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Associate Principal Additive Manufacturing 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: Associate Principal Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Location: Belmont, CA
Position Type: Full Time Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $135,000-$225,500
Posted salary range depends on experience level
Schedule: Mon-Fri
Environment: Cleanroom Environment (more than 50% of the time)
Travel: Domestic and International Travel Required
Position Overview:
The Associate Principal Additive Manufacturing Engineer will be responsible for designing, assembling, debugging, and testing additive manufacturing future products. This person will be part of both a small experimental team (4~6 engineers) testing a prototype system, and a larger design team (10~15 engineers) working on the next generation system. Over the course of about two years, the same team will take these projects through all phases of prototype design, analysis, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. As an experienced member of our team, this person will act as a technical mentor and leader for our less experienced researchers. Extensive hands-on experience with AM design, engineering analysis and simulation, and team leadership are required.
Required Skills/Abilities:
  • Master’s or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or a related field
  • 5-10 years experience in metal additive manufacturing, direct energy deposition or powder bed fusion preferred
  • Strong understanding of engineering fundamentals and ability to synthesize practical solutions to challenging problems
  • Programming experience (C, C++, Python, Matlab, C# preferred)
  • Strong engineering design skills and design experience
  • Demonstrated experience with laboratory experiments, including experiment design, instrumentation, conducting measurements, and post-processing experimental results
  • Significant experience with assembly, debugging, and evaluation of complex systems
  • Technical leadership and mentoring
  • Familiarity with optics, imaging, or photography a plus
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
If you have most or all of the following, please apply:
  • Metallurgy and metallurgical analysis (microstructure, crystallography, XRD, EBSD)
  • Optics and optomechanics
  • Digital control systems
  • Electronics design and assembly
  • Matlab, Catia, COMSOL
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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