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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:

As a Navigation Software Engineer within the Future Forward engineering team, you will join a small team of experts in the fields of robotics and medical imaging. You will collaborate and contribute to the conceptualization, design, and evaluation of new solutions for medical image analysis and computer vision to support a novel robotic system, taking algorithm concepts from initial prototypes to production software.

The primary function of this position is to design and implement a variety of software components as part of the Future Forward algorithms and software team. You will take on projects with broad technical scope, covering robotics, medical imaging, computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning.

The ideal candidate is a self-directed and fast-paced engineer with excellent problem-solving skills, who can translate rough and approximate requirements into working prototypes, to arrive at high quality, complete solutions, through methodical iterations. This position will require close collaboration with cross-functional teams, including but not limited to product development teams, clinical team, systems analysts, design team, quality, and regulatory teams.

Quick learning and a desire to understand requirements from both an engineering and user perspective are essential to become a valuable navigation software engineer. A sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required.

Your responsibilities will encompass all aspects related to the navigation software stack, ranging from the development and evaluation of medical computer vision and machine learning models for supporting key intraoperative tasks, to designing computer graphics content to improve how information is communicated to users via a graphical user interface. You will understand the system from both a technical perspective and from the user’s viewpoint, and drive definition and development of algorithms and accompanying interfaces to improve our user experience.

Essential Job Duties

This position has responsibility for all aspects related to the navigation software of robotic surgical systems and instruments. Specifically, the Navigation Software Engineer is responsible for:

  • Contributing to the development of state-of-the-art computer vision and machine learning algorithms for supporting physicians in the use of a robotic system while navigating complex 3D anatomy.
  • Examining and improving the efficiency, scalability, and stability of various computer vision and machine learning models to meet the constraints of medical applications.
  • Collaborating closely with designers, clinical engineers, and other software developers to integrate medical computer vision models into user-friendly applications.
  • Defining high-level requirements and architecting clean software interfaces for a distributed robotic system.
  • Participating in failure mode analysis to identify and implement robust hazard mitigation strategies.
  • Refining prototypes to production-quality level software.

Qualifications

Required Education and Training

  • Minimum Master’s degree in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related technical field, with 3 years of experience in computer vision and machine learning and sensor fusion, with a focus on medical imaging or other medical applications.
  • Alternatively, a Ph.D. degree in one of the fields above, with no industry experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in computer vision and machine learning, with a focus on medical imaging or other medical applications.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Experience with developing and validating computer vision models, especially those tailored to the constraints of medical applications.
  • Excellent foundations on mapping and navigation algorithms, with awareness of implementation trade-offs, stemming from both software and hardware constraints.
  • Exceptional programming skills in languages such as C++ and Python, with a focus on computer vision libraries (OpenCV, ITK, VTK, etc.) and machine learning frameworks (PyTorch, Tensorflow, etc.).
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to convey technical content to a broader audience.
  • Passion for continuous learning, and interest in staying up to date with the latest advancements in computer vision and machine learning.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of medical image analysis and/or computer assisted medical interventions.
  • Expertise in medical robotics and/or medical imaging modalities (MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc.) and familiarity with medical image formats and standards (DICOM, NIFTI, etc.) is preferred.
  • Familiarity with CUDA programming and memory management concepts.
  • Experience with dataset preparation, including labeling, augmentation, and processing.
  • Familiarity with development in a Linux environment.
  • Experience in profiling and optimizing algorithm runtime performance on CPU and GPU.

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.

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.

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: 10% of the time
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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