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Do you want to be part of a small, talented, and energetic team in a startup environment, with exposure to a Who’s Who of the world’s medical and medical device professionals? Look no further than the Jacobs Institute.  Apply via LinkedIn to discover new opportunities as they arise.

Senior Research & Development Engineer

Full-Time

Role Summary

The Senior Research & Development Engineer manages the progression of medical devices through all stages of development including idea creation, design, development, prototyping and directs the testing and evaluation of medical devicesThey will oversee all activities of device development.

 

Why the Jacobs Institute?

The Jacobs Institute (JI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to drive next generation technologies in vascular medicine through the collisions of clinicians, researchers, industry, and entrepreneurs. Our vision is that the Jacobs Institute’s medical innovation improves healthcare outcomes and result in economic development in Western New York.

Working at the Jacobs Institute means you will be able to work with passionate and creative people across a variety of clinical and engineering disciplines.  On any given day you will be exposed to opportunities to identify unmet clinical needs and fast track those through the product lifecycle.  You will engage with industry, academia, and clinicians as the lead engineer translating user feedback into ideas and products via our i2R (Idea to Reality Center) prototyping space. You will get to work in an engaging culture creating inspiring, user-centered designs.

 

Why is this role important at the Jacobs Institute?

As a Senior Research & Development Engineerat the Jacobs Institute you create product designs and experiences that genuinely impact people’s lives. You’ll be part of strengthening the medical device innovation backbone at the Jacobs Institute by leading product development projects across disciplines.

 

Once you are here you might:

  • Lead next-generation development of medical devices with full autonomy to innovate at-will and fail often in order to succeed.
  • Help a physician, scientist, or researcher turn their nascent idea into something they can hold.
  • Explain a complex mechanical system to a client with no technical background.
  • Build a looks-like/works-like prototype to take to the field and get feedback from real users to incorporate into the final design.
  • Figure out how to build components, or a product, as quickly and inexpensively as possible within given manufacturing constraints.

 

Essential Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience working on neurovascular or cardiovascular products that have gone to market.
  • At least 2 years of project management experience with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of mechanisms, materials, CAD modeling (SolidWorks preferred), and device development-related processes (i.e. design controls FDA/ISO).
  • Experience creating prototypes at varying levels of fidelity: from rough breadboards to fully functional models.
  • Experience with vascular-related materials of construction such as PTFE, nitinol, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of human anatomical systems and common interventional procedures (neuro experience is a plus).
  • Bachelor’s degree required with relevant experience, MS or PhD preferred.

 

Pop quiz:

If you could redesign any common household object: what would it be? why should it be redesigned? how might you make it better?

 

Application instructions:

  • To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and answer to the above question to mspringer@jacobsinstitute.org.
  • Your portfolio should include at least 2 examples of work-related projects. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.
  • Bonus points if you include 2-3 projects you have worked on for fun.

Research & Development Engineer

Full-Time

Role Summary

The Research & Development Engineer will customize 3D-printed models for product testing, physician training, and treatment planningThey will also drive JI’s i2R (Idea to Reality Center) device development tasks including meeting with inventors, designing devices, and collaborating with external contractors.

 

Why the Jacobs Institute?

The Jacobs Institute (JI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to drive next generation technologies in vascular medicine through the collisions of clinicians, researchers, industry, and entrepreneurs. Our vision is that the Jacobs Institute’s medical innovation improves healthcare outcomes and results in economic development in Western New York.

Working at the Jacobs Institute means you will be able to work with passionate and creative people across a variety of clinical and engineering disciplines.  On any given day, you will be exposed to opportunities to identify unmet clinical needs and fast-track those through the product lifecycle.  You will engage with industry, academia, and clinicians as the lead engineer translating user feedback into ideas and products via our i2R prototyping space. You will get to work in an engaging culture creating inspiring, user-centered designs.

 

Why is this role important at the Jacobs Institute?

As a Research & Development Engineer  at the Jacobs Institute, you will leverage our Center of Excellence status with 3D printing companies to develop 3D-printed anatomical models that replicate vascular disease states. You’ll be part of strengthening the medical device innovation backbone at the Jacobs Institute by leading the creation of new 3D printing techniques to create highly engineered models for medical device development, treatment planning, and regulatory testing.

 

Once you are here you might:

  • Help a physician evaluate treatment options for patients with life-threatening diseases.
  • Develop 3D-printed anatomical models that simulate disease states for physician training and treatment planning.
  • Collaborate with 3D printing manufacturers to develop next-generation materials, software, and post-processing techniques.
  • Provide feedback to 3D printing collaborators on beta launch products.
  • Help a physician, scientist, or researcher turn their nascent idea into something they can hold.
  • Optimize operational systems to increase model printing capacity and supply for critical decision making.
  • Learn about vascular diseases and research new ways to simulate them.

 

Essential Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience working with polyjet 3D printers in the medical field.
  • At least 2 years of project management experience with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of mechanisms, materials, CAD modeling (SolidWorks preferred), and manufacturing processes (e.g. FDA/ISO).
  • Experience creating prototypes at varying levels of fidelity: from rough concepts to fully functional models.
  • Experience with product development and operations.
  • In-depth knowledge of human anatomical systems and common interventional procedures (neuro experience is a plus).
  • Bachelor’s degree required with relevant experience, MS degree preferred.

 

Pop quiz:

If you could redesign any common household object: what would it be? why should it be redesigned? how might you make it better?

 

Application instructions:

  • To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and answer to the above question to mspringer@jacobsinstitute.org.
  • Your portfolio should include at least 2 examples of work-related projects. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.
  • Bonus points if you include 2-3 projects you have worked on for fun.