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Image Processing Engineer V

Job Function:  Research & Development

Goleta, CA, US, 93117

Work Location (for field-based positions): 
Work Flexibility:  Onsite (Office/ Production)
Pay Range:  $147,000 - $224,700
Job ID:  2797

JOB SUMMARY: Brief description of what this person does, in simple direct terms.


  • Produce advanced designs for camera image processing.
  • Design, analyze, demonstrate, and implement image and video processing methods for camera product development.
  • Perform research and development to produce new image processing solutions for existing and future products.
  • Implement solutions and support design integration.
  • Produce quality analysis of image processing solutions and identify and incorporate improvements.
  • Develop tests to characterize methods and systems; support product development teams.
  • Perform competitive analyses, assess tradeoffs and impact to market.
  • Develop innovative solutions and recommend improvements to KARL STORZ products.
  • Define, review and optimize IP architecture and make other high-impact design decisions.
  • Mentor and lead less-experienced engineers and provide overall leadership.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: List the essential duties and responsibilities of the position, in order of importance and/or amount of time spent.


  • Algorithm Development
    • Research new image processing techniques and technologies for camera systems and develop algorithms and solutions for use in future and existing camera products.
    • Develop image and video processing algorithms for acquisition based on CCD and CMOS sensors for 1-chip and 3-chip camera systems and for display on UHD/HD/NTSC/PAL systems.
  • Analyses and Modeling
    • Perform system modeling of camera pipeline components, including imagers and digital image processing modules.
    • Perform signal analysis to evaluate quality of image processing algorithms and systems.
    • Perform analysis and characterization of imaging sensors.
    • Use video rendering to Illustrate effects of image and video processing features.
    • Determine methods of communicating the analytical results with the rest of the Engineering staff.
    • Determine, where appropriate, empirical methods, to validate analytical models.  If necessary, update the model assumptions and/or empirical methods to correlate the results.
    • Identify and incorporate improvements based on results from analysis.
    • Perform data acquisition as part of the analysis process.
    • Document the results of the analyses in technical reports.
  • Design
    • Use MATLAB/Simulink environment to produce FPGA-based modules to implement camera processing, image and video processing.
    • Verify FPGA-based modules against system requirements within MATLAB/Simulink environment.
    • Run proof-of-design MATLAB simulations.
    • Support project engineers during integration phase.
  • Standards and Interfaces
    • Understand video standards (UHD, HD, NTSC, PAL)
    • Familiar with image and video compression standards (JPEG, MPEG-2, H.264)
    • Familiar with video interfaces (DP, DVI, HDMI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI)
  • Project Development Teams
    • Provide leadership and support other IP engineers.
    • Define IP design architecture and work with other disciplines to converge to best solutions for product.
    • Provide objective image analysis assistance to Project teams during various design phases.
    • Contribute design ideas, constraints, trade-offs, and concerns to the Project Teams
    • Document the results of the analyses in technical reports.
    • Participate in and/or perform the critical reviewer function during design reviews.  Identify holes, concerns, and possible problems associated with the design and/or manufacturing processes relating to the image processing component in products.
  • Sustaining Support
    • Provide sustaining support for existing product lines.  This may include analysis and resolution of field issues and/or manufacturing issues.
    • Determine validation test requirements to isolate and help correct sustaining problems.
    • Design, implement, test, and validate new test requirements and methods utilizing the ATE.
    • Perform competitive evaluation and comparison to KARL STORZ products.  Make recommendations for product improvements based on thing learned.
  • General Engineering
    • Provide support and technical direction for the generation and maintenance of testing and methods.
  • Additional Responsibilities
  • Quality – all activities associated with this position must be performed with the highest level of quality standards recognizing that the products are used in the medical industry.
  • Durability – all activities associated with this position must address the long-term durability of the design.
  • Efficacy – all activities associated with this position must consider the devices final application and use.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Regular attendance is an essential job function.
  • Will spend part of his/her time as a member of continuous improvement teams undertaking projects and seeking ways to improve the quality of KARL STORZ products and services.


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITES: List other important functions that are secondary duties but may be time consuming.


