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Embedded Software Engineer

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Engineering
  • JOB7495

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 Ion™ endoluminal system is Intuitive's new robotic platform for minimally invasive biopsy in the peripheral lung, with an initial goal of improving the early diagnosis of lung cancer. This position will play a key technical role during the development of a novel new surgical robot system. The engineer will be expected to work with an incredibly talented team to design and build the embedded software platform. The successful candidate must excel in a high-energy small team environment, be able to drive to solutions from rough requirements, and have a commitment to high product quality. A proven sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work on a cross functional team to develop technical specifications and evaluate design trade-offs – specifically in platform/infrastructure software 
  • Design and development of product-focused, rock-solid, C and C++ software in a heterogeneous, multi-processor SoC/FPGA/real-time-embedded environment 
  • Develop software for embedded Linux/QNX devices:  
    • Customize and productize embedded operating system distributions 
    • Create drivers that interface with custom FPGA devices 
    • Design and implement multi-threaded, distributed system C++ applications 
  • Contribute broadly to many areas of software development, including but not limited to:  
    • Extension of current frameworks to new processors and operating systems 
    • Development of research prototypes used to evaluate new product concepts 
    • Distributed communication subsystem development 
  • Work with electrical engineers to bring up new, custom hardware 
  • Clinical study support, and participation in product demonstrations, as requested
  • Contribute through design, V&V and transfer to manufacturing activities


Skill/Job Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelors 2 + yr of embedded systems product development experience or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering. 
  • Passionate about developing cross-platform, object-oriented C++ code (11 and higher)
  • Experience with Python3 and bash scripts.
  • Proven ability to isolate and debug embedded hardware and software problems 
  • A desire to deliver a quality and innovative product that improves many people’s lives 
  • Willingness to work in Linux and Windows environments – whatever it takes
  • Proven intuition for, and interest in, designing systems for testability and scalability
  • Excellent communication skills 

Additional Pluses:

  • Experience developing for embedded Linux devices 
  • Experience with additional embedded operating systems, such as QNX 
  • Experience working on product-focused designs in a team environment 
  • Linux and Windows development experience
  • Experience with automation CI/CD, unit testing.
  • Understanding of commonly used messaging and RPC frameworks and their associated tradeoffs for use in distributed embedded systems 
  • Demonstrated experience in and comfort with all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, validation, and transfer to manufacturing 
  • Experience designing software products in an FDA or other regulated industry or for mission critical applications; comfortable with concepts of design input, design output, traceability, risk analysis, and mitigations

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: $146,000 USD - $210,000 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $124,100 USD - $178,500 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: None
Workplace Type: Set Schedule - This job will be onsite weekly, the percentage of onsite work will be defined by the leader.

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