Director of Research

East Bay, (none selected) | Direct Hire

Post Date: 06/07/2016 Job ID: 5011 Industry: Consumer Electronics / Appliance

Director of Research

We are seeking a Director of Research to lead a team of scientists and engineers that develop new product concepts and support their transition to market. Programs involve a broad range of technologies including complex laser and optical delivery systems, ultrasound, and radio-frequency devices. The ideal candidate would have experience managing and mentoring engineering teams, project management experience in all product development phases, and a strong track record of innovation in the photonics field. This position provides a unique opportunity to drive innovation through development of both medical device technologies and applications in a fast-paced, well-funded R&D environment.


Responsibilities:

  • Inspire and mentor a team of scientists and engineers to rapidly develop best in class products and

    applications.

  • Stay current with market and technology developments including market needs, competitor products, and research in biomedicine, photonics, and other relevant medical device technologies.

  • Initiate development of new concepts for products and applications and organize and drive proof-of-concept studies.

  • Lead and support development of new applications through modeling, biomedical benchtop experiments, and clinical studies.

  • Serve as project manager for major product development programs as needed.

  • Contribute as a high-level individual contributor to product designs, modeling, and experimental studies.

  • Prepare program updates for engineering staff and senior management as needed.

  • Help build and manage company’s IP portfolio.

     

  • Requirements:

  • A Ph.D. degree in physics, physical chemistry, or relevant engineering discipline is strongly preferred includ
  • including a record of innovative academic research. Alternatively, an MS degree with at least 10 years of related experience.
  • At least 4 years of experience managing a team of senior level scientists or engineers with a focus on leading by example.
  • A track record of leading successful product introductions including at least one significant program from proof of concept through pilot production and a strong understanding and appreciation of best practices for product development.
  • A sense of urgency in driving projects and desire to set ambitious goals and work aggressively to meet project schedules.
  • In depth knowledge and ability to apply concepts of optics, acoustics, or RF electro-magnetism.

  • Experience with advanced concepts in one or more of the following areas is preferred: laser physics, classical optics, nonlinear optics, optical delivery systems, thermally induced tissue damage, laser tissue ablation, and biomedicine.

  • Experience using software for data analysis, data acquisition, and modeling. Examples include Mathematica, MatLab, Zemax, Paraxia, COMSOL, Python, and LabView or equivalents.

  • Basic knowledge of digital and analog electronics.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • A drive and passion for developing a holistic understanding to problems and developing creative, practical solutions in a timely manner.

  • An interest and curiosity for biomedicine and biomedical applications


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