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Robotics Engineer

Company Summary:
Nikon Research Corporation of America (NRCA) located in Belmont, CA and Tucson, AZ is a 70-person R&D subsidiary of Nikon, Japan. Members of our Precision Mechatronics group design and build prototype systems to support Nikon’s Next Generation Project Division efforts to invent new products that will power Nikon’s future. Examples of the products we work on are metal 3D printers, precision measurement and robotics, industrial metrology tools, optical measurement equipment, and semiconductor lithography machines (wafer steppers). The engineering is challenging and fun, because with micron- and nanometer-level accuracy everything (e.g., mechanical stiffness, thermal expansion, actuator linearity, sensor accuracy, acoustic vibration, structural resonance) matters. The work environment is great because we have the informality and flexibility of a small company, but the stability and resources of a big parent in Japan.
Position Title: Research Engineer, Robotics
Location: Belmont, CA
Position Type: Full Time, Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $94,400-$157,600
*Posted salary range is entry level, actual compensation depends on experience level
Schedule: Monday – Friday; flexible hours; 40 hours a week; evening meetings with Japan
Environment: Lab environment onsite
Travel: Domestic and International Travel Required
Position Overview:
We are looking for an experienced engineer who’s excited about the study, development, design, and implementation of the state-of-the-art algorithms for some of the unique problems in robotics and computer vision. Here at NRCA, you will have exposure to both theoretical development and hands-on experience in varieties of projects and applications that builds the future of digital manufacturing.
Description of responsibilities:
  • Support Nikon imaging products and application development related to robotics
  • Research current robotics and computer vision state-of-the-art
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Must have MS degree with 4+ years of experience or PhD degree with 1+ years of experience, in EE, ME, CS, or related field.
  • Strong background in Robotics, specifically Industrial Robotics Manipulators
  • Strong background in fundamental concepts in robotics such as Forward and Inverse Kinematics
  • Strong background in robot motion planning (static/offline and dynamic/online)
  • Strong background in control system design
  • Strong programming skills in C++/Python
  • Strong background in optimization theory, linear algebra, spatial transformation, and statistics
  • Familiarity with eye-in-hand visual serving for robot manipulators, object pose estimation,
  • Familiarity with principle and theoretical levels of AI, deep learning, machine learning, computer vision is a huge plus
If you have most or all of the following, please apply:
  • Familiarity with ROS or ROS2 and MoveIt! is a plus
  • Familiarity with real-time OS and real-time software
  • Experience with PyTorch/TensorFlow is a plus
  • Experience in AWS cloud solutions, Git, CMake and related software development tools is a huge plus
Compensation and Benefits:
NPI is committed to providing a competitive total rewards package, including but not limited to:
  • Competitive compensation, including:
  • Base pay
  • Annual cash bonus
  • Built-in overtime (if applicable)
  • Sign-on bonus (if applicable)
  • Work/Life balance, flex/hybrid/work from home if applicable
  • 401K retirement plan with employer contribution (no employee matching required!)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, prescription, vision, other insurance programs
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health and dependent care expenses
  • Paid vacation, sick and volunteer time plus holidays
  • Strong career development and plentiful training opportunities, including Tuition Assistance
  • Employee events, activities, and volunteer opportunities
  • Nikon product discount program
  • Commitment to and support of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) including mental health resources and support
  • Opportunities for domestic and international travel (if applicable)
Other Job Requirements:
  • Export Control/ ITAR: Due to export control and International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) requirements, in order to be eligible for NPI employment, you must be a S. citizen, have a permanent resident status in the U.S. (a “green card”), or a foreign national with eligibility as defined by ITAR (22 CFR 120.15).

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Nikon Precision Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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