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 Buffalo’s medical and medical device professionals? Look no further than the Jacobs Institute.  Apply via LinkedIn to discover new opportunities as they arise.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

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 (Idea to Reality) Center prototyping space. You will get to work in an engaging culture creating inspiring, user-centered designs.


Why this role is important at the Jacobs Institute?

As a Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Jacobs Institute you will create product designs and testing systems that genuinely impact people’s lives. You’ll be part of strengthening the medical device innovation backbone at the Jacobs Institute by leading engineering projects across disciplines.

Once you are here you might:

  • Develop 3D printed anatomical models that simulate disease states for physician training and treatment planning.
  • Collaborate with industry to develop a next-generation product and state-of-the art validation test methods.
  • 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:

  • 3-5 years of experience working on endovascular 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 device-related materials and processes 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 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 . 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.