Senior 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. Founded in 2018, the company has been recognised as one of the most valuable growth stage companies in Europe. Luminate Medical is backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, Y Combinator (the US accelerator behind Dropbox, AirBnB & 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 that 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 – Senior Research and Development Engineer

The Senior 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 work with a focused team in a fast-paced environment to deliver exciting and meaningful medical devices. You will 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.

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 a high-impact patient-facing product 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).

  • 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:

  • Working collaboratively to drive 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 principles.

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

    • Leading the completion of tasks and projects through a methodological and planned approach to product development.

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

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

    • Building prototypes to prove concept effectiveness.

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

    • Predicting design outcomes through mathematical calculations, digital analysis (such as FEA), and physical design experimentation.

  • Take responsibility for the delivery of 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:

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

  • A proactive team player. You seek to learn from colleagues and help develop your 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 and support ideas with evidence.

Experience Requirements – The Ideal Candidate Must Have:

  • 7+ years of experience in product development (preferably some in a medical device environment).

  • A proven track record in design for assembly of mid to high-volume manufacture of medical devices and/or consumer products.

  • Knowledge of a wide variety of manufacturing processes, including injection moulding, blow moulding, joining technologies, and rapid prototyping (3D printing).

  • A strong understanding of medical grade thermoplastics and elastomers and medical grade textile materials used in medical device and/or consumer product manufacture.

  • Experience with directly creating and managing Design History File documents such as Risk Management, Design Inputs, Test Method Design and Validation, and Design Verification Plans alongside experience writing formal testing protocols and test reports.

  • A strong understanding of medical device regulatory requirements and applicable standards, in particular FDA guidance, MDR guidance, ISO 13485 and IEC 60601.

  • An ability to demonstrate a methodological and planned approach to product development.

Experience Advantages – It Would be Advantageous to Have:

  • Previous experience working on the design of a new product that received regulatory approval.

  • CAD surfacing experience with CREO.

  • Hands-on simulation experience using FEA software.

  • Experience with soft robotics and pneumatics systems.

  • Experience designing wearable electromechanical products.

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