Sr Software Engineer

Sunnyvale, California

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.


Primary Function of Position


We are seeking a Software Engineer to join the Future Forward Research Group at Intuitive Surgical. Our group’s role is to explore speculative concepts and technologies that are promising for future products and services in the emerging field of computer and robot-assisted medical interventions. As a Software Engineer, you will work on the design and development of next-gen telepresence applications targeting end-users involved in surgical robotic procedures.

The successful candidate must excel in a high-energy, focused, small-team environment, and have a commitment to high-quality research prototypes and supporting infrastructure. A strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward is required. As part of the research team, immediate responsibilities include:


Roles and Responsibilities


  • Build scalable, robust, reliable, platform-agnostic client applications enabling connectivity solutions to surgeons.
  • Build secure, audio-video communication client applications on Windows and mobile devices. 
  • Participate in the design discussion, code reviews, leading the products to the next level using well-suited software design patterns and principles.
  • Integrate with back-end systems, APIs, and services.
  • Define the technical approach for product features, optimize for speed, performance, effectiveness, and reliability.
  • Conduct Unit/Integration tests, Interact with DevOps, QA, and Cybersecurity teams through product releases.


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum Educational background in software engineering or related program (MS degree preferred) or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 10 years of software development experience or proven competency developing Full Stack applications with front-end technologies such as React.
  • Demonstrated hands-on skills of C++, C#,.Net, .Net Core, Web APIs
  • Rich experience in front-end development with React, Vue, and/or Angular.
  • Experience with TCP, UDP, RTP, HTTPS, and A/V standards such as MPEG, H.264, and WebRTC.
  • Hands-on experience with writing code in JavaScript/TypeScript, C# building RESTful APIs, data-driven applications, event/message-driven interfaces, and debugging apps using various tools.
  • Strong experience in troubleshooting software issues, identifying root causes quickly, documenting lessons learned, and proposing solutions for meeting customer needs.
  • Attention to detail in UI design implementation.
  • Experience in developing Windows Desktop Application
  • Strong communication and team-success-oriented collaboration skills.
  • Excellent programming skills with a solid understanding of software engineering techniques and methodologies.

Bonus Characteristics

  • Experience with TCP, UDP, RTP, HTTPS, and A/V standards such as MPEG, H.264, and WebRTC.
  • Expert experience with multi-threaded programming
  • Expert experience with version control systems (eg. Git, Perforce)
  • Working knowledge of Scrum or other Agile development methodologies.




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.

Shift : Shift 1 - Day

Travel : Yes, 10 % of the Time

Travel Requirements:Yes, 10 % of the Time Shift:Shift 1 - Day

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