- This position is based in Southern California and will require relocation if not a local candidate.
Working in collaboration with Marketing R & D, and R & T the primary function of the Product Development Audiologist is to participate in the specification, development, and clinical evaluation of new and revised products. This work will include evaluation and trouble-shooting of pre-market hardware and software and to help in the transition of these products to commercial use. The Product Development Audiologist is responsible for evaluating new products and product modifications to ensure proper function and to provide feedback to the organization regarding product suitability and ease-of-use from the clinician and recipient perspective. In addition, the Product Development Audiologist is responsible for soliciting customer feedback on early concepts and designs, contributing to market research, and developing documents to support labeling and use of product in the field (such as IFU's, manuals, etc.).
If collection of patient data at external centers is required in support of the Regulatory approval process, the Product Development Audiologist is responsible for assisting Clinical Research in ensuring thorough product evaluation at external clinical centers. The Product Development Audiologist is responsible for assisting Education and Training in the development and evaluation of training tools and in actual training for the field organization, as requested.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Participate in the in-house recipient testing program to determine product feasibility, safety, and efficacy.
Solicit customer feedback on early concepts and designs.
Contribute to the creation of new product IFU's, manuals, etc.
Participate in data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation for the in-house studies, and disseminate reports to relevant groups within the organization.
Participate in the development of assessment protocols for recipient studies and in determining the most appropriate behavioral and objective test measures for validation of product function.
Assist with external product evaluation and field trials, by collaborating with relevant departments to develop evaluation protocols and to provide technical and/or clinical assistance as needed.
Provide ideas and suggestions on product design (including those given by field staff, clinical audiologists, or implant users) to Marketing and relevant R&D engineering groups.
Assist in the preparation of presentations for scientific meetings and of publications of relevant findings from the in-house testing program.
Attend scientific conferences relevant to the Company's interests and products
SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
Knowledge of cochlear implant systems and device fitting, including psychophysical procedures and speech processing strategies.
Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment.
Ability to interact with recipients on a regular basis.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Computer skills with basic Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
Familiarity with experimental study design and protocol development.
EDUCATION and TRAINING
M.S., Aud.D., or Ph.D. in Audiology, Hearing and/or Communication Sciences.
R&D, R & T, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Auditory Technical Services, Education and Training, Clinical Engineering, Clinical Research, Marketing, Customer Service, BEA, Sales Teams and AB AG.
Cochlear implant recipients, candidates, audiologists, surgeons, educators, investigators and researchers at scientific and academic institutions.
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