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Associate Engineer (International Trainee)

We are offering a unique opportunity for a student/recent graduate from Germany (or the EU) to participate in a 6-month trainee program, starting in 2019, at our USA office based in Philadelphia. Participants are fully embedded in our multi-disciplinary teams to execute research and usability testing for a variety of projects. In addition to gaining experience in subject interviews, data analysis, and report writing, trainees will expand their knowledge of FDA and EU regulatory requirements for the safety and usability of medical devices.

Design Science will support the visa process and help with the formalities of moving to the United States.

Upon successful completion of the trainee program, a permanent position at Design Science’s upcoming new Germany office may be offered.

Who you are:
  • Passionate about improving the lives of people who rely on medical devices.
  • An excellent listener with strong observational skills.
  • Highly organized, with the ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously.
  • A team player in multidisciplinary situations with experience collaborating across a variety of fields, including engineering, design, and psychology.
What you bring:
  • A bachelor’s degree in human factors engineering, biomedical engineering, industrial engineering, biological sciences, or related field required. A master’s degree or PhD is considered highly beneficial.
  • An ability to analyze data using Excel and appropriate statistical techniques, as well as to visualize/present data in a form that is easily understood.
  • Strong writing skills in English and German; more languages are beneficial.
  • Excellent quantitative skills.
  • Advanced to expert proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • An ability to work full time at the Design Science office in Philadelphia, PA, and willingness to travel 20-30% of the time domestically within the United States for research purposes.
  • Willingness to undergo appropriate background checks and drug/health screenings as required for research purposes (i.e., in clinical settings, with adolescents, etc.).
  • German citizenship or legal ability to work in the EU.
We would also love to see:
  • An ability to deploy a variety of research techniques to collect and process data in a variety of avenues (e.g., field research, usability testing, ergonomics, etc.).
  • Experience with, or interest in, medical devices, product development and/or design.
  • Experience with, or interest in, regulatory guidance pertaining to medical devices.
  • Proficiency in a variety of data collection software/programs (e.g. DatStat, Qualtrics, etc.).
Your primary responsibilities will be:
  • Study environment and video equipment set-up
  • Moderation of usability testing sessions
  • Root cause analysis
  • Data entry, analysis, and management
  • Video review, analysis, and backup
  • Usability study protocol and report writing
  • Study supply tracking & inventory
  • Site visits for observational research

Associate Researcher (International Trainee)

We are offering a unique opportunity for a student/recent graduate from Germany (or the EU) to participate in a 6-month trainee program, starting in 2019, at our USA office based in Philadelphia. Participants are fully embedded in our multi-disciplinary teams to execute research and usability testing for a variety of projects. In addition to gaining experience in subject interviews, data analysis, and report writing, trainees will expand their knowledge of FDA and EU regulatory requirements for the safety and usability of medical devices.

Design Science will support the visa process and help with the formalities of moving to the United States.

Upon successful completion of the trainee program, a permanent position at Design Science’s upcoming new Germany office may be offered.

Who you are:
  • Passionate about improving the lives of people who rely on medical devices.
  • An excellent listener with strong observational skills.
  • Highly organized, with the ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously.
  • A team player in multidisciplinary situations with experience collaborating across a variety of fields, including engineering, design, and psychology.
What you bring:
  • A bachelor’s degree in human factors, occupational or industrial psychology, cognitive sciences, or related field required. A master’s degree or PhD is considered highly beneficial.
  • An ability to analyze data using Excel and appropriate statistical techniques, as well as to visualize/present data in a form that is easily understood.
  • Strong writing skills in English and German; more languages are beneficial.
  • Excellent quantitative skills.
  • Advanced to expert proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • An ability to work full time at the Design Science office in Philadelphia, PA, and willingness to travel 20-30% of the time domestically within the United States for research purposes.
  • Willingness to undergo appropriate background checks and drug/health screenings as required for research purposes (i.e., in clinical settings, with adolescents, etc.).
  • German citizenship or legal ability to work in the EU.
We would also love to see:
  • An ability to deploy a variety of research techniques to collect and process data in a variety of avenues (e.g., field research, usability testing, ergonomics, etc.).
  • Experience with, or interest in, medical devices, product development and/or design.
  • Experience with, or interest in, regulatory guidance pertaining to medical devices.
  • Proficiency in a variety of data collection software/programs (e.g. DatStat, Qualtrics, etc.).
Your primary responsibilities will be:
  • Site visits for observational research
  • Study environment and video equipment set-up
  • Moderation of usability testing sessions
  • Root cause analysis
  • Data entry, analysis, and management
  • Video review, analysis, and backup
  • Usability study protocol and report writing
  • Study supply tracking & inventory

