Research Engineer - Augmented Reality
Company: Intuitive Surgical
Posted on: November 18, 2021
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
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.
Intuitive designs and manufactures state-of-the-art computer- and
robot-assisted systems for use in minimally invasive surgery. These
systems are revolutionizing the way in which surgery is being done
and offer a unique platform that is being used routinely at
hospitals worldwide for exploring the potential of intelligent
surgery. Joining Intuitive means joining a team dedicated to using
technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and
decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our
Primary Function of Position:
The Future Forward Research group within Intuitive has an immediate
opening in Sunnyvale, CA for a senior research engineer with a
focus on XR (AR, MR, VR) technology, contributing to the
exploration and development of new system concepts for the current
and next generation robotic surgery and digital platforms. This
role is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative team within a
dynamic and challenging problem-solving environment.
A successful candidate must excel in a high-energy focused team
environment, must have excellent communication skills and must be
able to balance independent production of results with the need to
collaborate during planning, development, integration, and
evaluation of research concepts and minimum viable products. The
ability to learn rapidly, as well as to drive to creative-yet
practical-solutions from rough requirements are essential in this
position. The candidate will work closely with other members of the
research group as well as with other business units within
Intuitive. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared
reward is required, as is the ability to make work fun and
As part of the research team, immediate responsibilities
- Develop new applications for novel display systems such as for
Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and/or Mixed reality.
- Develop machine vision and scene understanding algorithms to be
integrated into surgical robotic systems.
- Develop software to quickly prototype and evaluate research
concepts using tools such as Unity, Visual studio, Python, Matlab,
- Develop software to bring-up and evaluate third party systems,
algorithms, and OEM components.
- Complete early-stage research and proof-of-concept work to
establish technical feasibility and clinical value. This will
include rapid iterations of prototype development and
- Build applications and infrastructure that are extensible and
robust while working in small teams.
- Create white papers and documentation for software
architecture(s) and libraries.
- Work with, and support, external research partners and
To adequately perform the responsibilities of this position the
individual must possess:
- Minimum MS or PhD degree in Computer engineering, Software,
Electrical or related fields.
- Demonstrated expertise developing software in one or more of
the following areas, with ability to grow into new areas:
Augmented/Mixed reality, Machine Vision, Scene Understanding, SLAM,
Machine learning, User interfaces and Graphics.
- Excellent Object-Oriented programming skills and hands-on
experience with Visual Studio, Matlab, Python, OpenGL, Unity,
OpenCV and VXL.
- Hands-on experience developing machine vision, SLAM, and scene
understanding algorithms are particularly desirable.
- Knowledge and experience in building augmented/mixed reality
application software for head mounted displays is particularly
- Demonstrated a breadth of experience in developing rich UI/UX
for XR applications.
- Proven ability to identify new technologies and principles, to
rapidly develop product concepts based on such technologies, within
an applied research role.
- Proficiency in all phases of the Software Development Life
- Excellent communication and documentation skills.
- Experience in design/development in the medical device industry
would be a plus.
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.
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