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Senior Design Engineer

Galway, Ireland


Shape the Face of Cancer Treatment at Luminate Medical

At Luminate, we build products that help cancer patients to live, not just survive. Our mission is to build technologies that help oncologists make cancer care better, faster, and safer for patients. Our first two products, Lily and Lilac, are revolutionary wearable devices designed to address hair loss and peripheral neuropathy respectively – two of the most common and difficult side effects of cancer treatment.  

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


The ideal candidate will be empathetic to user needs, ensure usability and ergonomics are at the core of their designs and have experience working with textiles. In parallel, you will need a passion to find creative and patient-focused solutions to complex design challenges and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

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 (including health insurance and pension), 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:

  • Drive the design of patient-focused cancer care products from concept to manufacture, including:

    • Generating new design ideas and concepts that meet the overarching design requirements.

    • Creating rendered visuals of concepts using CAD packages, Keyshot or other software.

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

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

    • Exploring and vetting materials, components and suppliers.

    • Ensuring the patient is at the center of the design by working closely with clinical and marketing to define the product user needs.

    • Defining design requirements from high level user needs specifications.

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

    • Leading the 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:

    • Create prototypes within our R&D workshop utilising rapid prototyping techniques for rigid, flexible, soft and textile materials to prove concept effectiveness.

    • Creating user testing group protocols for formative and summative testing, compliant with IEC 62366-1.

    • Lead user testing groups to test product designs in the real world, documenting insights and iterating on concepts.

  • Lead the delivery of projects 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 several product design projects, and 4+ years of experience in a product design role. We would prefer medical device experience but are interested in meeting candidates with design experience around consumer products.

  • Design Skills: Outstanding CAD surfacing experience (we use CREO, but we can provide training), sketching and aesthetic design skills.

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

  • Garment Design: Experience working with wearable products that involve textiles.

  • Human Factors & Usability: Prior experience designing and executing usability studies and incorporating human factors considerations into the product design

  • Prototyping: Extremely comfortable with rapid prototyping using FDM, SLS and SLA 3D printing. Can demonstrate understanding of the limitations of rapid prototyping and experienced in using machined prototypes. Good benchtop skills for manufacturing prototypes.

  • Manufacturing: Demonstrable examples of design for assembly/manufacture experience.

Experience Advantages – It Would Be Advantageous to Have:

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

  • 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.

  • Experience working within a Quality Management System to ISO13485 standards.

Don’t have all of 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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