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Staff Software Engineer - 3D Graphics and Display

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB6883

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: 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.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world 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 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 advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description

Description of Position:

At Intuitive Surgical, we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. By combining ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints. As the company’s flagship product, the da Vinci Surgical System advances the frontier of human-machine interaction by fusing computers, robotics and imaging technologies into an immersive teleoperation platform for minimally invasive surgery.

The Interaction Software Engineering team is responsible for implementing the 2D/3D user interfaces and supporting infrastructure for various displays across the da Vinci Surgical System, including an immersive stereoscopic viewer, 2D/3D flat panel displays, and touch panels. The team prides itself in creating quality products that make the customers’ experience of using technically complex surgical devices safe, easy to learn, and confidence inspiring.

The Staff Software Engineer within this organization works collaboratively across both software and hardware teams to design and develop infrastructure and user-facing features. The successful candidate must excel in a focused, high-energy, small team environment, be able to drive to solutions from high-level requirements, and have a commitment to high product quality. An ideal candidate is an independent and fast-paced developer with excellent hands-on problem-solving skills, and open to incorporating new learnings & ideas in an iterative and collaborative design process.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work with a cross-functional team in a user-centered design process to arrive at a balanced understanding of unmet user needs and feasibility of technical solutions.
  • Translate high-level requirements into software architecture and algorithm designs
  • Produce and maintain robust, high-quality software implementations
  • Participate in software/hardware failure mode analysis. Identify and implement robust hazard mitigation strategies.


Skills/Job Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Software, Electrical or Computer Engineering preferred
  • Minimum of 12 years of related experience with a University degree; or 8 years experience and a Master’s degree
  • Experience developing interactive 3D graphics or video/image processing pipelines
  • Experience in all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification and maintenance
  • Mastery of C/C++ programming
  • Comfortable working at multiple levels of an integrated hardware/software stack
    (e.g. using and/or developing device drivers, register-level interfaces)
  • Experience with real-time 3D graphics rendering in OpenGL using GLSL shaders
  • Experience designing, developing and maintaining core software infrastructure
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Experience working in large software codebases
  • Experience with GUI programming in Qt is a plus
  • Experience with CUDA and GPGPU techniques is a plus
  • Experience with Linux software development is a plus
  • Experience with developing and/or integrating natural user interface technologies, such as 3d input devices, haptic devices, eye-tracking, and speech recognition is a plus.
  • Passionate about delivering a quality product for the best possible user experience

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.

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.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on several factors, including experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

Base Salary Range Region 1: $205,000 USD - $295,000 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $174,300 USD - $250,800 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: None
Workplace Type: Onsite - This job is fully onsite.

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