Optical Systems Engineer

Sept. 7, 2022

Position Location: 

 Palo Alto, CA

Job Description: 

Who We Are
Tesseract’s mission is to democratize healthcare delivery to everyone on a global scale. We are reinventing medical devices to leverage the health information in the human eye and championing a new era of healthcare by creating portable, affordable, easy to use, connected devices for early disease detection and monitoring. Tesseract is well-funded and recently raised a series B round of $80M.

We are part of 4Catalyzer - a rapidly growing health-tech incubator founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, an award-winning scientist and highly successful serial entrepreneur. Our 4Catalyzer sister companies include Butterfly Network, the first whole-body Ultrasound-on-ChipTM, and Hyperfine, the first FDA-cleared portable MRI. We are fostering a culture of technical excellence and positive teamwork to solve real-world problems that help improve healthcare for billions of people around the world.

Joining Tesseract is the opportunity to redesign the future of healthcare through the power of technology. Join us on this journey to maximize global impact, motivated by the idea that our products will change lives, including the ones of people you love.

What We Live By

  • Patients First: We are driven to make products that will improve people’s lives.
  • Data-Driven: We search for the best solutions: objective, backed by data, and optimized for speed, simplicity and scale.
  • Team-Oriented: We collaborate with and support each other every step of the way.

What You Will Be Doing
As the Optical Systems Engineer, you will play a critical role in helping us achieve our mission of using the eye as a window to health for democratizing healthcare. As part of our optics team, you will be responsible for bringing a multitude of advanced retinal imagers to life.

As part of our team, your core responsibilities will be:

  • Breadboarding various optics designs and getting the supporting imaging system architectures set up and prototyped. This will include basic mechanical design as well as “off-the-shelf” control electronics and DAQ architectures and software.
  • Lead efforts in characterizing the imaging performance, debugging the system, improving performance and developing strategies to maximize the system's optical performance in cooperation with the optics design team. This will be in a research environment and transition to a product development role as the maturity of the product progresses.
  • Build complex ophthalmic imaging systems including optical coherence tomography and spectral/narrow band imaging
  • Participate in generating new intellectual property for the company
  • Work in a team and goal oriented environment while embracing shared values and the mission to democratize healthcare

What We Are Looking For
Baseline Skills, Experiences, & Attributes:

  • Strong understanding of practical aspects of optical imaging systems, including understanding of opto-mechanics systems and tolerancing, light sources including lasers (LD, VCSELs), SLDs, LEDs and their drive characteristics, light sensors including CCDs/CMOS sensors, APDs, DLPs as well as others and their data acquisition modes, with key emphasis on design for manufacturability
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in devices and system development related to imaging, treatment or other medical imaging expertise (ophthalmology is highly desirable)
  • Solid utilization of mechanical design tools (such as Solidworks) and data acquisition environments (LabView/Matlab) and data analytic tools (Python/Matlab/ImageJ)
  • Strong background in ophthalmic imaging is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated teamwork ability including working harmoniously in cross functional teams to achieve company level objectives
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of team
  • Great documentation, experimental design, data analysis, and result recording skills consistent with medical device QMS and Design Controls
  • Must be able to work onsite in the Palo Alto, CA office or willing to relocate to the area prior to starting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a domain related to optical science or engineering is highly preferred, or practical industry experience with emphasis in Opto-Electro-Mechanical systems
  • At least 5 years in the medical device industry
  • Experience with Fundus, Optical Coherence Tomography, and/or Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
  • Broad optical design skill set, including experience with light sources, imaging systems, illumination systems, detectors, radiometry/photometry, metrology, and conceptual mechanical design
  • Significant hands-on experience with specifying, building, aligning, and testing optical systems
  • Experience with optical test equipment and techniques

What We Offer

  • Fully covered medical insurance plan, and dental & vision coverage. As a health-tech company, we place great worth on our team’s well-being.
  • Competitive salaried compensation & equity. You should feel appropriately valued and have a stake in our success!
  • 401(k) plan. Everyone should be encouraged to save for their retirement adventures!
  • Flexible PTO policy and remote/hybrid work arrangements. We believe in taking personal responsibility for managing our own time, workload and results.
  • Free onsite meals & kitchen stocked with snacks at our Guilford, CT campus.
  • Annual "Improve Your Work Environment" stipend. We support what you need to be your best self when at work!
  • Professional development reimbursement. Let's grow together!
  • More exciting employee perks... but most importantly, the opportunity to build a revolutionary healthcare product and save millions of lives!

For this role, we provide visa assistance for qualified candidates.

Tesseract does not accept agency resumes.

Tesseract is an E-Verify and equal opportunity employer regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or Veteran status. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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