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R&D Materials Science Engineer III - Analytical Laboratory

Work mode:  Onsite
Onsite Location(s): 

Maple Grove, MN, US, 55311

Additional Location(s):  N/A

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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: 
Are you skilled at revealing material characteristics that help explain physical and mechanical behavior? We have an exciting opportunity for an R&D Materials Science Engineer III working in a materials testing and characterization lab. This role will operate under moderate supervision conducting materials characterizations in support of medical device product development projects and commercial product sustaining projects (e.g., failure analysis and process troubleshooting). Medical device products primarily supported include: interventional cardiology and peripheral intervention, minimally invasive vascular access, diagnostic, and implantable devices. Service is also provided to other global Boston Scientific medical device franchises and product teams. This role involves conducting hands-on experimentation with light microscopy, metallography, mechanical (tensile) testing, microhardness testing, corrosion resistance analysis, and SEM/EDS (scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy) instruments in service to internal company engineering teams.


Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Research, design, and execute analytical engineering approaches and test plans for materials, components, sub-assemblies, processes and/or product. The situations and technology may sometimes be complex and dynamic.
  • Conduct hands-on testing, guide support personnel, and coordinate other analytical activities that contribute to the overall engineering evaluation.
  • Adhere to department, site, and global SOPs when conducting work tasks.
  • May write and submit intellectual property (patents).
  • Maintain detailed, clear, and compliant documentation throughout all phases of the engineering evaluation workflow.
  • Responsible for laboratory engineering documentation such as equipment operation, maintenance, and calibration procedures, test methods, procedures, and FDA cGMP-compliant experimentation records and reports.
  • Perform or guide equipment qualifications and test method validations.
  • Execute NCEP and CAPA procedures and documentation for laboratory non-compliance events.
  • Perform technical peer review of documentation from lab team members.
  • Determine appropriate action by brainstorming and considering possible engineering approaches and tools and their impact to the lab client problem, product or process using academic knowledge, information resources, accumulated experiential learning, judgment, and precedents.
  • Receives a moderate level of guidance and direction from lab management, lab subject matter experts, team members, and lab clients.


Required qualifications:

  • BS in Materials Science and Engineering with emphasis on metal and/or polymer materials analysis
  • Required minimum years of industry work experience: 4 years with BS, 3 years with MS, 1 year with PhD degree.
  • Analytical lab work experience: at least 1 year of work experience in industry setting.
  • Experience with more than one of the following analytical techniques: SEM/EDS, light microscopy and digital image analysis, mechanical testing, metallography, microhardness, corrosion resistance testing
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent technical writing and engineering documentation skills.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Medical device analytical lab experience including microstructure characterization and mechanical testing of stainless steel, nickel alloys, cobalt alloys, NiTi, polymers, and ceramics.
  • Proficient at hands-on execution of light microscopy and digital image analysis, SEM/EDS, mechanical testing, metallography, microhardness testing, and corrosion resistance analysis for the purpose of conducting failure analysis, microstructural analysis, and engineering interpretation of results toward explaining material behavior and product performance.
  • Working experience in performing analyses and preparing documentation in compliance with company policies and procedures that align with FDA cGMP guidance.


Requisition ID: 583893

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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