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Lead Hardware Engineer

At IntuiTap Medical, we are eliminating the guesswork, frustration, and pain from spinal needle placements. VerTouch, our handheld, easy-to-use device, combines tactile imaging and needle placement to enable accurate placement of needles for lumbar punctures, epidurals, and spinal anesthesia.

Summary

This is a technical role in a mature start-up environment, responsible for both supporting the core technology of the minimum viable product and also further developing the technology for next generations of the product. The candidate will work directly under the Director of Engineering and the CTO and in collaboration with the rest of technical team, both at IntuiTap and a contract manufacturer. The ideal candidate will apply knowledge of sensing technologies, and medical imaging software and electronics to optimize the performance of IntuiTap’s products. This is a full-time position, located in the team’s R&D headquarters at Nemera’s Insight Accelerator Labs in Chicago.

Principal Responsibilities
  • Leads technical activities supporting development and testing of a biomechanical imager.

  • Develops software to support optimization of image acquisition, processing, and visualization.

  • Applies knowledge of electromechanical sensors to enhance the design and configuration of the sensing system.

  • Designs and develops electronic components and subsystems, originating specifications and coordinating their manufacture through qualified suppliers.

  • Supports contract manufacturer in development and integration of supporting components of the imaging system such as software, firmware, electronics, etc.

  • Manages evolving relationships with sensor manufacturers.

  • Offers technical assistance for bench, usability, and clinical testing.

  • Leads analysis of data from all tests, documenting and summarizing results, as necessary.

  • Commits to communicating technical progress to the rest of the team with a regular cadence.

  • Contributes to Design History File assembly and maintenance.

  • Contributes to further development of the product, as laid out in IntuiTap’s product roadmap.

  • Provides concepts and documentation toward expansion of company’s IP portfolio.

  • Supports development of proposals for future grant applications.

  • Conducts design, development, and testing activities using appropriate electrical and mechanical engineering tools, and consistent with national and international medical device regulations, and with the company’s quality system and culture.

  • Keeps abreast of latest developments related to the core technology.

Qualifications

Required
  • MS or higher in a relevant engineering discipline such as electrical engineering and computer science.

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of engineering experience in medtech.

  • Deep knowledge of sensor technologies (experience with tactile sensors required).

  • Deep knowledge of software development for image processing and analysis in medical devices.

  • Proficiency in programming (Python and/or C required)

  • Experience working in medical device quality system and regulatory environments.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills targeting technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Team player that enjoys working in a collaborative team culture.

Preferred
  • Familiarity with start-up environments

  • Experience with machine learning for medical imaging.

  • Proficiency in CAD (SolidWorks preferred).

  • Prior experience working with sensor manufacturers.

  • Prior experience working with a contract manufacturer within the medical device industry.

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