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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.

Research & Development Technician

Full-Time

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.

Being a part of the Jacobs Institute team, means that you will work with passionate and creative staff members across a variety of disciplines. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in launching a more comprehensive JI, implementing processes, and managing client relationships. On any given day, you will interact with top-tier medical device companies, as well as physicians and sales representatives from around the globe.

 

Why is this role important at the Jacobs Institute?

As a Research & Development Technician at 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.

 

Once you are here you might:  

  • Assemble prototypes of innovative devices.
  • Develop tools and processes to enable prototype/device creation.
  • Design and assemble equipment and test fixtures leveraging mechanical and electrical skill sets with engineering guidance.
  • Produce small assembled parts according to procedures (both verbal and written).
  • Run equipment such as an adhesive dispenser, vertical shrinker, braider, tipping machines, drilling, punching, and measuring devices to assemble catheters and parts.
  • Perform testing to engineering specifications.
  • Support engineer project leader with modifications in written procedures and suggested improvements in making product or sub-assemblies.
  • Keep track of materials, tools, and procedures as the device are manufactured.
  • Identify nonconforming product and support root cause investigation alongside engineering.
  • Apply GMP and GDP principles to assembly, test records, and documentation.
  • Train and mentor new technicians in assembly and test operations.

 

Other Job Duties:

  • Interact with engineers, physicians, scientists, and researchers.
  • Improve/support existing processes.
  • Other tasks as assigned by management.

 

Essential Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in a technical field.
  • Must perform well individually and in cross-functional, highly dynamic development teams.
  • Ability to work in fast paced organization, meeting multiple deadlines and succeed under pressure is a must.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to write clear technical descriptions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proficient with solid modeling software. SolidWorks preferred.
  • Motivated, resourceful, ambitious, and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to work in a regulated environment in compliance with ISO 13485 and 21 CFR 820.

 

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 careers@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.

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.

3D Printing Technician

Full-Time

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.

Being a part of the Jacobs Institute team, means that you will work with passionate and creative staff members across a variety of disciplines. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in launching a more comprehensive JI, implementing processes, and managing client relationships. On any given day, you will interact with top-tier medical device companies, as well as physicians and sales representatives from around the globe.

 

Why is this role important at the Jacobs Institute?

As 3D Printing Technician at 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.

 

Once you are here you might:  

  • Maintain and operate various types of 3D printers.
  • Manages print queue for both internal and outsourced prints.
  • Perform post-processing of 3D printed models including cleaning, coating, and component verification.
  • Perform packaging and shipping of models.
  • Perform testing of models to engineering specifications.
  • Support engineer project leader with modifications in written procedures and suggested improvements.
  • Identify nonconforming product and support root cause investigation alongside engineering.
  • Apply GMP and GDP principles to production, test records, and documentation.
  • Train and mentor new technicians.
  • Collaborate with printer manufacturers to test and implement new software, materials, and capabilities.

 

Other Job Duties:

  • Interact with engineers, physicians, scientists, and researchers.
  • Improve/support existing processes.
  • Other tasks as assigned by management.

 

Essential Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in a technical field.
  • Must perform well individually and in cross-functional, highly dynamic development teams.
  • Must be able to work in fast paced organization, meet multiple deadlines, and succeed under pressure.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to write clear technical descriptions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proficient with solid modeling software. SolidWorks preferred.
  • Motivated, resourceful, ambitious, and attentive to detail.

 

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 careers@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.

 

Systems Administrator

Full-Time

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 as it grows and evolves, means you can help build and grow the organization’s IT infrastructure. This role enables you to put your thumbprint on designing IT solutions for the organization. You can delve into creative problem-solving to determine the best technology to suit the JI’s evolving needs. Additionally, you will have the chance to interact with and help both Mac and Windows based users to resolve problems and improve efficency, so they can continue to perform.

 

 

Why is this role important at the Jacobs Institute?

As a Systems Administrator at the Jacobs Institute you will create and maintain a seamless IT experience for our staff and guests—from hardware and software support, to managing networks and security; recommending new technology upgrades that will benefit the organization’s growth. You’ll provide technical assistance to end users, so Mac and Windows experience is key. You will answer questions and resolve technical problems for staff in person, via telephone, or remotely. You’ll provide assistance concerning support and instalation of computer hardware, software, printing, word processing, email, and operating systems. You will analyze, troubleshoot, test, and evaluate existing network segments and systems. You will monitor the network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance.  You may assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications and systems. You may also administer network security measures.

 

Once You Are Here You Might:

  • Oversee the daily performance of computer systems.
  • Apply quality and project management principles throughout information technology controls and processes.
  • Answer user inquiries regarding computer software or hardware operation to resolve problems.
  • Read technical manuals, confer with users, or conduct computer diagnostics to investigate and resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support.
  • Install and perform minor repairs to hardware, software, or peripheral equipment, following design or installation specifications.
  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations.
  • Analyze network data to determine network usage, disk space availability, or server function.
  • Install new hardware or software systems or components, ensuring integration with existing network systems.
  • Refer major hardware or software problems or defective products to vendors or technicians for service.
  • Configure security settings or access permissions for groups or individuals.
  • Document network support activities.
  • Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
  • Research new technologies by attending seminars, reading trade articles, or taking classes, and implement or recommend the implementation of new technologies.

 

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience.

  

Technical Skills:

  • Familiarity with ISO 13485 Quality Management System requirements preferred.
  • Mac and PC trouble-shooting and operating proficiency, Mac OS X procicency required.
  • Office 365 online experience.
  • Local area network (LAN).
  • Wide area network (WAN).
  • Network security.
  • Systems Analysis – Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation – Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

  

Application instructions:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and answer to the above question to careers@jacobsinstitute.org.