Sr. R&D Engineer

  • Company: Jacobs Institute
  • Posted: 07/13/2022
  • Location: Buffalo, NY
  • Category: Engineering
  • Job Type: Direct Placement


As a Senior Research & Development Engineer at the Jacobs Institute you create product designs and experiences that genuinely impact people’s lives. You’ll be part of strengthening the medical device innovation backbone at the Jacobs Institute by leading product development projects across disciplines.

Once hired, you might:

  • Lead next-generation development of medical devices with full autonomy to innovate at will and fail often in order to succeed.
  • Help a physician, scientist, or researcher turn their nascent idea into something they can hold.
  • Explain a complex mechanical system to a client with no technical background.
  • Build a looks-like/works-like prototype to take to the field and get feedback from real users to incorporate into the final design.
  • Figure out how to build components, or a product, as quickly and inexpensively as possible within given manufacturing constraints.

Essential Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years of experience working on neurovascular or cardiovascular products that have gone to market.  At least 2 years of project management experience with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of mechanisms, materials, CAD modeling (SolidWorks preferred), and device development-related processes (i.e. design controls FDA/ISO)
  • Experience creating prototypes at varying levels of fidelity: from rough breadboards to fully functional models
  • Experience with vascular-related materials of construction such as PTFE, nitinol, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of human anatomical systems and common interventional procedures (neuro experience is a plus)
  • Bachelor’s degree required with relevant experience, MS or PhD Degree preferred.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@jacobsinstitute.org. Your portfolio should include at least 2 examples of work-related projects. In particular, we want to hear about the process involved in developing the design or project.  Bonus points if you include 2-3 projects you have worked on for fun.

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