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Research Engineer - Augmented Reality

Company: Intuitive Surgical
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job 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.
Company Description:
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 highest priority.
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 interesting.
As part of the research team, immediate responsibilities include:

  • 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, and OpenCV.
  • 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 evaluation.
  • 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 collaborators.

    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 desirable.
    • 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 Cycle.
    • 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.

Keywords: Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale , Research Engineer - Augmented Reality, Engineering , Sunnyvale, California

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