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Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Marlborough, MA, US, 01752

Company: Boston Scientific


Purpose and Passion • Comprehensive Benefits • Life-Work Integration • Community • Career Growth

At Boston Scientific, you will find a collaborative culture driven by a passion for innovation that keeps us connected on the most essential level. With determination, imagination and a deep caring for human life, we’re solving some of the most important healthcare industry challenges. Together, we’re one global team committed to making a difference in people’s lives around the world. This is a place where you can find a career with meaningful purpose—improving lives through your life’s work.


Our mission in the Urology & Pelvic Health division of Boston Scientific is to be the partner of choice for innovative medical solutions that improve the quality of patients’ lives in urology and pelvic health. Every 21 seconds, a patient is treated with a Boston Scientific urology product. Join the cause!


Our Research and Development team is all about building the future of the operating room for urologists. As the industry leader in surgical kidney stone treatment, we are on a mission to empower surgeons to treat more cases, more efficiently, with better outcomes – to help patients in need get back to their daily lives.  Our team is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Principal R&D Engineer to serve as a Technical Lead for a single use product within the Visualization Franchise; a rapidly growing franchise actively building on the global success of the LithoVue™Single-Use Digital Flexible Ureteroscope.


The Principal Engineer will bring strong, proven technical and leadership skillsets and apply these to one or more key products in development.  They will be responsible for leading all aspects of product development including technical planning, translating user needs into product specifications, design inputs, product design, feasibility studies, verification and validation of the product.  The candidate will work closely with other functions such as product management, project management, process development and quality in order to design a product that fulfills customer, manufacturing, service, market and regulatory requirements.

In addition to project execution responsibilities, the candidate will have opportunities to shape the franchise strategy for next-generation imaging products. This will include engagement in Voice of Customer activities, prototyping, feasibility studies and performing necessary tradeoffs (performance, reliability, cost, schedule, manufacturability, etc.) of various design concepts.


Your responsibilities include:

  • Leading a multi-disciplinary design team for Visualization SUDs (single use devices) to the successful, on-time completion of project goals & product commercialization
  • Ensuring product designs are cost effective, designed for manufacturability, and exhibit a high degree of quality and reliability via best in class verification test plans.
  • Creating and sustaining highly effective partnerships with project management, quality, process development and other cross-functional partners to develop and maintain project strategy, schedules and manage risk
  • Driving close collaboration with cross-functional members to characterize performance, demonstrate safety, efficacy and compliance with relevant requirements and standards and support regulatory filings
  • Guiding the team through the completion of product development activities and associate deliverables such as: Design History File compilation, translation / creation and documenting of requirements, ideation / prototyping, technical risk mitigation, verification testing and reports, design validation studies, risk management documentation, design reviews and to support the compilation of documentation to enable regulatory submissions.
  • Solving complex technical problems using theoretical analysis, experimentation and problem-solving methodologies to make data-based design decisions
  • Interfacing with physicians and medical staff to identify needs and to obtain feedback on concepts and performance of new devices and to translate customer needs into product concepts
  • Providing technical mentorship and coaching to junior engineers to assist with their development and building of the talent pipeline


Minimum Qualifications

  • 8+ years in product development roles leading technical teams to the successful commercialization of new products
  • Degree in Engineering.  Bachelors required; Masters preferred
  • Working knowledge of Design Control and/or development of products in a regulated medical device industry
  • Skilled problem solver, proficient in problem solving methodologies (i.e. Six Sigma, DOE, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and documentation skills are required.
  • Takes initiative and acts quickly to drive solutions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of medical technologies including devices, diagnostics, and imaging systems that integrate hardware, firmware and software 
  • Experience tracking technology developments for detection and sensor technologies, particularly with respect to imaging sensors, and creating development strategies 
  • Experience navigating tradeoffs between illumination, collection optics and image corrections software to optimize the design of imaging systems 
  • Working knowledge of mechanical design principles including adhesives, materials and sterilization requirements
  • Proficient at performing design analysis, such as tolerance stack-ups, strength of materials, risk analysis, and statistical evaluations.
  • Experience with common manufacturing methodologies, technologies, and materials, such as; injection molded part design, common materials employed in medical devices, and other manufacturing processes
  • Ability to effectively work within a requirements management system, such as Doors, Cognition Cockpit
  • Knowledge in utilizing engineering simulation software such as Ansys for FEA and CFD
  • Knowledge of CAD software and ASME Y14.5 GD&T
  • Track record of strong cross-functional collaboration, influence without authority, and project management enabling highly effective project teams
  • Understanding of IEC60601 requirements/constraints for mechanical system design is preferred



About us

As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, our mission at Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX) is to transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients. If you’re looking to truly make a difference to people both around the world and around the corner, there’s no better place to make it happen.


Boston Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, National Origin, Disability, Veteran


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.


Requisition ID: 473330


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