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Principal R&D Engineer

Boston Scientific's hybrid workplace includes remote and onsite roles. By applying to this position, you will have the opportunity to discuss your preferred working location with your Talent Acquisition Specialist.

Remote Eligible:  Onsite
Onsite Location(s): 

Maple Grove, MN, US, 55311

Additional Location(s): US-MN-Arden Hills; US-MN-Minneapolis; US-MN-Minnetonka; US-MN-Plymouth

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: 
Boston Scientific is seeking a highly motivated Principal Research & Development Engineer. The successful candidate will participate in the design and development of next generation medical devices. The R&D role will utilize a variety of new and proven technologies to deliver life-changing medical devices to patients and clinicians in support of BSC’s mission. 

This candidate will work with a team to develop new implant and delivery system products for WATCHMAN, our left atrial appendage occlusion franchise. These investments in new technology will drive a robust pipeline for left atrial appendage occlusion that will keep BSC in a market leadership position.
Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Creating a strong team culture around high expectations and high performance
  • Facilitating crisp decision making around key technical issues
  • Leading technology integration and knowledge transfer within domain of responsibility
  • Providing clear communication to stakeholders at key technical updates
  • Leading the design & execution of structured experimental plans to drive data-based decisions.
  • Understanding the anatomy, clinical use cases and user interface requirements to drive design decisions.
  • Leveraging internal/external partners as necessary to achieve project objectives
  • Support and successfully contribute to project teams through the following activities: product design and development, test of materials, preparation of specifications, process capability studies, research investigations (animal and clinical studies), report preparation, and process/test documentation.
  • Interfacing with Physicians/Cath Lab personnel to obtain feedback on concepts and performance of new devices.
  • Providing work direction to technicians/entry-level engineers
  • Actively collaborating with process development, quality, manufacturing, regulatory, clinical, and marketing on complex projects to ensure project success.

Minimum qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar
  • Required minimum years of work experience (primarily in medical device or related field): 7+ Years with BS, 5+ Years with MS
  • Experience in design simulation tools and analysis techniques
  • Experience managing technical aspects of projects as a member of a large cross-functional core team 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership on a large-scale development program 
  • Solid clinical knowledge and experience in cardiovascular anatomy.
  • Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on technical inputs from multiple and varied sources.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated product development leadership and communication skills
  • Experienced with multi-faceted technology and product development programs 
  • Ability to research literature and develop clinical understanding with technical credibility to develop a strategy for regulatory submission
  • Class II or Class III Medical Device product development experience
  • Solid experimental design and statistical analysis knowledge
  • Prior material selection experience for implantable cardiac devices


Requisition ID: 535379


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 drug-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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