Prin R-D Engineer

    • Medtronic
  • North Haven, CT
  • Posted 24 days ago | Updated 17 hours ago


On Site
Full Time


Research and Development
Verification and validation
3D modeling
Product development
Life sciences
Product research
Clinical trials
Test plans
Systems engineering
Design controls
Risk analysis
Test methods
Injection molding
Rapid prototyping
Product design
Six Sigma
Material handling
Management information systems
ISO 9000
Analytical skill
Product lifecycle management
Microsoft Excel
Lean methodology
Health care

Job Details

Principal R&D Engineer - Surgical Robotic Instruments

North Haven, CT

Careers that Change Lives - Come for a job, stay for a career:

You will be a key member of the Medtronic Engineering team responsible for developing Medtronic's Robotic Assisted Surgery platform, impacting patient outcomes.

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG) strives to enable earlier diagnosis, better treatment, faster complication-free recovery, and enhanced patient outcomes through less invasive surgical solutions. SURGICAL INNOVATIONS set the standard for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) by creating innovative surgical products and services.

A Day in the Life

The Principal R&D Engineer is a primary contributor within the Medtronic R&D engineering team to develop and support the next generation of Instrumentation for the minimally invasive surgical robotic platform.

This Principal Engineer is a technical leader and contributor in a fast-paced R&D environment, working within a team to deliver advanced technical expertise and solutions to complex engineering problems:

Designs, develops, analyzes, troubleshoots, and provides technical skills during research and/or product development.

Designs studies to investigate specific life science questions within field of expertise.

May be involved in product research and development and/or clinical trials.

Translates research discoveries into usable and marketable products.

You will:

Working on the Medtronic Campus in North Haven, CT, you are responsible for:

Working as part of an engineering team in the Design and Development of new Instrumentation for the Robotic Assisted Surgery (RAS) platform

Lead and Coordinate New Product concept generation addressing unmet customer needs within the portfolio using known or established technologies

Assist in defining strategy on how to integrate clinical evidence into R&D projects.

Primary contributor in the establishment of Engineering Verification and Reliability Test Plans.

Design and assemble basic prototypes for feedback and testing.

Design components, assemblies and systems of prototypes and products.

Develop manufacturing, technical, and organizational processes.

Develop and perform engineering tests, measurements, and analysis.

Troubleshoot technical problems, determine, and execute resolution plans.

Select, develop, and qualify component suppliers.

Creation of design and testing specifications

Establishing, execution, and reporting on product development deliverables taking concepts through development, verification, and validation and into commercialization.

Participating in clinical and preclinical assessments.

Liaison with systems engineering and System Verification and Validation group.

Creates documentation with design controls and risk analysis in accordance with established SOPs.

Incorporates required regulatory standards (FDA, ISO) in developmental engineering projects including written protocols, test methods, assembly processes and the Design History File.

Prepares and maintains research findings, summaries, logs, and notes and develop statistical results or research.

Prepares reports, presentations, and spreadsheets of an analytical and interpretative nature to solve complex problems.

Remains abreast of laboratory analytical applications to include changes/enhancements in research studies, laboratory technology, and research standards.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience
  • Significant experience in the design and development of complex, dynamic electromechanical mechanisms and assemblies for production
  • Solid knowledge and experience with 3D CAD software (CREO preferred)
  • Expertise in designing for manufacturability & assembly, creating engineering drawings for production, applying geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, selecting materials and performing tolerance stack analyses
  • Strong communication skills to effectively work with a variety of stakeholders
  • Be a team player who works well with others to achieve project goals and can proactively, and independently drive projects forward

Nice to Have

  • Proficiency with Creo Parametric 3D Modeling Software and Windchill PLM
  • Experience with Simulink and MatLab
  • Prior experience with pulley mechanisms, drive cables, gears, motors, sensor and complex electromechanical assemblies.
  • Experience with Mechatronics.
  • Understanding of common manufacturing processes (i.e. Injection Molding, Metal Forming, Machining, Heat Treating etc)
  • Working knowledge of rapid prototyping, material selection, and product design and process specifications
  • Ability to compile and organize technical data using Excel, Word, or Access.
  • Trained/Certified in Lean and/or 6 Sigma
  • Working knowledge of DFMEA and PFMEA
  • Working knowledge of material handling principles

Working Conditions

Standard office setting, surgical lab, operating room, pilot lab, external research organizations, supplier visits, limited travel as required.

Based in North Haven, CT, USA

A commitment to our employees lives at the core of our values. We recognize their contributions. They share in the success they help to create. We offer a wide range of benefits, resources, and competitive compensation plans designed to support you at every career and life stage. Learn more about our benefits here

This position is eligible for a short-term incentive plan. Learn more about Medtronic Incentive Plan (MIP) on page 6 here

The provided base salary range is used nationally (except in certain CA locations). The rate offered is compliant with federal/local regulations and may vary by experience, certification/education, market conditions, location, etc.

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let's work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients' lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)