Director of Software Engineering at Vicarious Surgical (Waltham, MA)

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Vicarious Surgical is hiring a Director of Software Engineering to join our team in Waltham, MA.  In close collaboration with peer Directors leading the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Controls, as the Director of Software Engineering you will lead all aspects of the software engineering process for our innovative surgical robot including requirements, design, development, software testing, UI development, DevOps and the product owner function. This is a hands-on technical leadership role where you will lead development of robust requirements, architecture, and design of our surgical robot using model-driven engineering (MDE) techniques. The successful candidate will have previous experience bringing a medical device product through the development lifecycle, and will be expected to collaborate cross-functionally across the organization to develop top-quality products on our roadmap.

Vicarious Surgical is a next generation robotics company developing a disruptive technology with the goal of increasing the efficiency of surgical procedure, improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.

This is a terrific opportunity for a software engineering leader to join our company at a very exciting time and be a key member of a team of mission-driven and kind individuals with diverse experiences to lead Vicarious into its next phase of hyper-growth and market disruption. 


  • Manage and lead the software engineering team that include requirements, design, development and test.
  • Mentor managers who are developing their direct reports on the application of model-driven engineering using UML and create model-driven architecture (MDA) and automated testing.
  • Support integration of automation test frameworks including ATDD/BDD tools like Cucumber etc.
  • Build and scale the Software Engineering team in skills and size commensurate to the scope and complexity of our products. 
  • Work with senior R & D leadership to develop technical roadmap, strategic objectives and plans for clear deliverables. 
  • Manage external partnerships when needed.

About You 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or directly-related discipline. 
  • 10+ years of experience in a software leadership position in highly-regulated industry/industries; some experience in the medical device industry required.
  • Knowledge and application of medical device development standard IEC 62304 is required.
  • Previous experience leading teams through model-driven software architecture, design, and automated testing from prototype to product release.
  • Surgical robotics experience is helpful.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential to success in the role.

Together, we share a love for learning and we are passionate teachers.  As a company, we set ambitious goals and individually, we share in that ambition. At the office, we enjoy each other’s company during happy hours, catered lunches and company celebrations.

Please note that at Vicarious Surgical, we follow COVID-19 safety protocol, which may include compliance with vaccination, testing and masking requirements.

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Our office in Waltham is the ideal spot - surrounded by local dining and shops! Free parking & shuttle from Alewife Station, Catered Lunches, and Bagel Friday + Monthly Social!

An Insider's view of Vicarious Surgical

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The atmosphere here … I've never encountered anything like this in my past work. The company is so family oriented.


Medical Robotics Technician

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Every day we push the boundaries of what's possible, finding innovative solutions to build a surgical robot that's truly novel and groundbreaking.


Senior Systems Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Vicarious has been instrumental in my growth as an engineer. The robotic system I work on challenges me with new problems to tackle everyday. Each challenge can be a learning moment and the team around me always recognizes that and makes time to see that I grasp the different solutions.


Advanced Manufacturing Engineer

What's something quirky about your company?

We enjoy "Mandatory Fun" activities such as surprise company pancake breakfasts, ridiculous office pools like guessing the length of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, recreating our patents in icing on cakes to celebrate their submission, and competing in robot Olympics using our system to become CEO for the day. And there are usually dogs.


Manager of Systems Engineering

What are Vicarious Surgical Perks + Benefits

Vicarious Surgical Benefits Overview

Our benefits are ever evolving and expanding, like our workforce. We seek to provide employees with the right mix of perks and benefits that best suit their lifestyle. We are most proud to offer a 401(k) match to our employees to ensure they are each able to save for the future.

Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
While we don't have a dedicated Game Room, we enjoy a ping-pong table and many board games.
Stocked Kitchen
We provide fresh fruit, a wide variety of grab-and-go snacks, coffee and tea. Our newly installed Soda Machine is a major hit, allowing our employees to enjoy multiple beverages of choice.
Some Meals Provided
Our employees enjoy a fully catered lunch twice per week and bagels on Fridays.
Happy Hours
Monthly social and company celebrations. We have a fully stocked alcoholic beverage fridge!
Electrical charging stations!
Pet Friendly
Dog-friendly office + pet insurance
Recreational Clubs
Employee-led clubs currently include Chess Club, Cycling Club, Softball Team, Rock Climbing, Company Band, Learning Italian, Employee Social Committee, and more are welcome!
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Regularly scheduled Lunch & Learns on variety of topics delivered by our employees.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our benefits are evolving and expanding, like our workforce. We seek to provide employees with the right mix of perks and benefits, to best suit their lifestyle. We hope you decide to grow with us!

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