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Senior Mechanical Engineer for Active Implants - Wyss Center


CH-1202 Genève

The Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering is seeking a Senior Mechanical Engineer for Active Implants to join our growing, international team of scientists, clinicians and engineers. 

Description du poste

The individual will work both independently and collaboratively as a member of the Wyss Center’s technical team to develop innovative advanced implantable and wearable technologies that are designed to collect real-time neurophysiological signals, transmit multichannel recordings and provide closed loop control signals for a range of human applications. 

Key responsibilities:
In his/her position of Senior Mechanical Engineer for Active Implants, the successful candidate will share his/her time between hands-on mechanical design and engineering tasks, collaborations with external partners, as well as resources and lab facilities management at the Wyss Center. More specifically, he/she will:

  • Conceptualize and create mechanical designs for the Center’s next-generation implantable and wearable devices

  • Prototype new concepts using rapid prototyping methods (3D printing, machining, etc.)

  • Develop and improve hermetic and near-hermetic encapsulation solutions (using implantable silicone, epoxy, ceramics, titanium or other emerging materials and technologies)

  • Design and improve connection solutions to connect implants to leads (using laser micro-welding, resistance welding, crimping, or other connection technologies)

  • Balance technical requirements with manufacturability and cost

  • Document new designs in compliance with the applicable medical regulations and standards

  • Support Design Verification activities and transfer designs to external production and clinical grade manufacturing partners

  • Act as an active member of the Wyss Center’s technology team and collaborate closely with Electrical Engineers, Software Engineers, Scientists, and Product Managers 

  • Collaborate with clinicians and end-users to capture, analyze and implement requirements to design technologies suitable for a patient/clinician setting

  • Scout for novel technologies and establish strategic collaborations with related suppliers / partners

  • Collaborate with external partners (academic and industrial)  

  • Coordinate a small team of Mechanical Engineers and manage the lab facilities and budget

  • Help drive a positive, collaborative and translation-focused culture at the Wyss Center

This position will report directly to our CTO and will supervise a team of two Engineers. 

Profile requis

Required competence and experience:

  • MSc in Micro Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent with at least 7 years of relevant work experience in MedTech industry (in an ISO 13485 and/or 21 CFR certified environment)

  • Hands-on experience with design, development and testing of long-term active implantable and/or class III medical devices 

  • Good knowledge of medical-grade manufacturing and assembly processes

  • Team leadership skills, including people skills

  • Good knowledge of the different stakeholders, suppliers and sub-contractors in the space and experience in managing sub-contractors and vendors

  • Aptitude for innovation, willingness and ability to drive change, passion for quality and continuous improvement 

  • Results oriented, proactive problem-solving attitude with strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, ability to interact and influence all levels of the business as well as partners

  • Fluent in English, French is a plus

Additional skills include:

  • Experience or interest in neurotechnology

  • Expertise in ISO 14708 and IEC 60601

  • Good knowledge of medical-grade materials and components used for long-term active implants

  • Specialization in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Rapid Prototyping methods

  • Accelerated aging of medical devices in different conditions

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter describing your qualifications and your motivations to HR@wysscenter.ch no later than Friday 24th July 2020.