R&D Engineer

Galway, Ireland


Shape the Face of Cancer Treatment at Luminate Medical

Luminate Medical is Ireland’s most exciting and fastest-growing MedTech company. Emerging from NUI Galway’s BioInnovate programme, Luminate Medical was founded in 2018, and in 2019, was recognised as one of the most valuable growth stage companies in Europe. Since then, the company has been backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, Y Combinator (the US accelerator behind Dropbox, AirBnB and Stripe), and Enterprise Ireland’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund, and is aiming to launch its first product into the US market in 2024.

Our vision is to build innovative new products which revolutionise the patient experience of cancer treatment. Our first product is a wearable medical device to prevent hair loss caused by cancer chemotherapy in a portable, comfortable, and effective way. Chemotherapy induced hair loss is a rapidly growing €8 billion global market with multiple established public companies in the industry. We’re seeking to recruit talented individuals with the ambition to drive the development of a new and innovative approach and join the management team at our Galway office.

Luminate Medical is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and consider all applicants without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic.

The Role – Graduate Research and Development Engineer

The Graduate R&D Engineer will help shape the product development cycle of new patient-facing medical devices for people undergoing cancer treatment. This role offers applicants the chance to join one of Ireland’s most valuable and well-funded growth-stage companies as an early employee with high-level insight into the growth of a start-up company. You will form a core part of a dynamic team and help shape the company culture.

Working at Luminate Medical

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

  • We offer a highly competitive salary (available on application) and benefits package, including a company laptop, headphones, camera and team wear.

  • We believe in quality of life in our product and for our people, offering a flexible benefit scheme, flexible working hours, work-from-home options, and a generous vacation policy.

What You Will Do:

  • Product design of medical devices for solving side effects of cancer treatment, including:

    • Understanding user and clinical needs and translating these to technical requirements,

    • Generating and documenting new design ideas through sketching and CAD modelling,

    • Building prototypes for assessment in the lab and in clinical studies,

    • Contribute to the development of and documentation of new inventions.

  • Testing and development of design concepts for novel medical devices through:

    • Designing test methods and writing verification/validation protocols,

    • Conducting tests following the scientific method,

    • Gathering test data, interpreting data, and presenting conclusions for new designs,

    • Debugging experiments and design flaws.

  • Complete design and test documentation as part of regulatory submissions for medical device clearance, such as:

    • Updating engineering documents such as technical drawings or test procedures,

    • Documenting test procedures, logging data and writing conclusions.

Personal Attributes – The Ideal Candidate Is:

  • A proactive team player. You have experience of working in a team, you seek to create alignment on objectives and collaborate with teammates.

  • Resourceful, independent, and self-motivated with a hands-on attitude.

  • You can give and receive candid feedback in a constructive and positive manner.

  • Willing to adopt, engage with and shape company culture in a positive manner.

  • Outstanding in written and verbal communication and collaboration skills. You are able to articulate ideas clearly.

Experience Requirements – The Ideal Candidate Must Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering or similar.

  • Strong knowledge of CAD software such as SolidWorks and/or Creo.

  • Strong practical skills and experience working with tools such as 3D Printing.

  • Understanding of mechanical design and engineering fundamentals.

  • Experience in writing technical reports.

Experience Advantages – It Would be Advantageous to Have:

  • 1 to 2 years medical device R&D experience (preferably some in an SME environment).

  • A demonstrated track record of interest in medical devices through projects, internships, or placements.

  • 3D CAD surfacing skills.

  • Experience with Excel / Minitab to input and analyse test data.

  • Experience developing Finite Element Analysis models.

  • Experience in Product Design and Human Factors Engineering.

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