Principal Software Engineer - Surgeon Console

Medtronic Inc. Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago

Careers that Change Lives

You will join a team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers responsible for developing Medtronic's Robotic Assisted Surgery platform through commercial launch and production scale-up.

Impact patient outcomes. Come for a job, stay for a career

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group strives to enable earlier diagnosis, better treatment, faster complication-free recovery, and enhanced patient outcomes through less invasive surgical solutions.

SURGICAL INNOVATIONS set the standard for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by creating innovative surgical products and services that focus on obesity and diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, lung, abdominal wall, pelvic region, and the head and neck.

A Day in the Life

As the Principal Software Engineer, you will work within the Medtronic R&D engineering team to design, develop and support the software used in the Surgeon Console for the next generation robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery system.

The software in the Surgeon Console subsystem controls hardware devices, such as robotic arms and actuators. The software also interacts with sensors, GPIO devices and other physical hardware, communicates with microcontrollers and with other networked devices, and monitors/responds to diverse conditions.

In addition, this engineer will triage problems, identify root causes and solutions, and work with cross-functional engineering teams to deliver with hardware/software and software/software integration.

You will:

  • Design software for a robotic minimally invasive surgery system, utilizing object-oriented software design principles and other best practices

  • Produce documentation describing the design

  • Produce high quality C++ code consistent with the written design

  • Implement unit tests and uses static analysis tools to identify and address potential defects in the implementation

  • Integrate software with electronics and hardware

  • Participate in reviews of the requirements, design, implementation and tests to ensure that all software meets quality standards.

  • Performs Risk Management and root cause analysis

  • Analyze unexpected, undesirable or non-understood behavior in software and in interactions of software with hardware

  • Document results of defect analysis

  • Follow the ISO 62304 standard and project documents such as the software development plan and coding standards

Must have: Minimum qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree and 8+ years of relevant experience.

Nice to have:

  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant software development experience, or an advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience. Must have practical experience developing a commercial product.

  • Strong coding skills in C++ (including object-oriented techniques) required

  • Object-oriented design and development is required

  • Background in robotics, controls or sensors strongly preferred

  • Working understanding of common development tools (environments, compilers, build management software, debugging and source control tools, etc.) is strongly preferred

  • Experience with Design Patterns is desirable

  • Background in embedded software development in C++ or C is a strong plus

  • Basic understanding of standard OS features (e.g. threading and concurrency, memory management, device drivers, I/O, etc.) is strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with real-time operating systems is a plus

  • Experience implementing software for medical products under ISO 62304 preferred

  • Experience with one or more source code management tool is required

  • Experience with one or more unit-testing tool is strongly preferred

  • Experience with one or more static analysis tool is a plus

  • Must be able to work in a team environment and meet deadlines

Working Conditions:

Standard Office setting in the Seaport District of Boston, MA.

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position, but they are not an exhaustive list of all the required responsibilities and skills of this position.

The physical demands described within the Day in the Life section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Principal Software Engineer - Surgeon Console

Medtronic Inc.