  • Quality – all activities associated with this position must be performed with the highest level of quality standards recognizing that the products are used in the medical industry.
  • Durability – all activities associated with this position must address the long-term durability of the design.
  • Efficacy – all activities associated with this position must consider the devices final application and use.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.







KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: What does a person in this position need to be able to do?


  • Knowledge of medical device quality system regulations and standards (eg, U.S. FDA Quality System Regulation 21CFR Part 820, ISO13485, ISO9001)
  • Knowledge of complete camera processing pipeline and image and video processing techniques, including image enhancement, auto exposure control, color correction, noise reduction, gamma correction, white balance, CFA demosaicing, etc.
  • Knowledge of DSP techniques, including fixed-point processing, sampling theory, interpolation, filtering and filter design, linear system decomposition, etc.
  • Knowledge of color science concepts, colorimetry, image sensing technology, and digital video formats.
  • Experience with real-time algorithm development for video applications.
  • Experience using computer simulation software (MATLAB, Simulink).
  • Design and familiarity with FPGAs preferred.
  • Knowledge of C, C++, CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL, or OpenCV is a plus.
  • Experience in digital system design and analysis.
  • Experience with and knowledge of UHD, HD and NTSC/PAL video systems and interfaces.
  • Experience with imaging sensors and knowledge of sensor analysis and processing methods.
  • Able to work in cross-functional teams and lead other engineers to ensure the work is of good quality and the right decisions are made for the product.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • Good lab skills are a plus.
  • Experience in digital system design and analysis a plus.
  • Familiarity with endoscopy a plus.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  What is the usual educational background and work experience of an individual qualified to perform this job?


  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, emphasis in Signal Processing or equivalent.
  • Masters of Science or Ph.D. in Image Processing or Digital Signal Processing preferred.
  • 10-12 years of experience in image processing, digital signal processing or related field.
  • 7+ years of experience in image processing design or related design field

PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: What are the specific physical and mental demands of this position?


  • Visual acuity sufficient for testing.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods (during meetings and computer work).
  • Ability to lift video equipment (approx. 20 lbs.).
  • Ability to connect electrical devices.


TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:  Safety, regulatory compliance, legal & job specific.


  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program; annually - OSHA requirement
  • ISO 9001/QSR/MDD, annually – In house requirement
  • Blood borne Pathogen annually – OSHA requirement

Job Specific - In house requirement

Your Benefits

  • Medical / Dental / Vision including a state-of-the-art wellness program and pet insurance, too!*
  • 3 weeks vacation, 11 holidays plus paid sick time*
  • Up to 8 weeks of 100% paid company parental leave**
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan providing a match of 60% of the employee’s first 6% contribution (up to IRS limits)
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life, STD, LTD & LTC Insurance
  • We prepay your tuition up to $5,250 per year!  - Tuition pre-imbursement
  • Fitness reimbursement of up to $200 annually
  • Employee referral program of up to $2,000 per hire
  • And much more!

*Field sales, internships, and part-time employees are not eligible except where required by state law.
Non-employees, including temporary workers and consultants, are not eligible to participate in the KARL STORZ benefits program.
**To include, maternal/paternal leave, adoption, and fostering of a child.

KARL STORZ reserves the right to change or modify the employee’s job description whether orally or in writing, at any time during the employment relationship. Additionally, KARL STORZ, through its supervisors, may require an employee to perform duties outside their normal description within the sole discretion of the supervisor. Employees must comply will all applicable KARL STORZ policies and procedures.

KARL STORZ is committed to maintaining a safe work environment for our employees and customers. Most field-based roles at KARL STORZ require hospital credentialing/health screens as a condition of employment. Credentialing can include required vaccinations, health screens & other requirements as outlined by our customers. During the interview process, we encourage you to ask how credentialing/health screens may impact the role you are seeking and if you require any reasonable accommodations regarding these requirements.

The pay range and/or hourly pay rate listed is a good faith determination of potential base compensation that may be offered to a successful applicant for this position at the time of this job posting and may be modified in the future. When determining a specific team member’s base salary and/or hourly pay rate, several factors will be considered including such things as location, specialty, service line, years of relevant experience, education, professional credentials, internal equity, and the amount budgeted for the role.

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