Intuitive Surgical Careers

Dev Ops Lead - Future Opportunity

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California

Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 190208


Company Description:

Who is Intuitive Surgical? The numbers tell an amazing story. Learn more about our company.

Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Patients First. Always. We build the world’s best surgical robotic systems.

Our surgical robots are deployed worldwide and help nearly a million people per year be cured of cancer and other ailments. Those people get back to their families and lives faster with less pain.

• Are you passionate about technology? Do you want to have a direct impact on helping people live better lives?
• Are you a leader with vision that can promote a philosophical change?
• Do you strive to measure and automate everything?
If yes, then we should talk.


• You will architect and build a new deeply integrated CI framework for developer environments, builds and test automation for our many node complex surgical robotic system.
• Work closely with our simulation lead, roboticists and software developers to tightly integrate our simulation platform into our infrastructure.
• Affect profound change on developer environments, workstations, lab setups and more to enable our development and test teams to be significantly more effective.
• You will apply your deep knowledge of modern DevOps practices beyond traditional infrastructure and deep into our robotic system to shift the model of thinking with regards to development, manufacturing and field service.
• Foster a healthy and collaborative culture.
• Ensure the broader engineering team is enabled to deliver high output.
• Help craft technical and product strategy.
• You will implement gradual changes to reduce the cost of failure and encourage developers and product owners to move quickly
• Use tooling and automation; Embracing a charter to automate menial tasks away
• Reduce technical organizational silos created by inadequate communication and differing product life cycles



• BS degree in Computer Science or related technical field involving coding (e.g., physics or mathematics), or equivalent practical experience.
• Experience with algorithms, data structures, complexity analysis and software design.
• Experience in one or more of the following: C, C++, Java, Python.
• Comfort with custom robotic hardware or a willingness to learn
• Deep experience with hands-on software development
• Lead design reviews and architectural sign off for critical areas. Probes assumptions to uncover design flaws by considering a system wide view larger than that of the team’s.
• Experience managing container-based workloads, using Kubernetes or other orchestration software
• Experience with AWS, or other cloud infrastructure providers
• Ability to manage competing priorities, focus on shipping, and work well under pressure
• Interest in designing, analyzing and fixing hybrid distributed robotic systems that are tightly coupled to the Platform as a Service infrastructure you will build.
• Systematic problem-solving approach, coupled with strong communication skills and a sense of ownership and drive.
• Ability to debug and optimize code and automate routine tasks.

About our Productivity and Reliability Team

We are small group looking for strong technical leads that want an opportunity to move fast and help with building our core robotic simulation platform that will enable the broader development team to create better products for our patients. This is a new group at the company and our mandate is to promote significant change that will improve the productivity and reliability of our engineering teams and products. The team is also responsible for building a resilient, performant, and secure internal platform which hosts our core back-end services to control our builds, test automation platform, system simulation, engineering data pipelines, and storage for our surgical robotics engineering group. We have the potential to overlap with many teams and as such emphasize tearing down organizational silos and a strong culture of collaboration. Nothing is taboo. If you see a high-leverage solution to a long-standing problem, tear it all down and build the right solution provided you have the will and a good plan to execute!

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.