Senior R&D Engineer
AVD-Vascular - Santa Clara, CA

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Primary Job Function

Responsible for providing mechanical engineering support in the creation and the development of new medical device products (invasive and non-invasive).

Core Job Responsibilities

Responsible for compliance with applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures.

1. Researches, develops, designs, and evaluates mechanical and electro-mechanical materials, components, assemblies, processes and/or equipment.

2. Conducts feasibility studies to verify capability and functionality.

3. Develops new concepts from initial design to market release.

4. Directs support personnel and coordinates project activities.

5. Write and submit intellectual property (patents).

6. Maintains detailed documentation throughout all phases of research and development.

7. Investigates and evaluates existing technologies.

8. Reviews or coordinates vendor activities to support development.

Position Accountability / Scope

Indicate the reporting relationships, products, budgets, throughput, level and purpose of contacts (internal and external), or other scope measures that are key to this position.

(Influence/Leadership) Establishes and cultivates an extensive network of support to facilitate completion of assignments. Participates in the development of less experienced staff by setting an example, providing guidance and work direction, and offering counsel. May lead a project team. Participates in determining goals and objectives for projects. Influences middle management on technical or business solutions. May interact with vendors. Plans and organizes non-routine tasks w/approval. Initiates or maintains work schedule. Establishes priorities of work assignments. Exercises judgment in selecting innovative, practical methods to achieve problem resolution. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious program delays and considerable expenditure of resources.


Minimum Education

Bachelor's degree plus 6+ years of related work experience with a strong understanding of specified functional area, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

Minimum Experience / Training Required

Wide application of technical principles, practices, and procedures. Strong understanding of business unit function and cross group dependencies/relationships. Will perform this job in a quality system environment.

Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations. Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors.

Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Has a sound knowledge of various technical alternatives and their impact.

Expertise with polymer fatigue behavior is strongly preferred.

Significant Work Activities and Conditions

Continuous sitting for prolonged periods ( more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

Job Classification






Primary Location


USA-California-Santa Clara












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