Sr. Systems Engineer, Robotics

US, US, CA - San Diego

Minimum Level of Education Required: Bachelors Degree

Percentage of Travel: Up to 10%

Location: CA - San Diego

Ref#: 103306

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Job Summary and Primary Responsibilities

Join NuVasive's Robotics team and develop the future of spine surgery through navigation and robotics innovation! As a Systems Engineer at Nuvasive, you will:

  • Serve as a liaison between clinical/marketing, program management, and the engineering design teams
  • Translate clinical and business needs to system requirements for engineering definition of the system
  • Generate use cases, trade studies, draft design documentation, and risk assessments to facilitate systematic trade-off decisions and robust engineering solutions
  • Consult on adequacy of test method for device requirementsDevelop user needs, system requirements, subsystem requirements for HW and SW and define acceptance criteria
  • Decompose and allocate requirements to cross functional disciplines
  • Identify and understand dependencies across subsystem requirements
  • Build prototypes, fixtures, and SW tools for data acquisition and analysis
  • Work cross-disciplinarily to provide hands-on system troubleshooting and debugging
  • Utilize sound engineering methods and documentation processes to perform design reviews and failure mode analyses
  • Lead the design, implementation, and integration of system features (software, robotic arm, implants, and surgical instruments) to deliver best-in-class surgical technology
  • Work with minimal supervision on highly complex projects
  • Assume ownership of a particular feature or component from hazard/risk analysis, requirements, directing development & design, addressing residual risk mitigations, through feature verification and validation
  • Responsible for system integration of all subsystems that make up the feature/functionality
  • Participate and support Key Opinion Leader cadaveric labs
Required Skills / Capabilities
Product Development/System Design Experience
  • Experience designing system behavior (i.e. user interaction with system, system interaction with anatomy)
  • Good understanding and experience of system lifecycle phases and design control processes
  • Experience designing subsystem interactions (i.e. ability to create a functional system interconnect diagrams)
  • Experience with HW and SW development as part of complex system development
  • Ability to identify and manage technical Dependencies across HW and SW subsystems
  • Strong understanding of risk analysis for complex systems, experience managing risk registries for large projects (i.e. aFMEA, hazard analysis, etc.)
  • Strong analytical, problem solving skills, partitioning/decomposing complex engineering problems into solvable problems
  • Basic experience with CAD (i.e. Test Fixture design, simple prototypes, transformation math, etc.)
  • Basic programming skills (i.e. MATLAB, python, C#, C++, or similar) prototyping, data acquisition, data analysis, parsing large quantities of files/data
  • Good understanding of Statistics (DOE, t-test, ANOVA, etc.) and use of tools (R, Minitab, etc.)

Project Management Experience

  • Experience with Agile methodology
  • Managing deliverables and effectively communicating to program lead risks and dependencies

Emotional Intelligence

  • Experience working in cross-functional environment with strong influence and ability to effectively work with various groups within the organization
  • Strong communication skills, ability to influence team members, excellent negotiating skills
  • Experience interacting with Health Care Professionals
  • Demonstrated pattern of self-awareness and self-improvements
  • Ability to make decisions independently using sound judgement and operate with a high level of autonomy
  • Ability to communicate technical content to technical and non-technical stakeholders in all levels of leadership
  • Being proactive and biased for action
Education and Experience
  • Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related technical field; or 6 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 years experience; or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years' experience in complex system product development
  • Experience working in a regulated environment (FDA, Automotive, Aerospace)
  • Preferred INCOSE certification (ASEP, CSEP, ESEP)
  • Preferred Surgical Robotics experience
  • Preferred Spine Anatomy and Procedures knowledge
NuVasive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The “EEO is the Law” poster options are available here. NuVasive's EEO policy is available here
About NuVasive
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, with a mission to transform surgery, advance care, and change lives. The Company's less-invasive, procedurally integrated surgical solutions are designed to deliver reproducible and clinically proven outcomes. The Company's comprehensive procedural portfolio includes surgical access instruments, spinal implants, fixation systems, biologics, software for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative neuromonitoring technology and service offerings. With more than $1 billion in net sales, NuVasive has approximately 2,700 employees and operates in more than 50 countries serving surgeons, hospitals, and patients. For more information, please visit
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