Principal Software Engineer – Architect

Location US-MA-Cambridge
Job ID
Experience (Years)
Medical Device

Company Overview

The Canon Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory is a division of Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon Healthcare Optics Research Lab (HORL) is a young organization that is gaining momentum. We’re partnering with world class hospitals in the Boston area to turn cutting-edge medical research into usable, meaningful products.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2016† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact

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Position Overview

Canon USA’s Healthcare Optics Research Lab is a young organization that is gaining momentum. We’re partnering with world class hospitals in the Boston area to turn cutting-edge medical research into usable, meaningful products.  This Principal Software Engineer position is a software development leadership role responsible for the design, implementation and verification of medical imaging software solutions.  It is a hands-on role inventing practical solutions while meeting various functional and non-functional requirements of novel medical imaging devices.


- Lead the definition of software system architectures, technical solutions, and detailed designs for novel medical imaging devices consisting of software and hardware
- Lead software teams throughout the software development lifecycle, including planning, defining software requirements, architecture design, coding, verification, and software risk management
- Ensure complete documentation adhering to regulations, standards and industry best practices under Design Control 
- Deliver medical-grade software designs and code for the product that meet the defined software requirements and Design Inputs 
- Work closely with Project Managers for planning and execution to meet project check points and milestones
- Work effectively in cross-functional teams consisting of Research, Engineering, QA/RA, and Marketing.
- Provide documentation of inventions for patent applications; review alternative technology as it relates to the invention
- Guide and mentor less experienced team members to foster growth
- Report progress regularly to Upper Management


- Education Required: Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related discipline. 
- Experience Required: 10+ years of experience developing real-time software for embedded systems; 5+ years in a software engineering leadership role. 
- Experience designing and managing highly complex, multidisciplinary system of medical device is required. 
- Strong working knowledge of IEC 62304 is required.
- Thorough understanding and extensive application of modern software engineering principles, theories, design concepts and best practices. 
- Proficiency in C/C++ is required. 
- Experience in intellectual property development is a plus.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly to other stakeholders in different functions at various levels.
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