Senior Controls Systems Engineer, Surgical Robotics

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Job Description

Ethicon, a part of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies, is currently recruiting a Senior Systems Engineer for the development of surgical robots and instruments in their Cincinnati, Ohio location.

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made meaningful contributions to surgery for more than 60 years from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. This is an opportunity for a key role in bringing exciting new products to market to support the J&J / Google robotics venture. For more information, visit

Our R&D team of engineers, designers and technical experts are in the forefront of technology in the medical device industry. You will be making a vital contribution to the New Product Development pipeline and transforming patient care through innovation. This is an opportunity for a key role in bringing exciting new products to market enabling significant professional growth.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

This position will involve leading a subset of Systems Engineering activities across complex electro-mechanical surgical device programs and integrating the work of multiple technical disciplines. Proven communication skills, both written and oral as well as effective leadership are required. The Senior Controls Systems Engineer will work with internal and external teams to develop, implement, and test control algorithms and control software for robotic surgical instruments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the requirements development process specific to instrument controls, for an assigned instrument team. This role shall require effective collaboration with Lead Design engineers and other subject matter experts on: requirements content development, rationale, decomposition, trace management, verification approach, and risk assessment.
  • Conduct and/or participate in technical design reviews of requirements, specifications, software, and designs for instruments, systems, and interfaces as it relates to the instrument controls.
  • Design test methods and means of automated data collection and/or post-processing, as required
  • Lead tests, analyze results, and develop written reports
  • Collaborate with Ethicon and external technical experts on controls development and documentation (e.g. software design specifications, software requirements, software test protocols)

  • A BS in computer science, electrical engineering, or other related fields is required
  • A MS or PhD in computer science, electrical engineering, or other related fields is strongly preferred

Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of 4 years of related work experience
  • A strong background in math & physics
  • A deep understanding of kinematics, dynamics, controls & motion planning, and simulations
  • Experience with a variety of programming languages and applications (e.g. MATLAB, Simulink, C++, Python)
  • Experience with real-time software and sockets programming
  • Broad Knowledge across mechanical, electrical and software engineering, as part of combined HW/SW systems
  • Experience diagnosing engineering design issues, including gathering and interpreting test data
  • Excellent technical writing and oral communication skills
  • Capable of effectively leading multiple parallel projects in a diverse team environment
  • Experience in medical device industry or other regulated industry
  • Experience with a variety of operating systems (e.g. QNX, Linux)
  • Experience with distributed version control systems (e.g. Git, Subversion), code repositories and code reviews
  • Experience developing software unit tests using Python, C++ and Google Test or any other unit test framework
  • Experience developing software for safety critical systems
  • Familiarity with regulations surrounding software design control for medical devices, including IEC 62304, ISO 13485 and 21 CFR 820
  • This position is based on Cincinnati, Ohio, and may involve up to 25% travel.

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.

Primary Location
United States-Ohio-Cincinnati-
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc (6041)
Job Function
R&D Engineering (R&D)
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