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Edwards Lifesciences Principal Polymers Engineer - Transcatheter Mitral & Tricuspid Therapies in Irvine, California

We are looking for a strong candidate with a history of break-through innovations in polymeric biomaterials used for medical devices application and is passionate about solving customer and patient unmet needs.

Ideal candidate will serve as an in-house expert in polymers and coating and will develop new applications of polymers to enable product development teams create innovative break-through therapies.

Role & Responsibility

  • Serve as an in-house expert in polymers and coating and develop new applications of polymers to enable product development teams create innovative break-through therapies.

  • Carry out hands-on polymer/oligomer/ small molecule synthesis for next generation of Edward products and technologies.

  • Develop novel polymer/biomaterial-based coatings and surface modification technologies (via plasma, grafting, coatings etc.),

  • Consult in polymer selection for design applications keeping in mind effect of sterilization techniques on material properties.

  • Conduct material characterization using various analytical techniques, interpret results and develop novel solutions for product unmet needs.

  • Maintain an ongoing search for new polymeric materials/ technologies which can be used for performance improvements and provide all necessary polymeric materials support for the development of new products starting with material identification/selection based on product requirements, material selection, developing processing parameters, test method development,

Required Education & Experience:

-PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Biomedical engineering + a minimum of 8 years of experience (OR a Masters + minimum of 12 years of experience)

-Minimum of 8 years experience in the development of polymer-based technologies for medical devices or combination products (Class II and Class III products).

Other Required Skills:

  • Deep fundamental knowledge of Polymer Science with strong expertise and hands on experience in polymer synthesis.

  • Knowledge and experience of using of Polymer Structure-Property Relationship for problem solving is a must.

  • Hands on experience in polymer testing and characterization (chemical, thermal, topographical, rheological, and mechanical properties) is a must.

  • Experience in converting polymers and/or coatings from bench top concepts to commercial applications for Class II and Class III devices or combination products is a must.

  • Knowledge of surface modification techniques and expertise in surface modification of polymers for medical device applications is highly desired.

  • Good understanding of effects of various sterilization modalities (gamma, e-beam, ETO, Steam etc.) on polymeric materials.

  • A good understanding of polymer biocompatibility and related international guidance and standards is highly desired in order select optimal materials for the given application.

  • Demonstrated ability to work under minimum supervision in a fast-paced team environment.

  • Requires strong organizational skills and ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills is a must.

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.