Job Description: Product Development Verification and Validation Engineer

Reports to:
Technical Director

Role Overview

Neuromod Devices Limited is seeking to expand its engineering department to support development of flagship and next-generation medical device products that combine auditory stimulation, nerve stimulation, wireless communications and physiological sensing technologies.

The successful candidate will gain exposure to a range of technologies at the forefront of biomedical research and every phase of the product development lifecycle from initial concept development through to commercialisation.

Company Profile

Neuromod Devices is a global medical technology company founded to establish bimodal neuromodulation as a new standard of care for tinnitus, a condition that affects 15% of the global adult population.

Neuromod's groundbreaking clinically proven tinnitus treatment device, Lenire, is the culmination of over a decade of R&D and clinical validation, and the first device of its kind to be awarded an FDA De Novo grant for the treatment of tinnitus in the USA. Neuromod has recently begun the US commercial roll-out of Lenire. The company is now seeking to expand its R&D department to work on hardware and software development for new medical device products that combine auditory stimulation, nerve stimulation, wireless communications and physiological sensing technologies.

The company provides its engineers with a stimulating working environment and opportunities to work on a variety of commercial and research projects as part of a small, motivated, cross-functional team

Key Responsibilities

1. Test Protocol Development:

· Develop comprehensive test protocols for various testing domains including, but not limited to, electronic circuit design verification (DVT), mechanical design verification testing, sound stimulation functional testing, electrical stimulation functional testing, packaging integrity testing, transport validation, ingress protection testing, electromagnetic compatibility testing and wireless coexistence testing.

· Collaborate with design and development teams to ensure test protocols are aligned with design requirements, manufacturing requirements and applicable regulatory requirements.

2. Test Execution:

· Participate in bench testing (design verification testing) of medical device products based on the developed protocols, ensuring rigorous and thorough execution.

· Oversee third-party or internal team testing activities, ensuring adherence to protocols and the integrity of the test results.

· Analysis of test results including, where appropriate, the application of statistical methods.

· Documentation of the test results, ensuring accurate record-keeping and comprehensive traceability.

3. Design & Development Support:

· Participate in the design change control process, ensuring that any changes made to the product design are verified, validated and meet the requirements of applicable procedures and regulations.

· Collaborate with design and development teams, offering feedback and guidance based on testing outcomes to refine the design.

· Engage in risk analysis activities, identifying potential design and usage risks, and ensuring they are adequately assessed, controlled and reported.

· Assist with document control, ensuring that all design, test, and validation documentation is properly maintained, updated, and compliant with applicable QMS procedures.

4. Manufacturing Equipment Development & Validation:

· Participate in the design, development, and validation of manufacturing equipment, particularly focusing on printed-circuit board test fixtures.

· Collaborate with manufacturing and quality assurance teams to ensure equipment meets both production and regulatory requirements.

· Validate manufacturing equipment and tools, ensuring they are fit for purpose and meet the defined specifications.

5. Continuous Improvement, Training and Collaboration:

· Stay updated with the latest industry standards, regulations, and best practices related to verification and validation.

· Provide training to junior team members or cross-functional teams on best practices in design validation and verification.

· Continuously seek opportunities to improve testing methodologies, tools, and processes.

· Work closely with other departments, including design, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance, ensuring alignment of goals and seamless communication.

· Present test findings to relevant stakeholders, ensuring clarity of results, inferences and conclusions of the results and their associated implications to the product development process.

Qualifications / Skills / Attributes

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications, skills and attributes:

· Degree in Engineering or related fields (Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering preferred) with 5+ years' industry experience in an engineering role.

· An understanding of quality management system principles (e.g., ISO 9001 or ISO 13485) and/or FDA design and development processes to 21 CFR part 820.

· At least one year experience in electrical and/or mechanical verification (Design Verification Testing/ DVT), including the drafting of test protocols, executing or overseeing the execution of testing, and authoring of test reports.

· Experience and/or knowledge of risk management techniques, e.g., FMEA and/or ISO 14971.

· Experience in Design for Test (DFT) and Design for Manufacture (DFM).

· PC literacy (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint) and a familiarity in the use of project management tools such as MS Project or SmartSheet.

· A team player with excellent interpersonal, communications and problem-solving skills.

· Ability to present ideas and concepts clearly and effectively to all levels of the company.

Desirable skills / experience

· Relevant experience in medical device design or manufacturing.

· Experience in design and testing for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), e.g., to the Radio Equipment Directive, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or other EMC standards.

· Knowledge and understanding of international safety standards such as IEC 60601, IEC 69050 or IEC 60065.

· Experience in the application of statistical principles within an engineering discipline, including sample size calculations and statistical analyses, with experience in the use of statistical software such as R, STATA or Matlab.

For further information please contact Aoife McNally