Neuralink is Hiring
The AI neurotechnology company Neuralink posted five job opportunities based in Austin, Texas on its website. Neuralink is looking to hire an Animal Care Specialist, Registered Veterinary Technician, a Veterinarian, an MEP Engineer, and a “general application” post.
The job posts available in Austin came after rumors that Elon Musk is planning to build Neuralink facilities in Texas. Tesla and SpaceX have facilities in Texas.
The rumours suggested first that Neuralink will build its facilities in Texas back in January. That’s when the company listed a job for a “Head of Construction”, which hinted that the company is planning to build a new facility. Neuralink is now also hiring a mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) engineer, which only further proves the rumors spreading around in Texas.
A unique mysterious position called “General Application” was posted on Neuralink. Candidates wishing to apply for the General Application are expected to present their own skill set and describe what would be the perfect job for them at the company. If their description intrigued Neuralink, the company might create a new role that fits the applicant’s skills.
Elon Musk has already revealed his interest in Texas. The location of the new jobs confirms that Neuralink is indeed going to Texas.
What to expect when working for Neuralink?
Neuralink’s efforts developing a neural interface pose an interdisciplinary challenge. The company wants to hire a variety of people with diverse engineering, scientific, and operational backgrounds.
Neuralink posted several job opportunities related to animal care in Austin, which means there will be some level of research and development in the future Austin facility.
If an interested applicant is interested in applying to Neuralink and joins its developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interface, they must fit Neuralink’s team standards. Neuralink is building a team of multidisciplinary experts who are passionate about making an impact on the world.
Neuralink is mainly interested in versatile engineers who will help accelerate their pathway to human brain implants. For example,a software engineer on the implant team will be asked to write software to interact with Neuralink’s implant. They will also be responsible for building systems for manufacturing and testing. Such a role will require the engineer to collaborate directly with a team of mechanical, electrical and firmware engineers so they work together to define and implement these tasks
They key qualifications of a software engineer are to be fluent in Python, working knowledge of C & C+++. Some experience in building web services and linux system administration. There are no degrees required to apply and applicants with an experience so little as 2 years are eligible.
The company doesn’t even require experience in neuroscience. There are experts that will teach chosen applicants all they need.
Neuralinks Main Tech Teams
Neuralink has two main teams
The implant team is fully responsible for the neural implant process. It does everything from sensing the signals emanating from neurons all the way to transmitting that data wirelessly to a smart device.
The team must make sure that the process is biocompatible, can last several years, and can sit invisibly inside the head. It’s not simple and it necessitates interdisciplinary work from the microfabrication of electrodes, custom chip design, hermetic packaging, wireless power and data transfer, and firmware development.
The Robotics Team
The robotics team is in charge of implanting the neural implant in Neuralink’s patients. A robot will perform the surgery with threads that are smaller than a human hair and cannot be grasped nor manipulated accurately by a human surgeon.
So, for Neuralink to be practical it requires a robot that is designed to have micron precision for the grasp, and even a higher level of microns of precision to localize and track the moving brain during insertion. The robot also moves at a high speed to get hundreds of threads in quickly.
Another factor that explains why Neuralink chose robots instead of human surgeons is the scale of the surgeries in respect to the current supply of neurosurgeons in the world. Neuralink’s surgeries will be eventually performed on hundreds of thousands then millions of patients. Such a scale requires, not only the thread insertion to be automated, but also the planning and execution of the rest of the implantation surgery. The current number of neurosurgeons will not be enough.
Both Neuralink’s tech teams work relentlessly to make the AI chip possible. So, which team are you interested to join?