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09-24-2008, 05:22 AM
Medtronic is currently recruiting for a Computational Biomechanics
Research Engineer in the Spinal and Biologics business located in
Memphis, TN.

POSITION: Research Engineer, Computational Biomechanics


This position is responsible for conducting multibody dynamics (MBD)
analysis of the human musculoskeletal system with a particular
application to the spine. A strong background in mechanical engineering
principles and experience using a multibody dynamics software package is
required. Excellent candidates will have experience with LifeMod or
MSC.ADAMS software, demonstrate dynamic communications skills, and
possess general knowledge of orthopedic biomechanics and musculoskeletal
anatomy. This position will actively participate in the product
development cycle and regularly interact with Product Development,
Regulatory, and Marketing groups.


Conduct computational analyses (kinematics simulations) of the human
musculoskeletal system to characterize the biomechanical consequences of
various spinal pathologies, treatment modalities, and medical devices
and to ensure that implant designs meet their biomechanical performance

Interact with leading surgeons and spinal research experts to elucidate
key biomechanical scenarios and input parameters for clinically-relevant

Coordinate with internal research, development, and marketing staff to
identify scenarios to be analyzed, resolve details which are not
completely defined, determine the relevant mechanical issues, and plan
an effective analysis strategy.

Interface with product engineers, designers, and testing lab personnel
to assemble CAD models of the devices to be analyzed in the appropriate
biomechanical scenarios.

Prioritize workload and determine the appropriate level of computational
complexity required to answer the analysis questions.

Utilize engineering principles to analyze, verify, and interpret
completed work. Draw conclusions and provide product design advice from
results of analyses.

Report the results of simulation activities to highly knowledgeable
audiences in a variety of oral and written forms. Seek opportunities to
author technical publications and to present work in technical forums as

Produce impactful results under tight project schedules. Constantly
strive to enhance efficiency in procedures without a compromise in

Follow good modeling practices, record keeping, and documentation in
order to comply with internal company procedures, industry standards,
and external regulatory requirements.

Partner with biomechanical testing and product development personnel to
identify, develop, and validate new analysis methods which will
accelerate the product development cycle.

Provide training, technical support, and mentoring to new users of
multibody software tools.

Assist in the planning and implementation of new computing initiatives
and research studies.


Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering,
or a related field with at least two years of experience in
computational analysis of mechanical structures is required. Master's
degree with one year of experience is preferred.

A strong background in mechanical engineering principles, biomechanics,
and multibody dynamics is required. Hands-on experience using LifeMod,
AnyBody, SIMM, VIMS or an equivalent dynamic modeling software tool is
also required. Proficiency with MSC.ADAMS is strongly preferred.
Rigorous analysis methodology, applied research experience, project
management, problem solving, and good communication skills are
essential. Experience using commercial finite element analysis (FEA)
solvers or other simulation software would be beneficial.


* Ability to build customer relationships and deliver high quality
results in a timely fashion
* Rigorous, independent problem solving abilities
* Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
* Experience in general biomedical engineering research
* Exposure to clinical orthopaedics
* Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 20%)


Medtronic offers a wide range of challenging career options, career
advancement opportunities, and a dynamic work environment. We offer a
competitive salary and benefits package. All candidates must provide
employment eligibility verification to work in the USA.

If you are interested and meet these qualifications, please apply
directly to our web site:

Follow the link to "Career Opportunities"
Job Requisition # 64435


It's challenging. It's energizing. It's rewarding. That's why nearly
38,000 employees around the world have chosen to spend their career at
Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology. We provide lifelong
solutions for people with chronic diseases guided firmly by our mission
to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. Today, every 5
seconds the life of someone somewhere in the world is improved by a
Medtronic product or therapy. We hope you'll consider joining our team
and discover why Fortune magazine named us one of the "100 Best
Companies to Work For" eight of the last eleven years.

With annual revenues of more than $2 billion, the Spinal and Biologics
business is the second largest of Medtronic's business units. Since
1980, we have provided surgeons with products that treat a variety of
disorders of the cranium and spine, including traumatically induced
conditions, deformities, and tumors. Headquartered in Memphis,
Tennessee, the company is the global leader in developing therapies for
spinal conditions, enabling people of all ages throughout the world to
stand straight and walk painlessly toward their dreams.

John C. Coleman, Ph.D.
Spinal and Biologics
Memphis, Tennessee


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