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Edwards Lifesciences Principal Engineer - Surgical Structural Heart in Irvine, California

This is a unique opportunity for a Principal Engineer with a creative, curious, entrepreneurial and technical mindset. This position is within research and development discovery group exploring new or poorly met clinical needs and related technologies in the Surgical Structural Heart space. You will be part of a small highly motivate team with high visibility. Apply your deep technical knowledge, clinical experience and drive to help patients. Independently lead research, work closely with clinicians and external research partners and team up with Business Development and Marketing creating new directions for our Surgical Structural Heart 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

  • Ability to build proof of concept ideas into demonstrative prototypes

  • Partner with Strategy and Marketing partners on areas of interest

  • Work closely with clinicians to understand needs, gather relevant feedback for concepts and methods and perform benchtop and animal testing of early phase concepts

  • Learn and build knowledge of competitive technologies as well as medical and biomedical developments related to Surgical Structural Heart

  • Present results and strategies to executive team and partnering physicians

  • Able to take concepts from needs definition to first human use

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in engineering; (biomedical, physics, electrical is preferred) with 8+ years medical device experience 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.

  • Knowledge of applicable FDA regulations for medical device industry required

  • 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.

  • Must also be comfortable interacting with leading Surgical Structural Heart physicians as well as taking an active role in animal studies and clinical work in the OR/ICU environments.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Heart Valve design and construction is desirable.

  • Basics knowledge of FEA as it relates to structural heart is desirable.

  • Start-up experience is desirable

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

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

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.