An opportunity is currently open for a Principal R&D Engineer / Research Project Manager within Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), to help lead the development and commercialisation of a novel medical device technology for cardiovascular applications. The position is funded by Enterprise Ireland through their Commercialisation Fund – Technology Development programme. This is a fixed term contract initially for 14 months, with possibility of extension for a further 12 months.
This project focuses on the treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which is a blood disorder resulting from the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) inside a deep vein of the leg which partially or completely blocks the flow of blood. In the most critical cases, part of the clot can break away and travel to the lungs, resulting in a Pulmonary Embolism which is the third leading cause of death in cardiovascular disease, behind heart attack and stroke. Data from the US indicates that up to 1,000,000 people each year suffer from DVT and Pulmonary Embolism, with an estimated 300,000 deaths annually related to these diseases 1.
Applicants will ideally have a Mechanical / Biomedical Engineering honours degree with a postgraduate qualification, and should have significant experience in the design and development of medical devices, from concept to prototyping to commercialisation. Experience in bench-testing and pre-clinical testing of medical devices along with project management experience would be particularly welcome. In addition, experience in solid modelling and finite element analysis along with an interest in the mechanical behaviour of materials will be an advantage.
The position will involve managing all technical aspects of the project ensuring that all deliverables and milestones are met. The applicant should have experience in the review / generation of intellectual property and should be capable of liaising with medical professionals and contribute to the development of a commercialisation strategy. In addition, the applicant should have experience working within the medical device regulatory environment. A keen desire to provide leadership in commercialising the technology is essential. Above all, the candidate should be a self-motivated person, with the ability to lead a research team, provide vision for innovation and capable of engineering a solution.
Salary Range: €55,333.00 – €78,243.00 per annum (commensurate with qualifications and experience)
Interested applicants are invited to make an expression of interest by submitting a cover letter, to include post ref. number, and CV with contact details for three referees.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.
Applications should be submitted online at http://ncbes.nuigalway.ie/vacancies.aspx?id=27
For informal discussion about this opportunity please contact: Dr. Mark Bruzzi,
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 6th August 2011.