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Principal R&D Engineer

Work mode:  Onsite
Onsite Location(s): 

Austin, TX, US

Additional Location(s):  N/A

Diversity - Innovation - Caring - Global Collaboration - Winning Spirit - High Performance

At Boston Scientific, we’ll give you the opportunity to harness all that’s within you by working in teams of diverse and high-performing employees, tackling some of the most important health industry challenges. With access to the latest tools, information and training, we’ll help you in advancing your skills and career. Here, you’ll be supported in progressing – whatever your ambitions.


About the role:

The R&D Principal Engineer will lead ideative new product development of innovative, minimally invasive endoscopic medical devices by researching and developing early-stage new technology, products, materials, processes, or equipment with minimal supervision.  Independently, or as a member or leader of a team, develops, prototypes, and iterates concepts and assists leadership team for establishing foundation for product development.


This is an onsite position based in our Austin, Texas office located at 4221 Freidrich Ln, Austin, TX 78744.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Key member of cross-functional agile team for exploratory and early-stage technology development to ensure project approval and success.
  • Consistently generate innovative and unique solutions to market needs, including rapid development of prototypes for internal and external evaluations
  • Become subject matter expert in minimally invasive technologies applicable to therapeutic endoscopy.
  • Drive innovation and secure intellectual property.
  • Coordinate with commercial team to compile user requirements from physicians and the medical community and translate these requirements into technical product requirements.
  • Attend medical procedures, engage with key opinion leaders, and attend conferences to identify unmet clinical needs and to assess technology landscape.
  • Design of components and complex mechanical assemblies, including detailed drawings, for products, tooling, and fixtures.
  • Develop and support design characterization activities, test method development, and verification and validation activities. 
  • Work with and mentor engineers and technicians, in early-stage development and creation of working prototypes, specifications, and documentation to support project timelines.
  • Complete tasks in an efficient manner consistent with quality and corporate objectives; independently determine day-to-day tasks.
  • As required, lead or support driving to resolution technical issues or challenges that arise in later stage development and/or R&D sustaining activities.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, or related field.
  • 7+ years of relevant industry experience (medical device preferred).
  • Self-motivated with strong history of solving technical problems of varying complexity with conventional and novel technological solutions in a dynamic environment.
  • Expertise in rapid prototyping and manufacturing processes (e.g. metal injection molding, additive manufacturing, plastic injection molding, machining, extruding, laser cutting).
  • Strong design skills and mechanical engineering, or similar, skillset.
  • Knowledge of DFMA (design for manufacturing and assembly) principles.
  • CAD modeling and Drafting experience.
  • Passion for learning about the relevant anatomy, disease states and therapies, understanding clinical use scenarios, and solving problems for end users.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to lead and collaborate with team members.
  • Ability to travel intermittently to meet the needs of the business.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in engineering or science
  • Strong working knowledge of 3D CAD software like SolidWorks or Creo.
  • Knowledge of statistics and six sigma design principles and tools
  • Finite Element Analysis experience.
  • Design Control experience, including verification and validation.
  • Demonstrated technical writing proficiency (e.g. protocols, reports, test methods, characterization plans)


Requisition ID: 582851

Among other requirements, Boston Scientific maintains specific prohibited substance testing requirements for safety-sensitive positions.  This role is deemed safety-sensitive and, as such, candidates will be subject to a drug test as a pre-employment requirement.  The goal of the drug testing is to increase workplace safety in compliance with the applicable law.  

As a leader in medical science for more than 40 years, we are committed to solving the challenges that matter most – united by a deep caring for human life. Our mission to advance science for life is about transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve patient lives, create value for our customers, and support our employees and the communities in which we operate. Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to apply those values to everything we do – as a global business and as a global corporate citizen.


So, choosing a career with Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) isn’t just business, it’s personal. And if you’re a natural problem-solver with the imagination, determination, and spirit to make a meaningful difference to people worldwide, we encourage you to apply and look forward to connecting with you!


At Boston Scientific, we recognize that nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace helps us be more innovative and it is important in our work of advancing science for life and improving patient health. That is why we stand for inclusion, equality, and opportunity for all. By embracing the richness of our unique backgrounds and perspectives, we create a better, more rewarding place for our employees to work and reflect the patients, customers, and communities we serve. Boston Scientific is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.


Boston Scientific maintains a prohibited substance free workplace. Pursuant to Va. Code § 2.2-4312 (2000), Boston Scientific is providing notification that the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or marijuana is prohibited in the workplace and that violations will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.


Please be advised that certain US based positions, including without limitation field sales and service positions that call on hospitals and/or health care centers, require acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.  Candidates will be notified during the interview and selection process if the role(s) for which they have applied require proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.  Boston Scientific continues to evaluate its policies and protocols regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and will comply with all applicable state and federal law and healthcare credentialing requirements.   As employees of the Company, you will be expected to meet the ongoing requirements for your roles, including any new requirements, should the Company’s policies or protocols change with regard to COVID-19 vaccination.

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