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R&D Product Development

Principal Polymer Chemist

  • Titel Principal Polymer Chemist
  • Functie R&D Product Development
  • Sub functie Biomedical Engineering
  • Categorie Principal Engineer, Biomedical Engineering (ST7)
  • Locatie Galway, Ireland
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  • Referentie 2406179544W
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Principal Polymer Chemist

Location: Ballybrit, Galway

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 the fastest growing medical device company within J&J in 2021.
  • 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 Polymer Chemist in Galway, Ireland.

The Principal Polymer Chemist will be part of the Cerenovus R&D team in Galway, Ireland; an exciting group of engineers and scientists dedicated to understanding unmet needs in neurovascular diseases (such as stroke) and developing innovative device solutions to improve their treatment.

The responsibilities and the impact YOU will have:

  • Identifying suitable polymers for various applications in the company’s device development portfolio. 
  • Recommending and establishing suppliers of polymers with properties based on their function in final medical device design as well as its role in the treatment of the disease, whether that be as an implant or as a functional polymer on non-implant interventional devices.
  • 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.
  • Identify and manage key technical product development project risks and appropriate mitigations.
  • Develop test capability to evaluate product performance and safety requirements.
  • Identify and select product materials and assembly methods.
  • Build and test prototypes, analyse test data and interpret to identify optimal solution(s).
  • Identify and support development of processes for new products.
  • Write and/or review procedures, protocols, specifications, and reports.
  • Liaise with key opinion leaders to develop a deep understanding of the disease state, gather user needs; and articulate throughout the team.
  • Translate needs requirements into technical specifications.
  • Leverage and liaise with external resources to support achieving project goals.
  • Evaluate and assess physician (user) techniques and develop product training materials.
  • Attend external meetings with key opinion leaders to present the Cerenovus product portfolio and gain feedback on new product development.
  • Foster a culture of creativity; generate creative product solutions to address unmet needs.
  • Support generation of Intellectual Property by filing new ideas and drafting patents as required.
  • Manage technical project resources as required, including responsibility for goal setting, performance reviews, identify and support development needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.
  • Coach or mentor more junior team members on planning, execution, analysis and reporting as needed.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as needed/assigned by the manager.


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


  • Honours degree or higher in Materials Science, Polymer Engineering or Polymer Chemistry.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the medical device industry or similar environment with experience of technical leadership, and prior product development experience as a Senior R&D Chemist is required.
  • Hands-on experience with a large range of polymer materials for biomedical applications and associated performance characterization techniques.
  • Experience in polymer materials analysis techniques including mechanical properties (tensile, compression, flexure), creep and fatigue, melt- and solution-based rheology, thermal analysis, etc.
  • Experience in conducting biocompatibility and bifunctionality evaluations of polymeric materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to senior industry leadership and leaders in the scientific community.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.


  • Formulation design for endovascular liquid embolization materials
  • Hydrophilic coatings for endovascular devices.
  • Surface coatings for medical implants.

Location & Travel

  • The role is based in Galway, Ireland and is likely to involve moderate EMEA and International travel.
  • Some travel to the US will be required as part of the induction for this role – more details will be provided during the hiring process.

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:

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.

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