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Senior R&D Engineer

  • Sector: Engineering
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  • Job Ref: 21147

Our client a major multinational here in Galway are seeking applications from a suitably qualified and experienced Senior R&D Engineer to join them on an initial 12 month contract.

The Role:

You will provide technical direction and system level understanding and expertise regarding design, development and sustaining of transcatheter heart valve devices. You will provide technical guidance to a dynamic interdisciplinary team of engineers from project concept, through product development and post commercialisation.



  • Lead engineering design, development and support of next generation and current generation transcatheter heart valve products
  • Proficient in the application of design tools, process factors and performance outputs required to drive heart valve concepts
  • Apply Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering knowledge to the design, development and assessment of prosthetic heart valves
  • Create/develop technical capabilities and expertise related to the design and testing of heart valve Technology
  • Develop hydrodynamic and fatigue test methods and characterisation techniques to evaluate performance of valve prototypes
  • Perform necessary tasks to successfully translate designs from proof of concept through commercialization including:
    • Ensure review of existing research, device concepts and data.
    • Generate valve design concepts, build and evaluate prototypes.
    • In conjunction with product planning / marketing, collaborate with leading physicians and experts for the purpose of identifying and clarifying customer needs, plans, goals, and progress.
    • Prepare trade-off studies and implement alternative approaches to mitigate schedule delays and identify areas that require additional investigation.
    • Solve problems at the component through system level
    • Conduct tests utilizing existing test protocols, or develop new ones as needed and generate related written reports
    • Performs data analysis (statistical and practical) and develops appropriate action plans based upon such analysis.
    • Participate in the specification and direct completion of specific verification/validation testing and analyses required that satisfy both regulatory and internal  requirements.
    • Document concepts, designs and design modifications in accordance with internal policies, industry standards and FDA requirements.
  • Coordinate with outside consultants and clinicians to ensure testing and analyses required to fully qualify and verify device designs are appropriately representative of expected use conditions.
  • Key part of both initial scope development and final design verification
  • Work closely with team members and internal partners in Regulatory, Quality, Manufacturing, Marketing and other departments to deliver project objectives
  •  Support operations improvement activities.
  • Review associated justifications and links to clinical performance.
  • Provide clear and regular technical direction to personnel assigned to a project
  • Maintain technical knowledge current with advancing technology related to cardiac valve prostheses
  • and associated technologies in addition to knowledge of competitive technologies
  • Identify, evaluate, manage, and provide guidance to suppliers, including establishing tolerances and
  • defining acceptance criteria for suppliers related to materials, manufacturing processes and design
  • Support manufacturing and quality groups for improvements to existing products in the areas of
  • quality enhancement, product cost and product performance.
  • Prepare or direct the preparation of oral and written reports of current status, progress and status of
  • total project, as required by the customer, project or department Management.


  • Level 8 Bachelors Engineering Degree (240 credits) or related discipline, with 6+ years industrial experience in heart valve design or delivery system development advantageous.
  • Position requires relevant mechanical/biomedical engineering experience, exposure to design of experiments, specification development, and prototyping.
  • Technical Project lead experience
  • Strong ability to interact and collaborate with a diverse range of colleagues including manufacturing, new product development, preclinical and clinical staff.
  • Experience in the design and development of valve prostheses and associated processes are desired
  • Experience with medical device testing of vascular prostheses and/or catheter delivery systems a plus
  • Understanding and extensive application of technical principles, theories, and design concepts in implantable products
  • Good understanding of the Human Anatomy and cardiovascular physiology is strongly desired
  • In depth understanding of fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) particle image velocimetry is strongly desired
  • Broad, working knowledge of manufacturing process for medical devices, design control and Quality Systems.

For more information or a confidential discussion about this role please contact Michelle McInerney

091 706 717