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R&D Engineer

Galway, Ireland


Shape the Face of Cancer Treatment at Luminate Medical

Luminate Medical is on a mission to change the way we experience cancer care. We design and build products that eliminate the side effects of cancer treatment in a comfortable, portable and effective way. We’re currently building our flagship product Lily, a wearable medical device to prevent the hair loss caused by chemotherapy, and Lilac, our next-in-portfolio product to prevent peripheral nerve damage in chemotherapy patients.


We’re looking for an R&D Engineer to become the next key player in our R&D team. You will be a core contributor to our fast-moving and growing product design and engineering team. You will be a part of the team leading the usability and aesthetic design of consumer-facing medical devices for cancer patients and providing mechanical design input across the entire design cycle from early-stage innovation to market translation.


This position requires a driven personality who wants to grow and become the R&D team subject expert on design. The ideal candidate will be empathetic to user needs and articulate in expressing mechanical solutions. Above all, you will need a passion to finding creative and patient-focused solutions to complex mechanical challenges, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and thrive in taking responsibility for ensuring innovations are translated from concepts into real world products.

Working at Luminate Medical

  • This is a key early hire at a rapidly growing company. You will have an opportunity to shape the development of multiple high-impact patient-facing products and gain first-hand insights into the growth of a start-up.

  • We offer a highly competitive salary comparable with multinational medical device companies (available on application), a flexible benefits package, alongside a company laptop, headphones, camera and teamwear.

  • We believe in quality of life in our products and for our people, offering flexible working hours and a generous vacation policy.

What You Will Do:

  • Contribute to the mechanical design of patient-focused cancer care products from idea to manufacture, including:

    • Generating new design ideas and resolving design challenges by using strong understanding of fundamental engineering and design principles.

    • Utilising CAD tools such as CREO and SolidWorks to realise product designs.

    • Communicating design decisions, interpreting literature and test results, and influencing design direction.

    • Producing 2D CAD drawings detailing design components and assemblies for manufacture.

    • Creating component and material specifications.

  • Completion of tasks and projects through a methodological and planned approach to product development. Testing, analysis and development of design concepts for novel medical devices through:

    • Designing and building prototypes and test fixtures to prove concept effectiveness.

    • Creating test methods utilising electronic test systems and control systems to improve test repeatability.

    • Working with users to test product designs in the real world, documenting insights and iterating on concepts.

    • Predicting design outcomes through mathematical calculations, digital analysis, and physical design experimentation.

    • Keeping detailed records of design and testing development work.

    • Carrying out testing for Design Verification and Validation

    • Creating technical documentation according to the company’s procedures and regulatory requirements.

  • Take responsibility for the delivery of tasks and project goals in a timely fashion by working closely with, guiding, and building relationships with external suppliers and manufacturing partners, managing their time effectively and maintaining agreed timelines.

Personal Attributes – The Ideal Candidate Is:

  • Creative: A creative problem solver who is enthusiastic about new ideas.

  • Open: A proactive team player who seeks to help develop your teammates. You are willing to adopt, engage with and shape company culture in a positive manner. You can give and receive candid feedback in a constructive and positive manner.

  • Communicative: Outstanding in written and verbal communication and collaboration skills. You are able to articulate ideas clearly and support ideas with evidence.

  • Self-Driven: You have a sense of urgency in your work, are resourceful and independent, and thrive when taking responsibility for tasks.

  • Organised: You can prioritise your list of tasks independently and ensure actions are completed on time.

Experience Requirements – The Ideal Candidate Must Have:

  • Product Development Experience: Worked on at least 1 product design project. We prefer medical device experience but are interested in meeting candidates with design experience around consumer products.

  • Design Skills: CAD modelling experience (we use CREO, but we can provide training).

  • Prototyping: Comfortable with rapid prototyping using FDM, SLS and SLA 3D printing. Good benchtop skills for manufacturing prototypes.

  • Experimenting: Clear ability to create robust tests of design concepts, predict outcomes and determine iteration requirements.

Experience Advantages – It Would be Advantageous to Have:

  • Human factors and usability engineering skills.

  • Knowledge of plastics forming techniques such as dip moulding, blow moulding and thermoforming.

  • Experience working within a Quality Management System.

  • Experience with directly creating Design History File documents such as Design Input documents, Test Method Protocols, and Design Verification Protocols, alongside experience writing formal testing protocols and test reports.

  • Experience interacting with medical device regulatory requirements and applicable standards, in particular FDA guidance, MDR guidance, ISO 13485 and IEC 60601.


Don't have all these requirements?

Some people are less likely to apply for a role unless they are 100% qualified. Your experience, skills and passion will set you apart – tell us what you have learned and achieved, whether personal or work-related! With the right mindset, many of the skills above can be learned on the job. If this role excites you, don’t let the description hold you back!

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