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Open Position - Research & Testing Engineer at NuVasive (Prior experience of FEA validation in spinal implants ASTM testing and spine biomechanics)

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  • Open Position - Research & Testing Engineer at NuVasive (Prior experience of FEA validation in spinal implants ASTM testing and spine biomechanics)

    Dear Biomech-L community,

    Our team (Research & Testing) at NuVasive (San Diego) is looking for an entry/junior level engineer, who has experience/interest in FEA validation of ASTM mechanical testing/spine biomechanics, to join our team at our headquarter San Diego office.

    Please see the detailed job description below and email your CV to for consideration (please write "CV - Research & Testing Engineer" in the title of your email)

    Thank you!


    Job Description

    This position is responsible for understanding and communicating to customers testing requirements for biomechanical evaluation of spinal implants, instrumentation and materials. Completes testing, analyzes data and prepares technical engineering documentation. Responsibilities include:
    • Conducting mechanical testing following international standards and internal procedures
    • Translating complex scenarios into reproducible mechanical/biomechanical/FEA test designs (protocol, fixtures, apparatus) to meet customer requirements
    • Analyzing data from testing activities, interpreting results, and preparing clear and accurate technical documentation
    • Understanding regulatory requirements for product testing in domestic and international markets
    • Assisting with cadaveric biomechanical studies including specimen preparation, data acquisition and analysis where needed
    • Working on multiple projects of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires review of a variety of factors.
    • Exercising judgment, critical thinking and reasoning within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action, solve complex problems and analyze/ interpret data
    • Communicating results through strong technical writing and presentation skills - Test Reports, conference submissions, peer-reviewed publications
    • Providing technical support to Development, Regulatory, Marketing and surgeon customers
    Basic Qualifications
    • MS in mechanical or biomedical engineering, with strong structural mechanics fundamentals
    • 0-2 years orthopaedic/musculoskeletal research experience, which may include co-op/internship experience
    • BS degree holders will be considered with 2+ years of relevant experience
    • Operation of mechanical testing systems (MTS, Instron, etc.)
    • Prior experience with finite element analysis (FEA)
    • Ability to work within a fast-paced environment
    • Resourceful problem solver, detail-oriented and organized
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Spine industry/academic experience
    • ANSYS/Abaqus FEA - non-linear modeling, scripting
    • Programming skills, e.g. MATLAB, LabVIEW
    NuVasive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The “EEO is the Law” poster options are available here . NuVasive's EEO policy is available here .

    About NuVasive

    NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally disruptive, procedurally integrated solutions designed to deliver reproducible and clinically-proven surgical outcomes. The Company's portfolio includes access instruments, implantable hardware, biologics, software systems for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative monitoring service offerings. With more than $1 billion in revenues, NuVasive has approximately 2,600 employees and operates in more than 50 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit .

    Seniority Level - Entry level