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Senior R&D Engineer

Req ID:  2798


Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

The Sr. R&D Engineer is responsible for assisting and/or leading the development of medical devices employed in various types of endoscopic procedures.  The primary responsibilities of this role include supporting all phases of device development, in particular the identification and evaluation of design options, the definition of product / performance specifications, and design verification and validation activities.  Within a collaborative team environment, it will be expected that he or she will be a proactive communicator, collaborate well with others, manage their work efficiently, produce high quality work and consistently seek additional knowledge and skills.  Creation of technical data, data analysis, and subsequent reporting will be an important aspect of this role, as well as helping to generate all documents / deliverables that will comprise the Design History File; therefore a working knowledge of Design Controls, testing, and design for manufacturability are required.


May provide leadership and direction to Engineering Technicians. 

Job Duties

* Provides technical leadership, and/or significant contributions, to Exploratory, Discovery, Fundamental Technology TRP and TDP technology development efforts.


* Contributes to all aspects of concept, technology and product development activities, such as; requirements creation/documentation, ideation / prototyping, design / development documentation, technical risk mitigation, risk management documentation, design reviews, and supports the compilation of documents to enable regulatory submissions.


* Develops engineering solutions, investigates competing technologies, and collaborates with Olympus Patent Attorneys to secure a strong IP portfolio as needed.


* Supports or leads efforts to evaluate and identify design solutions which will meet product/performance requirements, cost targets, and manufacturability requirements.


* Employs statistical techniques to establish exceptional product quality, reliability, and robustness.


* Supports in ensuring product and performance specifications are appropriate and accurate.


* Supports internal and external suppliers and manufacturers as needed.  Including external design and/or development partners.


* Conducts testing and collects necessary data.


* Supports marketing to define early product opportunity ideas and specify new product user requirements, design input for medical devices.


* Act as a consultant, as needed.


* Supports engineering leadership as required.


* All additional duties as directed.

Job Requirements



 Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, science, or equivalent in years of industry experience required.


* Minimum of 5 years of related experience, or 4+ years with Master's degree, or 0-2 years with PhD.




Must be able to solve complicated technical challenges with creative solutions and use good judgement in making timely decisions. 


* Experience in Medical Device development and/or sustaining engineering efforts utilizing a stage-gate process. Experience in hand held electro-mechanical devices is preferred.


* Working knowledge of, and experience in applying, FDA Design Controls and international standards (e.g., Design Controls, 820-CFR, ISO14971, ISO10993, IEC60601, GMP, etc.). 


* Capable of developing many of the deliverables required to document the product design with appropriate specificity to enable high volume manufacturing with high quality.


* Proficient in Microsoft Windows Office applications including MS Outlook, MS Powerpoint, MS Project, Visio, etc..


* Strong communication / presentation skills are necessary to provide findings at an appropriate level to team members and senior management.


* Solidworks working knowledge. Proficient in the creation and critical review of engineering drawings preferred.


* Knowledge of common manufacturing methodologies, technologies, and materials employed in medical devices.


* Experience in the practical application of statistics and working knowledge of a statistical analysis package (Minitab).


* Must be able to collaborate effectively with others, works well within cross-functional teams and across multiple sites, as applicable.


* Must be capable to effectively executing on multiple work streams in parallel.


* Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.  Comfortable presenting information to team members and stakeholders.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus’ Medical business uses innovative capabilities in medical technology, therapeutic intervention, and precision manufacturing to help healthcare professionals deliver diagnostic, therapeutic, and minimally invasive procedures to improve clinical outcomes, reduce overall costs, and enhance the quality of life for patients. Olympus’ Medical portfolio includes endoscopes, laparoscopes, and video imaging systems, as well as surgical energy devices, system integration solutions, medical services, and a wide range of endotherapy instruments for endoscopic and therapeutic applications. For more information, visit

Olympus…True To You. True To Society. True To LIFE.


It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Westborough || 

Nearest Major Market: Worcester

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