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Edwards Lifesciences Principal Discovery Engineer in Irvine, California


A unique opportunity for the right creative, curious and entrepreneurial technical individual. Join an early stage research and development group exploring new or poorly met clinical needs and related technologies in the Critical Care space. Work within a small highly motivated team where your impact will be immediately recognized. The Principal Discovery Engineer will apply deep technical knowledge, clinical exposure and drive to help patients. Independently lead research, work closely with clinicians and external research partners and team up with Business Development and Marketing as we together create the future direction of our Critical Care business.


  • Technical leadership of early stage technology proof of concept projects.

  • Own proof of concept projects. Responsible for planning, execution and delivery of complex projects that span multiple disciplines.

  • Brainstorm, synthesize and analyze concepts either generated internally or through evaluation of external innovation and opportunities.

  • Work closely with Strategy and Marketing partners on areas of interest.

  • Work closely with clinicians to understand identify and understand unmet needs.

  • Learn and build knowledge of competitive technologies as well as medical and biomedical developments related to our areas of focus in Critical Care.

  • Present results and strategies to executive team and partnering physicians.

  • Take concepts from needs definition to first human use.


  • The ideal candidate requires a Bachelor’s in engineering; biomedical, physics, electrical is preferred, and 8+ years’ experience in the medical device OR a master’s or PhD degree in engineering with 4+ years of medical device experience.

  • Must be able to demonstrate strong skills and curiosity as an innovative problem solver.

  • Proven ability to apply technical knowledge and judgement to complex technical problems and technical proficiency is required.

  • Hands-on experience with sensors, low noise electronics and signal transduction is required.

  • Track record of innovation and early phase development is required.

  • Knowledge of applicable FDA regulations for medical device industry required.

  • Experience developing product requirements from needs/VOC is required.

  • Experience with early phase development of technologies through bench and animal studies to proof of concept is desirable.

  • Start-up experience desirable.

  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a fast paced environment; comfort with ambiguity

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team is essential.

  • The candidate must also be comfortable interacting with leading Critical Care physicians as well as taking an active role in animal studies and clinical work in the OR/ICU environments

Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Edwards is committed to complying with the requirements and guidance from our government authorities and to protecting our vulnerable patients and the healthcare providers who are treating them around the world. As such, all patient-facing and in-hospitals positions require COVID-19 vaccination, which includes anyone who directly interfaces with patients and those who enter a hospital or healthcare facility as part of their role. If hired and your position meets this criteria, as a condition of employment, you will be required to submit proof that you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a valid religious or medical exemption from being vaccinated.

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 15,000 individuals worldwide.

For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.