Field Research Director

Do you have a passion for ensuring the right questions get answered through intelligently designed research? If you have deep roots in designing research, leading teams, and interacting with clients, and share our passion for advancing healthcare technology, you just might be our ideal Field Research Director.

The Field Research Director will supervise all field research projects from initial proposal discussions with clients to final delivery and presentation, identifying methodological or budgetary adjustments as necessary to ensure profitable and effective research. In addition, he or she will manage the workload of field research staff and help facilitate their professional development, while creating and refining procedures and policies to enable their success. The Field Research Director is a member of the company’s Leadership Team and participates in strategic planning meetings with other Directors to establish and promote Design Science’s mission, vision, and goals.

What you bring:
  • Master’s degree in design research, biological sciences, biomedical engineering, anthropology, business (i.e., MBA), or related field (i.e., product design and development). Bachelor’s degree will also be considered with adequate professional experience.
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, basic concepts and principles of field research, market research and/or product development.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience managing clients/internal stakeholders and supporting staff.
  • Experience collaborating across disciplines (e.g., software development, mechanical and electrical engineering, industrial design, visual design, and marketing).
  • Proven track record of ability to successfully lead a team towards a common goal.
  • Ability to create and maintain a budget and successfully manage projects to maximize profitability.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent customer services skills.
  • Evidence of creative problem-solving.
  • Flexibility in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work full time at a Design Science office (Philadelphia or Chicago) and to travel 20-30% of the time, domestically and internationally.
  • Willingness to undergo background checks and drug screenings.
We would also love to see:
  • Industry experience in the medical device or pharmaceutical field.
  • Interest in and familiarity with human anatomy, surgical procedures, and the design of medical devices.
  • Experience developing or contributing to the development of standard operating procedures.
What you can expect to be doing most of the time:
  • Leading client management and proposal writing
  • Overseeing high-level project execution
  • Designing studies, including research and analysis plans
  • Guiding analysis and synthesis
  • Planning and editing deliverables
  • Presenting to clients
  • Cultivating beneficial collaboration and relationships with third-parties
  • Managing project budgets, including scope of work changes and writing appropriate addendums
  • Leading process improvement initiatives and supporting the professional development of staff
  • Organizing and supervising field research department meetings and project meetings
What you’ll be doing some of the time:
  • Creating and refining standard operating procedures for field research
  • Facilitating training on ethnographic research methods and practices
  • Supporting internal operations and attending strategy meetings
  • Conducting field research and interviews
  • Creating deliverables
  • Creating study documents (screeners, protocols)
Here’s what we’re offering:
  • Full-time exempt position (40+ hrs/week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Lots of benefits: Health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401k, bonus-eligibility, 20 days PTO to start, family leave, flex work hours, work from home capabilities, all you can drink coffee, free gym, the best co-workers, and more!

Clinical Nurse Educator

Have you ever used a medical product and thought, ‘Why did they design it this way? It would be so much better if…’ We need your real-life experience and first-hand knowledge as a nurse to contribute to the design of safer and easier to use products.

Envision educating designers and engineers on disease-states and patient populations to ensure a better understanding of the end-user before a new medical device is designed. Picture yourself training diabetes patients to use the prototype of a new insulin pen so we can measure their ability to use it effectively before it is on the market. Consider the opportunity to make a very real difference in the design of new and innovative healthcare technology by supporting our research in other ways.

If these thoughts excite you, you may be the nurse we are looking for! Continue reading to discover if this position could be right for you.

