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R&D Product Development

Principal Electrical Engineer

  • Job Title Principal Electrical Engineer
  • Function R&D Product Development
  • Sub Function R&D Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering
  • Category Senior Principal Engineer, R&D Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering (ST8)
  • Location Santa Clara, California, United States
  • Date Posted
  • Requisition Number 2406182856W
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Ethicon is recruiting for a  Principal Electrical Engineer - Visualization in Santa Clara, California.

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made meaningful contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from building the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing

Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our dedication to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. For more information, visit

This Principal Electrical Engineer is a key member of the Visualization Platform team, working within a multi-disciplinary organization to develop complex hardware designs for medical devices. Candidates must be self-motivated, highly independent and have an eagerness to mentor others and work as a team. Individuals must have the desire to thrive in a very fast-paced environment and are expected to demonstrate advanced electrical engineering knowledge, exceptional data collection and analysis skills, be able to independently resolve approaches to difficult technical problems, and effectively communicate across engineering teams. This position has a focus on design and detailed root cause analysis specifically with respect to signal integrity and EMI/EMC. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in electrical engineering and demonstrate an exceptional understanding of fundamentals in the design, development, and testing of medical devices, preferably endoscopic systems.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead, plan, develop, and validate electrical systems, hardware architecture, communication interfaces, and image signal processing solutions for laparoscopic visualization and advanced imaging products and concepts.
  • Lead system technical strategies and influence internal cross-functional teams to execute feasibility and product development efforts.
  • Develop technical requirements and architecture, collaborating with internal and external team members, that will support not just a product but a platform for long-term growth.
  • Manage project and technical deliverables to meet the goals of assigned projects.
  • Establish and maintain strong, productive relationships and collaborations across internal, external, and partner organizations.
  • Work closely with manufacturing partners to support the production process and resolve any technical issues that may arise.
  • Conduct and/or participate in technical design reviews of requirements, specifications, designs, etc.
  • Conduct feasibility studies, prototype development, and testing to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Contribute to all aspects of design control activities throughout the product lifecycle.



  • Minimum B.S. degree (Electrical Engineering) and 10+ years of product design/development experience (or M.S. degree and 8+ years of experience), including demonstrated success developing medical devices.
  • Significant experience designing, implementing, and troubleshooting hardware that supports high-speed signal interfaces (e.g., Ethernet, MIPI, PCIe, etc.).
  • Demonstrated expertise in designing for (and troubleshooting) EMI/EMC considerations.
  • Strong understanding of regulatory standards (e.g., FDA, ISO) and experience with product development lifecycle.
  • Significant experience turning user and system-level requirements into hardware architecture, detailed designs, communication interfaces, hardware deliverables, etc.
  • Direct experience working across company and organizational boundaries, in many cases without direct authority, to build relationships, define mutual goals, and collaborate to meet objectives.
  • Direct experience building prototypes, products, and systems for testing, along with setting up and running laboratory simulations.


  • Experience in electrical engineering with medical device visualization, specifically with endoscopic systems.
  • Experience developing surgical visualization camera control systems, including interfacing with CMOS image sensors and LED/laser light sources, FPGA interfaces, and image signal processing for machine learning/artificial intelligence.
  • Understanding of surgical visualization, image sensors, frame-based image processing, and electronic interfacing of image data streams.
  • Competency in at least one programming language, such as Python or C.
  • Experience with machine learning/artificial intelligence and graphics processing using GPU.
  • Experience supporting verification and validation of medical devices.
  • Domestic and international travel of up to 10%

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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This position's anticipated base pay range is $166,000.00 to $267,145.


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