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Development and Validation Engineer – Medical Devices

Volumina Medical is a start-up, spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), active in the field of medical devices. The company develops breakthrough innovations for plastic and reconstructive surgery. The first product is an implantable biomaterial and targets the regeneration of soft parts of the human body which are damaged due to ageing, tumor excision, genetic malformation, or trauma.  In the framework of a collaborative project together with the CIBM (Center for Biomedical Imaging) at EPFL, we are looking for a highly motivated engineer to join our team and contribute directly to the development of our products for tissue regeneration.

The main responsibilities of the candidate will be to develop and perform technical studies and realization of biomaterial formulation prototypes, as part of our Research and Development activities. The candidate will be integrated in an interdisciplinary team, involving chemists and biologists. Part of the missions will include the characterization of biomaterials with different techniques, as well as validation of engineering solutions for the improvement of the manufacturing process of the medical devices being developed by the Company.
Your key missions:

  • Perform analytical characterizations of biomaterial prototypes (e.g extrusion force measurement, measurement of mechanical properties, measurement of chemical properties, …).

  •  Manufacture biomaterial prototypes according to instructions and characterize them

  •  Write technical plans, implement them and write reports about technical studies involving analytical characterizations, bench testing.

  • Manage external service providers to perform specific analytical measurements.

  • Participate to analytical characterization and quality control activities (microscopy, mechanical measurements such as Young modulus measurement, …)

  • Place orders and perform incoming inspections of the goods ordered

  • Interact with the biology team and participate to the planning of in vivo experiments

  • Document all results according to guidelines

  • Present results to the team on a regular basis and as required by the manager

Your formation and experience:

  • Engineering degree, HES or master in Materials Sciences, Chemistry, Polymer chemistry, preferentially with a first validated experience in a laboratory or in a technological role in a Company.

  • Practical experience in laboratory techniques or bench testing (microscope imaging, histology, samples preparation, bench analytical techniques).

  • Able to use CAD software and to interact with external mechanical workshops for the manufacturing and assembly of mechanical systems is a plus.

  • Experience with analytical techniques such as NMR, HPLC, titration, … is a plus

  • Oral and written proficiency in English is a plus

Your mindset and personality :

  • You are rigorous and enjoy lab work

  • You are proactive and able to work autonomously

  • You are creative and can solve technical problems by proposing out of the box ideas

  • You are objective-oriented, and challenges stimulate you

  • You are disciplined and care about details

  •  You enjoy working in a multidisciplinary team and having interactions with others

Volumina offers :

  •  A dynamic and stimulating work environment, at the cutting edge of innovation and biomedical technology

  • The opportunity to express your talents and grow with the team

  • The integration into an interactive team, where you can propose ideas

  •  To contribute to improve the life of millions of patients

Please send your full application (CV, Motivation Letter, work certificates, references and any relevant additional document) to:
Thomas Braschler (thomas@volumina-medical.ch)
Amélie Béduer (amelie.beduer@volumina-medical.ch)

Please indicate « Development and Validation Engineer” in the subject of your email message.

Deadline for application: July 5th, 2024