical design principles and fabrication processes to create products and tools. Use 3D CAD tools (e.g. SolidWorks) to design assemblies, parts, and drawings.
  • Design and analyze parts and assemblies of different mechanical and thermal properties using CAD tools. Characterize solutions for stability and repeatability.
  • Design, directly fabricate, assemble, and test prototypes.
  • Design fixtures for optomechanical systems which may combine optical components, display devices, electronic components, cooling system, support structures, and kinematic features for location and alignment.
  • Design for precision mounting, alignment, and interlock of individual display panels for a modular video wall system
  • Develop fixtures for test of optical components, optical subassemblies, and electrical systems
  • Develop motion control systems including motors and translation stages

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform some direct machining of critical parts, and assemble and test prototype optomechanical systems

REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or commensurate experience
  • At least 5 years of relevant industrial experience with a solid history of developing products with multi-disciplinary teams
  • 3D CAD experience (e.g. SolidWorks) making assemblies, parts, and drawings
  • Hands-on skills such as machining, mechanical assembly, electromechanical integration, possibly soldering, etc.
  • Experience with design of support structures for optical assemblies
  • Some experience with precision optomechanical design
  • Able to design fixturing for testing of optical assemblies, involving alignment features, clamping structures, and mounting of sensors and equipment
  • Working knowledge of stepper motors, servo motors, controllers, and stages for motion control
  • Experience with design of thermal cooling, including fans and liquid cooling structures
  • Material analysis, and design for CTE mismatch for assemblies containing glass, polymer, aluminum, steel, and possibly carbon fiber
  • DFM of mechanical parts – knowledge of tolerance stack up, machining practices, appropriate tolerances, leverage of off-the-shelf components, impossible cutouts or bends, and scrap limiting measures
  • Ability to perform a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is desired
  • Experience with the design of an interlocking mechanical structure with fine alignment adjustment is desired

Key Competencies

  • Multi-disciplinary teams
  • 3D CAD
  • Hands-on machining and assembly
  • Support structures for optical assemblies
  • Precision optomechanical design
  • Fixturing for testing of optical assemblies
  • Motion control
  • Material analysis
  • DFM for mechanical part