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Associate Development Engineer

Zuchwil, Switzerland
R&D Engineering (R&D)

Job Description

Requisition ID: 1905745801W

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DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is the largest, most comprehensive orthopedic and neurological business in the world. DePuy Synthes offer an unparalleled breadth and depth of technology, devices, services and programs in the areas of joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. Building on the legacy and strengths of two great companies, we created one organization that will be agile and better equipped in today’s evolving health care environment. Our broad array of inspired, innovative and high-quality offerings help advance the health and wellbeing of people around the world.

in our headquarters in Zuchwil we are looking for a:

Associate Development Engineer

your responsibilities:

  • Designs and develops new implants and instruments and develops improvements and modifications to current products according to the Synthes product development process
  • Responsible for the product design 
  • Responsible for technical project questions/issues of existing products and in charge of coordination between clinical and technical project partners 
  • Participates in product development projects 
  • Works with surgeons, sales force and others for design requirements, design concept development, prototype and cadaver evaluation, and clinical follow-up 
  • Supports initial patent review of designs for freedom to operate as well as for the protection of new concepts, techniques and products through proper patenting 
  • In close collaboration with the technical engineering office, generates product models, concept layouts, and prints using a CAD software 
  • Is in charge of the performance of the product and its mechanical stability. In addition he/she supports the application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing 
  • Develops mechanical test set-ups (including derivation of benchmarks) according to national and international standards and coordinates the activities required to fabricate test parts and - complete mechanical testing (according to PD process) 
  • Works with manufacturing during the design stages to incorporate manufacturability into the product designs and during the implentation phase to clarify design issues 
  • Performs the required activities and generates the appropriate product development documents to ensure compliance with national and international regulations related to medical devices (in particular EU MDD, US FDA, Japanese PAL) 
  • Supports surgeons with regards to handling of implants/instruments and engineering-specific questions 
  • Know and follow all laws and policies that apply to the job, and to maintain the highest levels of professionalism, ethics and compliance at all times 

  • Vocational qualification plus at least 5 years' practical experience and supplementary on-going professional training (e.g. master craftsman, technician, specialist diploma) or 
  • Qualification from College of Higher Education plus 1-2 years' practical experience or University or ETH course [Swiss Federal Institute of Technology] without practical work
  • Knowledge of biomechanic, biology, anatomy is a plus 
  • Spread sheet and CAD/CAM, materials science
  • Mechanical experience (construction, production) 
  • Prior project management experience preferred, gained through college co-op, internship or research  

If you feel attracted by this challenge and want to be part of a successful and growing organization, then please send us your online application (CV, Motivation Letter, Working References etc.).


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Primary Location
Synthes GmbH (7111)
Job Function
R&D Engineering (R&D)
Requisition ID