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Sr Software Development Engineer


This is a Full-time position in Sunnyvale, CA posted June 7, 2021.

At Intuitive, we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints. Our mission is our guiding force; our culture is the DNA that makes us unique.

As a pioneer in robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), we have been expanding our innovations through technology to help make a difference in the world. For 25 years, human ingenuity has guided our journey to help solve some of healthcare’s complex challenges.

We believe a great idea can come from anywhere—inclusion and mutual respect are vital to our culture. We value character grounded in integrity, a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and diverse experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and strive to achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let’s help to advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Primary Function of Position:

Contribute broadly to the Video Software Engineering Group, responsible for the embedded software controlling the real-time, high-definition, stereo video processing, graphics, and compositing engine at the heart of the da Vinci™ Surgical System. The successful candidate must excel in a high-energy, focused, small-team environment, be able to drive to solutions from rough requirements, and have a commitment to high product quality. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required.

As part of the design team, immediate responsibilities include:

  • Bring-up and integration of new high-performance cameras and image-sensors; camera pipeline and illumination control, to deliver real-time, high-definition, stereo surgical video with the best possible image quality.
  • Design and development of product-focused rock-solid embedded software in a heterogeneous, multi-processor SoC/FPGA/embedded-Linux environment.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Working on a cross-functional team at multiple levels, from architectural definition to driver-level implementation.
  • Contributing to multiple areas of software development, including but not limited to the following:
    • control and monitoring of endoscopes, camera pipeline processing, and illumination hardware
    • extension of current processing frameworks to new processors and hardware designs
    • design and development of offline hardware simulation environments to facilitate rapid software development and test
    • hardware / software diagnostic-tool design and development
  • Detailed design, development, and verification of embedded software for da Vinci™ Surgical System products
  • Helping to perform formal risk analysis and develop software mitigations
  • Documenting according to Intuitive’s development guidelines

Skill/Job Requirements:

Competency Requirements: (Competency is based on: education, training, skills and experience.)

In order to adequately perform the responsibilities of this position the individual must:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (Master’s degree preferred), with minimum five (5) years of industry experience in developing embedded systems
  • Experience in developing embedded software for imaging, e.g., sensors, cameras, video/graphics hardware, image-processing, is ideal
  • Experience in developing for embedded Linux at multiple levels (hardware bring-up, driver, application) is ideal
  • Experience in SW support for custom hardware development including diagnostic tests, utilities, and power-on self-tests; experience with scripting languages (e.g. Python, JavaScript, etc.) for diagnostic/test automation is desired
  • Demonstrated experience and comfort with all phases of the product development lifecycle, including design, implementation, debug, verification, validation, and transfer to manufacturing
  • Experience with designing software products in an FDA or other regulated industry or for mission critical applications is a plus; comfort with concepts of design input, design output, traceability, and risk analysis

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Shift : Shift 1 – Day

Travel : No

Travel Requirements: No Shift: Shift 1 – Day