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Senior/Staff Engineer, Research & Testing - NuVasive, Inc. - San Diego, CA, USA

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  • Senior/Staff Engineer, Research & Testing - NuVasive, Inc. - San Diego, CA, USA

    NuVasive has a opening for an outstanding engineer to join our growing Research & Testing team to help create cutting-edge products and procedures that revolutionize spine surgery and improve patient lives around the world. Our Research & Testing group develops test strategies, designs and executes ASTM, ISO, non-standard and biomechanical cadaveric tests as well as finite element studies, and consults with and provides top-quality scientific data to Product Development teams, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing, Quality Engineering and other cross-functional collaborators.

    While we are looking for the skills outlined below, we are pleased to consider exceptional candidates with a PhD or a Master's degree who have a strong publication record and hands-on experience in biomechanical stability testing in lieu of advanced FEA skills or prior industry experience.

    Job posting link (please apply here):

    Please direct any inquiries to:

    Michael Jekir
    Sr. Manager, Research & Testing

    Job Description
    This position is responsible for assisting in product validation testing as well as designing and performing biomechanical evaluation of spinal implants, instrumentation, and materials using experimental and/or computational modeling techniques to support product development and research goals. Activities include:
    • Conducting mechanical testing following industry standards and internal procedures; critically analyzing data from testing activities and interpreting results; preparing clear and accurate technical documentation; navigating regulatory pathways (510(k), IDE)
    • Providing technical support to Development, Regulatory, Marketing and surgeon customers
    • Designing and executing mechanical and cadaveric biomechanical testing in applied spinal research environment
    • Performing non-linear finite element analysis, developing anatomic FEA models, and undertaking musculoskeletal kinematic analysis using commercially available software
    • Analyzing data from research and testing activities and interpreting results; preparing clear and accurate technical documentation
    • Working on complex issues of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires an in‐depth evaluation of variable factors; exercising judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results; critical thinking and reasoning within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action to solve complex problems and analyze/interpret data

    Basic Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in mechanical or biomedical engineering
    • Proficiency with solid mechanics and 2+ years orthopaedic biomechanical research experience
    • Advanced operation of testing systems (e.g., MTS, Instron)
    • Demonstrated technical computing skills (Ansys, Abaqus, Hyperworks, Anybody, OpenSim, ScanIP, Mimics, or equivalent)
    • Strong technical writing and presentation skills with ability to communicate test results to internal customers and regulatory agencies
    • Resourceful problem solver, detail oriented and organized
    • Ability to work within fast paced environment

    Preferred Qualifications
    Spine biomechanics experience
    Orthopaedic industry experience
    Software expertise (e.g., FEA, Matlab, LabView)