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Image Processing Engineer IV

Karl Storz Imaging

Goleta, California 93117
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Full Time
1st Shift
  • Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • Computer Programming/Systems
  • Design/Development Engineering
  • Software Engineering
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Job Details

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


Produce advance designs and algorithms for image processing, image compression, and image storage systems. Perform research and development of new image processing techniques for use in future products. Provide analytical support of image processing system performance to the product development teams. Design test fixtures and tooling, test procedures, and other manufacturing support. Perform competitive analyses.


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


  • Design

    • Produce FPGA-based modules to implement camera processing, image and signal processing, video encoding and decoding.

    • Verify FPGA-based modules against system requirements using simulation.

  • Analyses and Modeling

    • Perform system modeling of camera systems components, which include imagers, CDS sampling, and digital image processing.

    • Perform system modeling of image compression algorithms including MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards.

    • Determine, where appropriate, empirical methods to validate analytical models. If necessary, update the model assumptions and/or empirical methods to correlate the results.

    • Document the results of the analyses in technical reports.

  • Algorithm Development

    • Develop image processing algorithms for acquisition based on CCD and CMOS sensors using color filter array, trichroic prism, interlaced and progressive scan.

    • Research and develop new image processing techniques, solutions for use in future and existing KSI products.

  • Project Development Teams Support

    • Provide objective image analysis / image compression / image storage assistance during various design phases.

    • Contribute design ideas, constraints, trade-offs, and concerns to the Project Teams

  • Standards

    • Review and understand the following standards

      • Image Compression Standards (MPEG-2 and MPEG-4)

      • Image Storage Hardware Performance (DVD, BluRay, HD-DVD)

      • Image Storage File Formats (tiff, bmp)

      • Hospital Information Formats (DICOM, HL-7)

  • General Engineering

    • Provide support and technical direction for the generation and maintenance testing.

  • Will spend part of his/her time as a member of continuous improvement teams undertaking projects and seeking ways to improve the quality of KSI’s 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)

  • Experience using computer simulation software (MATLAB, Simulink, MathCAD).

  • Experience and knowledge of image compression routines such as MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.

  • Experience with and competent knowledge of NTSC/PAL video systems.

  • Understanding of colorimetry, image sensing technology, and digital video formats.

  • Linear system decomposition and analysis.

  • Knowledgeable of image processing techniques.

  • Knowledgeable of DSP image processing techniques, including round off, sampling theory, interpolation techniques, filtering, etc.

  • 5 years experience in image processing design or related field.


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 related field with 9-12 years in analog/digital system design and analysis and DSP techniques, algorithm development, and applications or Masters of Science in Image Processing or related field with 7-11 years in analog/digital system design and analysis and DSP techniques, algorithm development, and applications.

  • Design and familiarity with FPGAs.

  • Familiarity with Endoscopy a plus.


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

  • Bloodborne Pathogen annually – OSHA requirement

  • Job Specific - In house requirement


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