FPGA Engineer

Sunnyvale, California

At Intuitive, 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. Our mission is our guiding force; our culture is the DNA that makes us unique.  

As a pioneer in robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), we have been expanding our innovations through technology to help make a difference in the world. For 25 years, human ingenuity has guided our journey to help solve some of healthcare’s complex challenges. 

We believe a great idea can come from anywhere—inclusion and mutual respect are vital to our culture. We value character grounded in integrity, a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and diverse 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 strive to 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 help to advance the world of minimally invasive care. 

Primary Function of Position:

The Ion™ endoluminal system is Intuitive's robotic platform for minimally invasive biopsy in the peripheral lung, with an initial goal of improving the early diagnosis of lung cancer. We are seeking a candidate with an analytical mind and exceptional logic design skills to develop and commercialize new designs for our robotic platform. This position will have broad responsibility for developing complex FPGA solutions for communications, video, control processing and other advanced capabilities. This role works closely with clinical, design, engineering and manufacturing teams to ensure designs meet clinical and user needs and perform reliably and effectively in the field. In this position, you will be part of a team of talented engineers in a focused, high energy, collaborative work environment, challenged to make sound decisions when faced with the time pressures and ambiguous or incomplete information typical of research and development.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop systems architecture and implementation in collaboration with cross-functional partners in Electrical Engineering, Software Development and Systems Analysis
  • Produce efficient FPGA implementations of one or more of the following: video signal processing, DMA, high-speed communications, sensor integration, motor control, and integration of modern embedded computing modules
  • Develop all FPGA RTL in System Verilog
  • Work with other FPGA contributors to harmonize the RTL and verification implementation with established best practices
  • Use modern verification techniques and contribute to our library of verification solutions
  • Integrate, debug and support the product after launch
  • Follow rigorous design control methodology from design specification through design verification
  • Write detailed design documentation, including specifications and verification protocols
  • Represent design tradeoffs within multi-disciplinary teams to define requirements for new and current designs

Skills, Experience, Education, and Training:


  • Minimum BSEE, or similar
  • Proficiency with System Verilog HDL
  • Self-driven with the ability to excel in a high-energy, small, focused team environment, to maintain a strong sense of shared responsibility and shared reward, and to make work fun and interesting
  • Passion for details in creating robust and reliable logic designed for mission-critical applications
  • Familiarity with the full product development lifecycle including concept development, design, implementation, debug, verification, qualification, and transfer to manufacturing
  • Excellent communication, documentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with scripting languages like JavaScript and Python


  • MSEE (Post-graduate study) or equivalent work experience, minimum 5+ years experience
  • Familiarity with additional HDL programming languages (e.g. Verilog, VHDL)
  • Experience with FPGA/ASIC simulation tools (e.g. ModelSim) and revision control (e.g. SVN, Git)
  • Experience with Xilinx FPGAs and development tools

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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