What you bring:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing required, Master’s in Nursing preferred, Master’s with Nursing Education specialization highly valued
  • Active RN license required
  • Active Nursing Education certification highly valued
  • 10+ years of experience in nursing
  • 5+ years of experience in training patients or healthcare professionals
  • Knowledge of wide range of illnesses, devices, and medications
  • Ability to research, understand, and educate others on disease states and products that are new to you
  • Advanced to expert proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Good organizational skills and ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work part-time Design Science Philadelphia and to travel domestically and internationally as required for projects
We would also love to see:
  • Experience with, or interest in, medical devices, product development, and/or design.
  • Experience with, or knowledge of, FDA regulatory guidance on the safety and usability of medical devices.
  • Evidence of collaboration across a variety of fields, including engineering, design, and psychology.
What you can expect to be doing:
  • Educating patients and health care professionals in the use of new equipment, supplies, and instruments.
  • Providing educational leadership within the organization (e.g. coordinate in-house training and workshops for research staff).
  • Conducting training of simulated-use research participants in accordance with research protocol.
  • Providing medical expertise on product reviews (i.e. expert reviews, heuristic evaluations).
  • Providing medical expertise for risk analyses.
  • Conducting and compiling background research to assist teams in becoming familiar with products, diseases, and research areas.
What we are offering:
  • Part-time (non-exempt) positions
  • Opportunity to make a difference
  • Co-workers who appreciate your unique contributions

Office Manager

Do you have experience managing a fast-paced office? Do you thrive on maintaining organization and keeping track of important details? Do you love managing a budget and finding a deal? Do you dream of planning events and hosting guests in a way that makes people feel warm, welcome, and appreciated? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, you might be our next Office Manager!

Reporting to an appointed supervisor, the Office Manager performs a variety of administrative and office management activities in support of the company’s mission, vision, and goals. In addition to assisting the CEO and Principal(s), the Office Manager manages hospitality, facility, and equipment needs, particularly as they pertain to on-site research studies. Our ideal Office Manager is extremely proactive, organized, and detail-oriented. He/she must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality. The Office Manager has financial responsibilities, including making purchases per order request forms, using QuickBooks to cut checks for research study participants, and running bank errands. The Office Manager must keep an eye on the annual administrative budget and reconcile all purchases per the company’s expense reporting system on a monthly basis.

What you bring:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; college degree beneficial
  • Minimum 3-5 years office management experience required
  • Supervisory experience (e.g. of office assistants, temps, interns) a plus
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Team player with excellent people skills
  • Proactive problem-solver
  • Flexibility in fast-paced environment
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
  • Proficiency in QuickBooks Online
  • Willingness to undergo background checks
  • Ability to lift 10-15 lbs. and walk up to .5 – 1 mile(s) for office errands
  • Ability to work full-time (i.e., 8:30 am – 5 pm EST) from Design Science’s Philadelphia office. Flex hours permitted when appropriate based on office needs.
What you’ll be doing:
  • Ensure front desk is staffed at all times during business hours (e.g. coordinate internal resources when Office Manager must be away from desk)
  • Answer phone/emails and redirect correspondence appropriately as needed
  • Manage incoming/outgoing mail and packages
  • Take primary responsibility for all incoming guests, particularly as related to on-site research studies (e.g. administering consent forms to research study participants, placing meal orders for clients, etc.)
  • Assist with facilities management (e.g. reserving conference rooms and labs, placing maintenance requests, assisting with general office cleaning, etc.)
  • Assist with maintenance of company archives and files, including following company’s Good Documentation Practices procedure
  • Provide administrative assistance to CEO and other executives as requested (e.g. book travel, schedule meetings, etc.)
  • Perform work-related errands (e.g. bank, FedEx, etc.)
  • Manage admin budget (e.g. order office supplies, process order requests, reconcile expenses, etc.)
  • Assist with equipment storage, tracking, and organization
  • Plan internal office celebrations (e.g. quarterly birthday parties, etc.)
  • Perform additional tasks as requested by authorized personnel
Here’s what we’re offering:
  • Full-time exempt position (40+ hrs/week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Lots of benefits: Health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401k, bonus-eligibility, 20 days PTO to start, family leave, flex work hours, all you can drink coffee, free gym, the best co-workers, and more!

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter to careers[at]dscience.com

Don’t see the right position for you?

That’s okay, we know talent when we see it. If you have expertise in one or more of the following areas, we would love to hear from you. If you want to know what life is like with Design Science, be sure to check out our Instagram.

  • Human Factors
  • Observational Research
  • Information Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Videography
  • Usability Testing
  • Systems Engineering
  • Medical Device Design