Intuitive Surgical Careers

Senior Clinical Development Engineer

Sunnyvale, California
Engineering


Job Description

Job: Engineering
Primary Location: United States-California-Santa Clara County-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time

Description

Company Description:

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

 
Primary Function of Position:

The Senior Clinical Development Engineer (CDE) uses their in-depth knowledge of medical technologies to work with design engineers and clinicians to define, develop, and validate the clinical function of new products within robotic platforms. They help develop or refine products including robotic systems, visualization platforms, instruments and accessories that ultimately improve the clinical outcome for patients. Their primary focus is to establish clinical requirements and risks and validate that the products address them. They also help integrate Intuitive’s products into robotic clinical applications, as well as monitor the clinical needs and opportunities in the market.

Roles and Responsibilities:
This position has responsibility and authority for:
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of the operating room environment and of medical technology in order to become an expert within the company on the clinical application of Intuitive’s products
  • Collaborate closely with product management and product development to define and validate clinical performance goals for new products
  • Assess and document clinical risks, and advise engineering regarding risks and mitigations
  • Take an active role in new product development teams, including contributing to team meetings and design reviews, and providing design guidance to engineering design teams
  • Write protocols and conduct formal validation testing for new products, product updates and releases, and modifications to existing designs, in order to validate the clinical safety and efficacy of the product. 
  • Support FDA/regulatory documentation and applications
  • Perform informal assessments of the clinical performance of prototype designs
  • Work with product management and product marketing to conduct product-specific “focus group” meetings with key customers at scientific conferences and in house
  • Work with physicians to identify clinical needs and complementary devices in the marketplace
  • Identify potential product enhancements & new product ideas by applying an analytical approach to understanding the clinical needs
  • Support and sometimes manage clinical evaluation of new or enhanced products at key customer sites
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of clinical applications of Intuitive’s products and to transfer product knowledge to that group as part of product and procedure launch activities
  • Collaborate with other organizations within the company as needed, including regulatory, human factors, training, and sales
  • Provide a clinical voice and evaluation to continuing engineering projects of Intuitive’s products
  • Keep the organization’s vision and values at the forefront of decision making and action
  • Perform other duties as required to support the company's overall strategy and goals

Qualifications

Skill/Job Requirements:
  • Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar, Masters preferred 
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in medical device industry required
  • Experience working with physicians in an operating room environment
  • Fluent in medical terminology and sound knowledge of anatomy 
  • Excellent mechanical aptitude, and intuition for spatial relations, including the ability to understand complex mechanical products
  • Excellent teamwork skills with proven ability to cultivate collaboration across multiple disciplines to insure project success
  • Self-starter needing minimal supervision
  • Self-confident and able to react quickly under pressure
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills required including presentation of technical content
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time, internationally and domestic

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.

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