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Principal Systems Engineer
Boston, MA

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Job Description

Careers that Change Lives:

You will join a team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers responsible for developing Medtronic's Robotic Assisted Surgery platform through commercial launch and production scale-up.

Impact patient outcomes. Come for a job, stay for a career:

The Minimally Invasive Therapies Group 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 that focus on obesity and diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, lung, abdominal wall, pelvic region, and the head and neck.

A day in the life:

The Principal Systems Engineer will serve as the functional system architect working in the R&D engineering team that is developing Medtronic's next generation minimally invasive surgery platform.

This Systems Engineer will contribute advanced technical systems-level expertise while collaborating with other members of the system architecture team, subsystem engineers, system test engineers and usability, human factors and clinical engineers, to devise solutions to complex engineering problems.

This Engineer will work with various subsystem function leads and project engineers in creating and refining system-level requirements, functional decompositions, and system architecture as well as regulatory compliance documentation for a system implementing advanced controls and safety functions. S/he may also collaborate with the various engineering disciplines to capture mechanical and electrical hardware designs, firmware designs, project schedules, test plans, and other project documentation through successful product launch.

You will:

* Reporting to the Director of System Architecture, you will create system level documentation including: Defining software behavior from user workflows, allocating performance budgets between subsystems, and defining interfaces and capturing system functional breakdown.
* Analyze system performance, evaluate options, and define system scope. Work with other Systems Engineers to define performance requirements and assist with making time, effort, and reliability trade-offs..
* Assist in developing an architecture that insures functional safety of a complex medical device.
* Participate in design reviews for multiple subsystems and contribute to technical decisions that result in a robust, safe, maintainable, serviceable and cost-effective system.
* Collaborate with lead engineers to define subsystem requirements and acceptance criteria. Work with Integration & Test team to develop Verification & Validation protocols and assess results.

Must haves: Minimum requirements:

A Bachelor's Degree and 10 years of relevant experience.

Nice to haves:

* A minimum of Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Computer Science, or equivalent.
* Minimum of 10 years of experience as a contributing member of engineering projects
* Experience with risk management process e.g. FMEA
* Advanced knowledge of system-level hardware and software design & development, requirements definition, analysis, and risk mitigation
* Proven track record contributing to products of high complexity
* Demonstrated skills in managing priorities
* Experience working with multiple teams on concurrent, interdependent projects
* Experience with relevant technologies including:
* Mechatronics
* Mechanical engineering (particularly high-accuracy motor-controlled mechanisms)
* Electrical engineering (particularly networked / embedded computing elements)
* Sensors and actuators
* Solid understanding of structured product development (requirements-driven engineering, documentation, rigorous verification, etc.)
* Redundant and safety-critical systems
* ISO 60601, 62304, 14971. Well-versed in medical product R&D and clinical/regulatory process
* Fluency in English required

Working Conditions:

* Standard office setting, clean room, surgical lab, operating room, pilot lab, external research organizations, supplier visits, travel as required
* Based in Boston, MA
* International traveling may be required

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 above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position, but they are not an exhaustive list of all the required responsibilities and skills of this position.

The physical demands described within the Day in the Life 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.


It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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