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Principal Research & Development Engineer

Principal Research & Development Engineer


North Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Apr 09, 2021

**Careers that Change Lives**

**PrincipalResearch Development Engineer**


Design and deliver the medical device and supplies breakthroughs that make a difference in the lives of millions of patients.

**Does this work inspire you?**

Medtronics Surgical Solutions RD team is seeking a PrincipalRD Engineer to be responsible for supporting the design and development of products for the Surgical Supplies RD organization from concept to commercialization. The ideal candidate has a strong background in the development of surgical products/devices. This person will be expected to generate solutions that are imaginative, thorough, practical, and consistent with organizational objectives.

**What is the work you will be doing?**

Work with a multidisciplinary team to design and develop innovative healthcare solutions from concept through commercialization.

Be creative and apply solid mechanical engineering design skills while following design controls to develop new medical devices.

Develop and maintain CAD models, assemblies, and Bill of Materials utilizing Creo and Windchill.

Creating detailed component and assembly drawings utilizing GDT.

Work with outside suppliers on material selection and specifications for components, subassemblies, and finished assemblies.

Adhere to MBD DRM objectives

Performing analytical modeling / analysis in support of meeting design requirements.

Creates and evaluates prototypes to generate concept and model approvals.

Interacts with contract services (design and manufacturing), materials suppliers, participates in DFM and DFA processes to access component and assembly manufacturability.

Participating in FMEAs (Design Process), Usability Analyses, and follows up on generated recommendations.

Participate and support pre-clinical labs, observe cases in hospitals and interact with customers.

Exercises considerable latitude in determining deliverables of assignments, with limited oversight from manager.

Coaches, reviews, and delegates work to lower level engineers.

Presenting information and communicate effectively with the cross functional core team.

Generating and documenting intellectual property while working with the Legal Department.

Researching and integrating new technologies and processes.

Adhering to all Medtronic safety policies and procedures.

**A Day in the Life**

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

+ Designs, develops, analyzes, troubleshoots and provides technical skills during research and/or product development.

+ Designs studies to investigate specific life science questions within field of expertise.

+ May be involved in product research and development and/or clinical trials.

+ Translates research discoveries into usable and marketable products.

**Must Have: Minimum Requirements**

+ Bachelors degree required

+ Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience

**Nice to Have**


Proficiency with 3D CAD software (Creo preferred). Ability to create parts and assemblies utilizing best practices.

Thorough understanding and application of drafting practices, GDT, ASME drawing standards.

Experienced in performing Tolerance Stack Analyses (Excel, CeTol 6, Monte Carlo simulations).

Knowledge of component measurement, testing and statistical analysis including statistical software (Minitab preferred).

Advanced knowledge of mechanical analysis utilizing hand calculations and FEA software (CREO Simulate and Mechanism, or ANSYS preferred).

Ability to design and build breadboards and working prototype models of devices using rapid prototyping resources (3D printing, SLA, CNC machining, and injection molding).

Solid understanding of DFM and DFA principles to create robust components and assemblies.

Well versed in component manufacturing processes (Plastic injection molding, Extrusion, Metal injection molding, Sheet metal stamping, Machining, Powdered metal)

Excellent communication skills both oral and written.

Ability to work independently or effectively collaborate with others as part of a team.

Discipline to adhere to schedules and tasks based on instructions/guidance from engineering leadership.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Power Point, and Excel

Basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

Experience with pre-clinical animal models

Experience working with electromechanical assemblies

Familiarity with PC Boards, DC motors, Flex Circuits, and electromechanical switches

Experience with Six Sigma (DFSS) or DRM

**About Medtronic**

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Lets work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Principal Research & Development Engineer

Full time
North Haven, CT 06473

Published on 04/10/2021

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