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Senior Robotic Algorithms & Control Engineer

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB7116

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

Primary Function of Position:

The Advanced Product Development (APD) team is leveraging the cutting-edge technology of today to design and develop the surgical robotic systems of the future. Robotics Algorithms and Controls engineers (Systems Analysts) perform a central role in the design, development, and support of new products in the DaVinci product line. They are responsible for developing the surgical teleoperation, motion control, and safety algorithms. This responsibility crosses into electrical, mechanical, software, control, user interface, and safety engineering. Systems Analysts strive to provide early design input, prove out new designs, and seek out solutions to challenging problems.

As a Senior Systems Analyst, you will work with a small, multidisciplinary team of talented and dedicated engineers. This role demands in-depth collaboration with cross-functional teams, utilizing technical and interpersonal skills to develop a shared understanding of new product requirements. Systems Analysts maintain awareness and interest in developing research and technologies related to medical devices and safety-critical systems and actively apply this knowledge to system design.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of new robotic systems through analysis and characterization.
  • Analyze complex electro-mechanical devices for dynamic safety and clinical risk.
  • Apply control theory to the design and verification of mechatronic and tele-robotic systems.
  • Integrate prototype hardware with existing systems.
  • Develop and implement motion control and safety algorithms, including documentation of risks, requirements, and test protocols.
  • Participate in clinical observations and experiments to ensure that performance requirements are relevant and realistic.
  • Communicate system performance to the organization.
  • Support and track system performance as it evolves from design engineering to manufacturing.
  • Provide analytical assistance and tool building for other engineering issues.
  • Act as an interface between various technical specialties. Take ownership of issues that cross disciplinary boundaries and use a broad skillset to ensure the success of the project.
  • Document and communicate intellectual property.


Skill/Job Requirements:

  • Minimum MS degree in CS, ME, EE, or similar with 6+ years of industrial experience or PhD with 1–3+ years of experience.
  • Experience designing and implementing servo control systems.
  • Possess strong embedded development skills including intimate knowledge of C and modern C++.
  • Possess MATLAB and Python programming capabilities, as well as hardware and software integration skills.
  • Be detail-oriented and able to develop and drive a single solution to completion.
  • Comfort with concepts of design input, design output, traceability, and risk analysis.
  • Hands-on engineering experience with proven ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Self-motivated and proactive in engaging with interdisciplinary teams to address and solve complex problems.
  • A desire to deliver a quality and innovative product that will improve millions of people’s lives!

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: $150,600 USD - $216,600 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $128,000 USD - $184,200 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: None
Workplace Type: Onsite - This job is fully onsite.

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