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Senior Research and Development Engineer

Work mode:  Hybrid
Onsite Location(s): 

Sunnyvale, CA, US, 94085

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 Sr. Research and Development Engineer will be helping to advance the company’s minimally invasive low back pain technology, Intracept. This position is responsible for applied research, new product development, as well as working with manufacturing vendors and suppliers in alignment with the company’s strategic goals, objectives, resources and priorities.


Location: Sunnyvale, CA - Hybrid, Mon.-Wed. on site, Thurs & Fri. remote.


Your Responsibilities:


  • Lead and function as a contributing member of multidisciplinary project teams in the design, development, and manufacturing of energy based and non-energy based spinal products.
  • Conduct research and concept prototyping for new product development or existing product improvements.
  • Contribute inventions, new design or techniques to solve technical problems or improve existing products or processes.
  • Design complex 3D part models and assemblies for machining and injection molding. 
  • Plan, develop, and execute relevant bench-top, pre-clinical and cadaver studies as needed for regulatory, clinical and R&D requirements.
  • Interact with physicians and surgeons to understand the unmet needs, as well as outside vendors, consultants and academia.
  • Communicate ongoing research, product development, and testing to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Develop protocols, processes, procedures, work instructions, and equipment specifications, and all other requirements for current and new products.
  • Develop and execute processes in alignment with all regulatory and quality standards.
  • Collaborate with other engineers to analyze issues and identify, test, and implement the most effective solutions in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain control documentation including part models, assemblies, drawings, specifications, procedures, and work instructions.
  • Collaborate with cross functional team to develop and transfer new products into production by identifying assembly techniques, manufacturing processes, and design recommendations as appropriate.
  • Able to travel to vendors, labs, and customers as needed.


Required Qualifications:


  • 5+ years of experience in engineering product design.
  • 3+ years of experience in the medical device industry.
  • Requires successful track record of product development, product launch, and commercialization.
  • Experience in the field of spine or pain management to include understanding of degenerative disc disease, functional biomechanics, and bone mechanics desired.
  • BS or MS in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering


Additional Qualifications:


  • Strong understanding of design for injection molding.
  • Solid understanding of applicable testing requirements (biocompatibility, sterilization, shelf life, etc). 
  • Experience with RF ablation or electronics a plus. 
  • Proficient in SolidWorks.
  • Demonstrated understanding and wide application of basic principles, theories, concepts, techniques, and a working knowledge of engineering disciplines and product development processes.
  • Demonstrated capacity for solving problems through creative designs.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Capable of handling multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, as well as working both independently and within a team.  
  • Familiarity with various types of mechanisms, materials, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerance (GD&T), and drawing standards.
  • Solid understanding of manufacturing methods, assembly, tooling, and materials.


The anticipated annualized base salary range for this full-time position is $91,500-$173,800 (starting is up to $145,970, DOQ) plus annual bonus (subject to plan eligibility and other requirements) and the value of core and optional employee benefits being offered at BSC, which can be reviewed at At BSC, it is not typical for an individual to be hired near the bottom or top of the pay range. Boston Scientific considers various factors in determining actual compensation for this position at the expected location. Actual compensation will be commensurate with demonstrable level of experience and training, pertinent education including licensure and certifications, and other relevant business or organizational needs. Actual compensation may be otherwise adjusted if the position is filled outside of the intended geographic location.


Requisition ID: 579699

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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