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Sr Embedded Software Engineer

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:

As a Sr. Embedded Software Engineer, you will work with a group of talented and dedicated people to improve and extend Intuitive robotic product lines. You will contribute broadly to the Future Forward group, with focus on the embedded and platform software at the heart of Intuitive systems, with influence ranging from firmware to user interface and test infrastructure.

As a member of the Future Forward engineering team, you will be involved in designing, implementing, and integrating complex functionality into complete surgical robot solutions and seeing these through human use and product release.

The successful candidate must excel in a high-energy small, focused team environment, be able to drive to solutions from rough requirements and methodical prototype iterations,  and have a commitment to high product quality that places patients first.

Quick learning and a desire to understand requirements from a user’s and engineering’s perspective are essential to become a valuable system developer.  A sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required, as is the ability to make work fun and interesting. Supporting you will be a development and management team that knows and cares about what you are doing and wants you to succeed.

Essential Job Duties

This position has responsibility for all aspects related to the development of embedded software and associated tooling for robotic surgical systems, such as:

  • Video and camera processing, including hardware interfaces and image processing.
  • Servo and hardware control and monitoring.
  • Extension of current processing frameworks to new processors and hardware designs.
  • Inter-processor communication and distributed multi-processor systems that form the backbone of Intuitive’s surgical systems.
  • System diagnostic and development of service applications that are laptop-based and network-based.
  • Selection and integration of external OEM devices.
  • Testing at the unit and sub-system level, and at the system integration level.
  • Software build tools, development and test environment, and change control.

The Sr. Embedded Software Engineer is responsible for:

  • Cross-functional requirements discussions, ranging from customer-facing clinical needs, to safety requirement.
  • Translating early requirements into prototype implementations for early evaluation and assessment for a novel and sophisticated robotic system.
  • Contributing to hazard and failure mode analysis and defining appropriate mitigations.
  • Methodically refining and iterating to finalize the design that meets the requirements, while balancing feasibility, schedule, and resource needs.
  • Developing, documenting, and implementing detailed software designs and conducting unit tests ahead of system integration and human use.
  • Generating supporting documentation according to Intuitive development and documentation guidelines.
  • Ensuring that medical device designs meet product quality and safety requirements, in compliance with design control processes defined in the Quality Management System..

Qualifications

Required Education and Training

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering, or similar technical field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in developing and supporting embedded systems (or 6 years with a Master’s degree, or 3 years with a PhD degree).

Required Skills and Experience

  • Fluent in designing and developing mission-critical cross-platform code in C++ or C.
  • Working knowledge of Python or Matlab for automation, diagnostics and testing.
  • Familiarity with communication protocols such as TCP/IP, CAN and serialization protocols such as protobuf.
  • Problem-solving skills and debugging of complex embedded software and electromechanical systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of failure mode and risk analysis, with experience working on safety-critical, product-focused designs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with the ability to communicate effectively across all levels and organizations.
  • A real excitement to learn and to get to the bottom of tough technical problems, and to help patient’s lives.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Fluent working with version control systems such as Git or SVN, and build systems such as GNU Make and CMake.
  • Embedded Linux or QNX at multiple levels including application, board bring-up, device drivers and distribution configuration.
  • Software development for multi-processor/multi-core systems.
  • Familiarity with CUDA programming and memory management concepts.
  • Integration of third party libraries including cross-compilation.
  • Cyber-security concepts such as secure boot, authentication and encryption.
  • Hands-on engineering experience with proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships across supported organizations.
  • Experience in all phases of the product development lifecycle including design, implementation, debug, verification, validation, and transfer to manufacturing
  • Experience designing software products in a regulated industry or for mission critical applications; comfort 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.

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: $172,200 USD - $247,800 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $146,400 USD - $210,600 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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