Research Engineer

Intellectual Ventures Management - Bellevue, WA3.6

Job Description

Intellectual Ventures (IV) Laboratory is part of Intellectual Ventures’ efforts to support invention. IV Lab works on the very beginning stages of invention, validating the concept and refining the technology to demonstrate its potential for commercial or humanitarian use. IV Lab believes in the power of independent and unconventional approaches to problems. The broad range of Intellectual Ventures’ invention activity provides IV Lab the opportunity for a breadth of expertise across fields including computer network security, computational modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, chemistry, microbiology, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, medical devices, and aerospace engineering. IV Lab’s unique environment has attracted veteran technologists and scientists from leading companies and renowned academic, government and private laboratories.

The Thermal Control Group (TCG) invents, designs, analyzes, prototypes, and tests new and groundbreaking thermal and mechanical devices to solve global health and global development challenges. TCG staff members are skilled in thermal, mechanical and/or electrical engineering and design and typically have a degree in a related engineering field. They turn “art to part” in bringing together creative technical problem solving with prototype development with experience in the unique design and environmental needs of the developing world. TCG staff members run the professional experience spectrum from junior designers focused on a particular engineering tool set, all the way up to senior project managers who can define a project from limited business problem information and potentially manage it all the way through to commercialization handoff.

The Research Engineer will be responsible for both leading and delivering deep and broad mechanical and thermal engineering skills and content to projects within the TCG at IV Lab through design, analysis, manufacturing liaison, testing, and field demonstrations. The successful candidate must have strong, demonstrated engineering skills in design and be able to use those skills to confidently and clearly advocate in an extremely technical, collaborative environment. The successful candidate will have manufacturing experience and a history of building successful, clever hardware. Proven experience leading and participating in collaborative, multi-functional teams is also a necessity. A candidate having knowledge of and experience working in developing countries is a substantial plus.

Perform engineering tasks to an agreed upon schedule and budget
Design parts, assemblies, test hardware, and manufacturing tooling that meet requirements using engineering principles and a thorough understanding of first order relationships between critical parameters
Work with others to develop analysis of hardware using thermal and structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Design for Manufacturing (DFM) tools to reduce cost, weight, and manufacturing error
Design and perform validation and acceptance testing to verify both the validity of the hardware design and the quality of the manufacturing
Potentially travel to the Developing World to field test hardware and collect feedback from users
Be responsible for overall project execution and lead projects
Both lead and participate in cross-functional technology development teams to help move projects from concept into prototyping and product development
Clearly communicate/present product development updates to internal and external team members within the Lab as well as key stakeholders and commercial partners.
Submit drawings and execute projects in compliance with relevant standards (notably ASME Y14.5 and IV Lab standards)
Work with Portfolio office to help refine TPPs to ensure that the product vision aligns with the target users, use case, and target geographies
Work with the Commercialization office and commercialization partners to ensure smooth transition from prototype to product.
Coordinate with Program Management Office to ensure adequate reporting on project execution and resourcing.

BS in Mechanical Engineering plus 7+ year experience required; advanced degree is a plus
Prior experience as an engineering project lead
Experience with Human Centered Design and designing with the user in mind
Prior experience working in the developing world a strong plus
Demonstrated experience designing parts/systems with thermal components
Consistent professional trajectory as a Engineering lead, Mechanical Engineer, R&D Engineer or related title with experience in mechanical design
Strongly demonstrated capability with a 3-D CAD package, such as Solidworks (preferred), Pro/E, Catia, Unigraphics, or similar
Ability to design, execute, and analyze experiments in order understand physical phenomena relevant to research of interest, reduce risk, and demonstrate performance of prototypes
Demonstrated teamwork
Experience producing drawings and reviewing the drawings of others for engineering rigor, portability, quality measurement, and repeatability
Experience with MS Office and MS Project
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