Skip to main content

R&D Product Development

Principal R&D Engineer - Interventional Vascular Technologies

  • Job Title Principal R&D Engineer - Interventional Vascular Technologies
  • Function R&D Product Development
  • Sub Function R&D Mechanical Engineering
  • Category Principal Engineer, R&D Mechanical Engineering (ST7)
  • Location Galway, Ireland
  • Date Posted
  • Requisition Number 2406182277W
Apply Now


Principal Research & Development Engineer - Interventional Vascular Technologies

Location: Ballybrit, Galway

Reports to: Director of R&D

Live Our Credo & Pursue Our Purpose:

As part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, Our Purpose is ‘We blend heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.’ We are guided by the values in Our Credo. With responsibility to patients, employees, communities, and stakeholders, Our Credo puts the needs of each of those first.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

For more than 130 years, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) have been part of our cultural fabric at Johnson & Johnson and woven into how we do business every day. Our commitment to respect the dignity and diversity of all is embedded in our Credo.

We know that the success of our business depends on having the best talent in a workforce that reflects the diverse markets we serve around the world and an inclusive culture that values different perspectives and life experiences

That is why we in Ireland are working to create an inclusive environment where diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences are valued and each one of our people feels that they belong and can reach their potential. No matter who they are. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson means “You Belong”.


CERENOVUS, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is a global leader in neurovascular care. Our commitment to changing the trajectory of stroke is inspired by our long heritage and dedication to helping physicians protect people from a lifetime of hardship. CERENOVUS offers a broad portfolio of devices used in the endovascular treatment of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.

What is it like to work at CERENOVUS Galway?

  • Culturally, we are putting the needs of Our Credo stakeholders first through pursuing the highest standards of quality, compliance, and ethics, ensuring everyday actions contribute to Our Purpose.
  • We are continuing to better our understanding of clot science, through our Neuro Thromboembolic Initiative (NTI). This is a commitment to advance the treatment of stroke through interdisciplinary collaboration and investment in clot and stroke research. How we understand clots and their behaviour enhances our opportunity to design devices that improve patient outcomes and, overall, advance the treatment of acute ischemic stroke.
  • Strong new product pipeline and one of fastest growing medical device company within J&J.
  • From a People perspective, we invest in our people, and take great pride in providing a positive work environment which respects diversity, supports wellbeing, and embraces innovation. This is empowered through our employee resource groups (ERGs) focused on further balances of gender, nationality, capability and more, including the additional attracting of qualified diverse candidates for our open roles.

Job Summary:

CERENOVUS a Johnson & Johnson company is recruiting for a Principal Engineer in Galway Ireland.

The Principal R&D Engineer will be responsible for providing technical leadership in the design and development of acute ischemic stroke vascular interventional devices from early stage to commercialization. Overall responsibility for technical aspects of new product development projects, including product specification generation and identification of optimal solution through design development, technical risk management and test capability development.

The responsibilities and the impact YOU will have:

Technical Leadership, Product & Process Development:

  • Cross project ownership of catheter design and development, working with design engineers to identify novel solutions to meet product performance requirements while leveraging existing capabilities to meet cost of goods targets.
  • Provide technical leadership and take ownership of critical technical tasks in the execution of product development projects.
  • Design new products, optimise product performance and refine product design to meet technical specifications and unit cost target.
  • Leading and developing project engineers, identifying and implementing best practice in the design and development of catheters
  • Identify and manage technical risk across projects, in partnership with project leads.
  • Build and test prototypes, analyse test data and interpret to identify optimal solution(s).
  • Develop test capability to evaluate product performance and safety requirements.
  • Identify and support development of processes for new products.

Culture –Improving the Way We Work & Building Capability

  • Foster a culture of creativity; generate creative product solutions to address unmet needs.
  • Mentor those around you to grow in capability by open questioning to drive self-reflection and development.
  • Actively identify technical and adaptive opportunities for improvements and take action to address.

Customer Connection to Drive Innovation:

  • Liaise with key opinion leaders to develop a deep understanding of the disease state, gather user needs; and articulate throughout the team.
  • Attend external meetings with key opinion leaders to present the Cerenovus product portfolio and gain feedback on new product development.
  • Support generation of Intellectual Property by filing new ideas and drafting patents as required.


We would love to hear from YOU, if you have the following essential requirements:

Qualifications -

  • Honours degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Approximately 15-20 years experience in the medical device or equivalent industry with experience of technical leadership.

Experience and skills -

  • Strong technical leadership capability in the development of new products, expert understanding of disease state and generates creative product solutions to address unmet needs.
  • Excellent technical problem solving and analytical ability.
  • Strong catheter design, development and technical ability is essential, based on a solid foundation of fundamental engineering principles.
  • Specific experience on Medical Devices, cardiovascular or neurovascular implants or instruments.
  • Data review and statistical methods expertise.
  • Experience of intellectual property generation and filing.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and directly, both verbally and in writing, to a widely varied audience.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Results and deadline driven with an ability to handle multiple tasks and operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people to achieve results.
  • Highly motivated and an enthusiastic self-starter with the ability to work under own initiative and as a team player.

Location & Travel

·       This role will be an onsite role based in Galway, Ireland with flexible work arrangements from time to time in agreement with management and per the J&J Flexible Work policy.

·       As part of a global company, travel will be required from time to time, up to 20%

This is what awaits YOU at J&J:

This is an opportunity to work with a ground-breaking biomedical operation and to be a member of a Johnson & Johnson company, with an excellent record in employee continuous professional development and business improvement.

We are passionate about our work; we play vital roles across a range of professional disciplines, and care deeply about our customers and communities. At Johnson & Johnson, our culture enables dynamic and impactful careers.

Whether you’re one of the people who already work here, or you’re considering joining the team, we offer:

  • An opportunity to be part of a global market leader.
  • A dynamic and inspiring working environment.
  • Opportunities to work on challenging projects and assignments.
  • Possibilities for further personal and professional development/education.
  • Excellent benefits.

Equal Opportunity:

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Your next move could mean our next breakthrough.

We invite you to join our Global Talent Hub, where we keep in touch with people around the world who share our passions for bold innovations and are inspired by our mission of changing the trajectory of human health.

Join now