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Why engineering at Stryker?
At Stryker we are dedicated to improving lives, with a passion for researching and developing new medical device products. As an engineer at Stryker, you will be proud of the work that you will be doing, using cutting-edge technologies to make healthcare better. Here, you will work in a supportive culture with other incredibly talented and intelligent people, creating industry-leading medical technology products. You will also have growth opportunities as we have a culture that supports your personal and professional development.
Dedicated Achievers, who are relentless about quality and deliver safe and robust solutions.
Motivated problem solvers and product launchers, who thrive in a fast-paced environment and will stop at nothing to ensure a project is complete and meets regulations and expectations.
Relationship builders, we value relationships, and we win together.
User-focused creators, keeping the customer and requirements squarely in focus and who imagine with the
user in mind, developing technology that helps change patients' lives.
Curious Learners, who seek out cutting edge research and information to enhance their ability to develop new ideas into reality.
What you will do-
The Senior Staff Scientist will be responsible for supporting reverse-engineering and product development efforts by identifying and specifying product materials (metals, polymers, coatings, etc.) through material analysis techniques and empirical testing for the New Product Development (R&D) organization within Stryker's Sustainability Solutions division.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Complete material analysis reports and associated deliverables for all executing NPD project teams.
Properly prepare samples and operate FTIR and SEM/EDS equipment to conduct material analysis of polymers and metals.
Support new product teardowns and associated material analyses.
Interpret data from FTIR and SEM/EDS to determine best sample material matches.
Identify metallic material grain structure, surface morphology and, when needed, mechanical failure mechanisms.
Determine and implement material application approaches/strategies for component designs, conduct feasibility studies on new designs, analyze test data to establish material/mechanical performance, and conduct experimental tests/evaluate results.
Develop test plans for mechanical coupon testing on polymeric, metallic, and bonded joints to establish material and mechanical properties, and make material recommendations based on test data.
Research, test, and recommend materials for various types of product surface preparation, including: adhesives for bonded joints, dry and wet lubricants, coatings, plating, surface modifications, and associated process best practices with an emphasis on sustainability.
Work with sourcing partners to drive procurement and vendor development in the area of advanced material identification analytical techniques, materials, adhesives, coatings, plating and surface treatments.
Lead and/or participate in technical design review meetings as a materials subject matter expert (SME).
Support investigation and root cause analysis of material-based test anomalies, customer complaints, and field returns using engineering analysis techniques and problem-solving methodologies.
Under minimal supervision, works with R&D, Quality, Manufacturing, Regulatory, Clinical, Marketing and Project Management to ensure project success.
Under minimal supervision designs, develops, modifies, evaluates and verifies material components for medical devices.
Quickly process and assimilate procedures, policies, processes, systems, and technology required.
Under minimal supervision, research, design, develop, modify, and verify components/modules for medical devices.
Translate design inputs to engineering specifications and produce sub-system level designs.
Develop and analyze solutions, prototyping one or more options to provide proof of concept.
Apply fundamental and some advanced concepts, practices and procedures for problem solving.
Technical ability to investigate and recommend material science-based solutions and strategies.
Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes to product design.
Ability to Communicate basic plans and technical information to team members.
Works on complex problems, applying advanced experience and learnings.
Demonstrates ownership and prioritizes work with minimal supervision.
Works as key member of the team, collaborating with others and solidifying relationships.
Demonstrate advanced understanding of customer needs and design inputs.
Demonstrate proficiency with product's intended use and clinical procedures.
Learn how the financial models are constructed.
Med Device Compliance:
Follow fundamental industry standards, design requirements and test strategies which apply to regulatory requirements.
Independently create or refine engineering documentation, such as the Design History file.
Follow R&D procedures like design controls and risk management, per the Quality Management System.
What you need-
Bachelors degree is required (Bachelor's of Science in Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, BioMedical/BioMechanical -or- Masters in related discipline strongly preferred)
6+ years of related work experience is required. (Prior experience working in material or mechanical test labs preferred)
Preferred Qualifications (Prior experience with):
Operation and interpretation of spectral data generated on FTIR and SEM/EDS equipment.
Sample preparation techniques for FTIR and SEM/EDS spectroscopy and high magnification work.
Potting, sectioning, and polishing samples for FTIR and SEM/EDS spectroscopy and high-magnification work.
Grain structure analysis, surface morphology, and failure mechanism investigation using high-magnification.
Tensile/compression coupon testing (via Instron or similar).
Hardness testing (polymers and metals).
Material selection for traditional component machining methods and assembly.
Material selection for injection molding and 3D printing.
Material selection for engineering applications (e.g. plastic part design, mechanism design, adhesives selection, lubricant selection and advanced manufacturing technologies).
Engineered plastics, stainless steel, aluminum alloy grades, and other engineering materials.
Basic chemistry, inorganic/organic chemistry, metallurgy, polymers, IM resins, adhesives, lubricants.
Microscopy, material science (polymer & alloy chemistry), fractography, GC/MS, FTIR/FTIR microscopy, SEM/EDS, TOF, XRF/Miro-XRF, wet chemistry for material characterization
Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. Stryker is active in over 100 countries around the world.
Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better.
At Stryker, quality is first in everything we do. We are driven to make healthcare better for our customers by
providing innovative products and services that meet regulatory requirements through our effective quality system.
The Company was founded in 1941 by Dr. Homer Stryker and incorporated in 1946 as the Orthopedic Frame Company. In 1964, the Company’s name was changed to Stryker Corporation.
• $13.6 billion in annual sales in 2018; annual revenue has grown for 39 straight years
• 17.1% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) in sales over 39 years
• ~36,000 employees globally in 2018
• 43 manufacturing and research & development locat...ions worldwide
• Included in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index
• Ranked # 233 on Fortune Magazine’s “FORTUNE 500” list for 2019
• Ranked # 3 on Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for the “Medical Equipment” industry for 2019
• Ranked # 11 on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list (U.S.) for 2019
• Spent $862 million on R&D in 2018
• 7,784 patents owned globally in 2018
• Initial public offering of stock was in 1979
• Listed on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker SYK