Sr. Development Engineer, Advanced Materials Science

US, US, CA - San Diego

Minimum Level of Education Required: Bachelors Degree

Percentage of Travel: Up to 10%

Location: CA - San Diego

Ref#: 16417

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Job Description

NuVasive is seeking an experienced Mechanical or Biomedical Engineer for our Advanced Materials Science implants development team.  Our team is part of a larger mechanical engineering group that focuses on complex interbody and retractor systems, that utilizes extensive knowledge of mechanisms, engineering practices, mathematics, material science, and other physical sciences to create implant and instrument systems designed for use in the OR.

As a seasoned mechanical engineering professional, you’ll gain hands on experience to devise innovative mechanical product solutions to meet surgeon needs and design specifications, from concept to commercialization.  Working on cross-functional teams to manage the product development process, project timeline and deliverables is key to this role, as you’ll often interact with other internal teams, including marketing, purchasing, regulatory, quality, research and testing, and machine shop, to ensure designs comply with applicable FDA and state regulations, as well as standards including, but not limited to, ISO 13485.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Create and support the development of prototypes using in-house rapid prototyping equipment or by outsourcing to external vendors/suppliers
  • Define, create, and maintain design control documentation in compliance with FDA regulations and internal procedures.
  • Interact with external teams, including outside manufacturers, raw material suppliers, and outside testing facilities, to solve technical issues/challenges and ensure on time delivery of services and product
  • Support new product launches by attending surgical cases, supporting our in-house surgeon education team with cadaver labs
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or equivalent
  • 4+ years of relevant experience in the orthopedic medical device field
  • Hands-on experience in translating functional requirements into functional mechanical solutions
  • Experience with the CAD development environment, component data sheets, and mechanical test methods and equipment
  • Strong ability to understand and apply GD&T
  • Experience with manufacturing processes and design for manufacturing
  • Effective communication skills with strong confidence to present before groups of customers, vendors, peers, and leadership
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office with a strong ability to write business reports and correspondence as well as the ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, employees, and management of organization
  • Proficient in developing test plans, protocols/test scripts, and test reports
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous manufacturing experience in plastic or metal machining 
  • Background in thermal processes
  • Experience in process qualification methods

When applying to this role you will be completing a 15 – 20 minute assessment. Please make sure you have time to complete this assessment before initiating your application. 
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, 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.

About NuVasive
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally invasive, 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 $962 million in revenues (2016), NuVasive has an approximate 2,300 person workforce in more than 40 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit
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