Principal Systems Engineer - Surgical Robotics

Medtronic   •  

Boston, MA

Industry: Healthcare

  •  

8 - 10 years

Posted 56 days ago

A Day in the Life:

The Principal Systems Engineer will serve as a technical lead within a team of Mechanical, Electrical, Software and Test Engineers responsible for developing a major subsystem of a surgical robotics platform. S/he will lead the team in characterizing and optimizing performance of electromechanical subsystems and components leading to well-documented control schemes based on quantitative models as well as identifying opportunities for future design improvements. S/he will directly supervise a small team of systems and test engineers.

You Will:

  • Lead activities to characterize the performance and behavior of existing electro-mechanical subsystems and components via test and analytical modeling. The primary subsystem comprises state-of-the art robotic assemblies with embedded microcontrollers and servo-amplifiers as well as a range of different sensors
  • Characterize unit-to-unit variability due to manufacturing tolerances as well as environmental conditions and potential mechanical changes throughout use life. Develop robust, well-documented and quantified control schemes to ensure system performance metrics are met throughout range of permitted variability
  • Collaborate with hardware, firmware and software development engineers to deploy optimal control schemes based on this system characterization
  • Collaborate with engineers to implement tests for component characterization as well as confirmatory tests of overall system performance
  • Collaborate with 3rd party suppliers and contract manufacturers to develop manufacturing tests to guarantee adequate control of manufacturing variation.
  • Develop and document diagnostic tests to aid in root-cause analysis of systems in the field
  • Develop concepts for next-generation designs to add functionality, improve performance, reduce cost and improve serviceability:
o Develop schematics (mechanical, electrical, SW) for future design improvements including design descriptions, concepts of operation and analytical models

o Work with engineers through design/prototype/test cycles

o Participate in design reviews, DFMECA analyses etc.


Must Have – Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.

Nice to Have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering (Advanced Degree with a specialization in robotics, system dynamics and control or similar strongly preferred)
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant industry experience involving robotics or electromechanical systems development. Experience in medical device industry strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of serving as a technical lead/manager of small engineering teams
  • Expertise in electro-mechanical system design and development encompassing mechanical design, actuators and sensors, microcontrollers, digital communications, power electronics and closed-loop control implementation
  • Strong foundation in engineering theory and analysis including system dynamics and control theory
  • Hands-on ability to set up test instrumentation including specification of sensors and data acquisition instrumentation to log parameters such as position/angle, force/torque, temperature etc.
  • Ability to analyze electro-mechanical issues by reviewing mechanical drawings, electrical schematics and SW algorithms and devising tests to establish root-cause
  • Understanding of manufacturing tolerances and specified performance variability for mechanical and electrical components
  • Familiarity with various types of motors: brushless servo, brushed servo, stepper etc.
  • Familiarity with a range of sensors including encoders, proximity, temperature etc.Experience implementing automation and controls in software and firmware strongly preferred
  • Experience implementing and debugging serial communication preferred: Ethernet, SPI, I2C, RS-422 etc.
  • Familiarity with electrical safety compliance and testing, including IEC 60601
  • Experience in all phases of the product development lifecycle including feasibility, design, V&V and transfer to production
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work cooperatively within a multidisciplinary team

Working Conditions:

Standard Office setting in the Seaport District of Boston, MA. Some limited travel may be required.


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 therequired 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.