Senior Research & Development Engineer

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Senior Research & Development Engineer🔍School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States📁Research📅Apr 27, 2021 Post Date📅89323 Requisition #The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is seeking a Research & Development Engineer 2 (Senior R&D Engineer) to apply a variety of engineering skills in collaboration with surgical and research faculty to execute experiments addressing orthopaedic engineering problems. The Senior R&D Engineer provides expert consultation and collaboration with the staff, faculty, fellows and residents regarding technical requirements, capabilities, and advancement opportunities. Areas include: Instron testing systems, motion tracking, 3D scanning/coordinate measuring, 6 DOF robotic arm, machine shop fabrication techniques, etc. The Senior R&D Engineer guides faculty on how the new robotic arm will expand our lab testing capabilities and what opportunities are now open for research projects.

The Senior R&D Engineer for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery applies advanced project leadership for all engineering and scientific research projects in the orthopaedic biomechanics lab and manages the R&D Engineer 1. The Senior R&D Engineer designs, develops, and executes projects that further advance the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. The successful candidate will have expertise in mechanical testing of materials for failure analysis (Instron, Kuka, etc.), knowledge of sensors and software systems necessary for data acquisition (AMTI, Tekscan, etc.), expertise with CAD design and fabrication (SOLIDWORKS, Fusion 360, CNC Machining, etc.), knowledge of 3D mathematics and joint coordinate systems (ROMER, simVITRO, etc.), and the ability to manage data collection, storage and analysis (MATLAB, Python, etc.). They will be expected to provide effective communication of results and design parameters to teams as well as contributing to publications, presentations, and posters. To learn more about the Department please visit us at:

Duties include:

  • Provide leadership and scientific expertise in the planning and implementation of major projects, services, facilities, and activities.
  • Develop advanced technological ideas, and guide their development into a final product or new approaches to research. Carry out complex or unique assignments important to the advancement of the field.
  • Provide expert consultation and collaboration regarding technical requirements, capabilities, and advancement opportunities; make substantive contributions in diverse technical areas.
  • Provide technical direction to other research staff, engineering associates, technicians, and/or students; facilitate workshops and demonstrations on research methods; educate and train users on research methodology and effective tools and techniques.
  • Contribute to or co-author published articles, presentations, or scientific papers; identify research and development funding opportunities.
  • Supervise staff and resources to meet program objectives.
* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Advanced degree in mechanical/biomechanical engineering or related field.
  • Proficiencies with 3D CAD software (Fusion 360 or SOLIDWORKS preferred), MATLAB, Microsoft Office, and a computer programming language.
  • Fabrication/prototyping experience.


Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Expert knowledge of the principles of engineering and related natural sciences.
  • Demonstrated project leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and/or managing technical professionals.


  • Frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, Allergens/Biohazards/Chemicals /Asbestos, confined spaces, working at heights 10 feet, temperature extremes, heavy metals, unusual work hours or routine overtime and/or inclement weather.
  • May require travel.

    Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4982
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: K
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 89323




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Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 6/28/2021
Work Type: Full Time