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Principal Human Factors Scientist
Medtronic, Inc.
Fridley, MN, USA


Medtronic Careers with a Passion for Life

As the world's leading medical technology company, we provide lifelong solutions to people with chronic disease. Everything we do is deeply rooted in our mission—to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. Every 5 seconds the life of someone somewhere in the world is improved by a Medtronic product or therapy. We also are dedicated to the total well-being of our employees and have been recognized for eight of the last ten years by Fortune magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For". Work with the kind of people who not only love what they do but why they do it.

We are currently recruiting for a Principal Human Factors Scientist to work in our Fridley, Minnesota location and move to our new Mounds View location in October.

Position Description

  • Responsible for human factors activities across product lifecycles and across Medtronic's product range.
  • Human Factors responsibilities across the product lifecycle include customer needs identification, user and workplace profiles, task analysis and scenario development, interaction design ( creation of physical models and prototypes, graphical user interfaces, and product graphics), user interface design, usability testing, user error analysis, and post-launch outcomes analysis.
  • Applies knowledge of human factors principles such as an understanding of human performance and limitations (perceptual, cognitive, motor skills and anthropometrics) and techniques (knowledge acquisition, interaction design, and usability evaluation).
  • Human Factors Engineering activities are performed within the constraints of a complex regulated environment; and in partnership with other design (SW, FW, HW, Systems Engineering), research, technology, product planning, clinical, regulatory, and marketing groups.
  • Additional tasks include standards development, in-house training and popularizing of HF role. (But little selling, HF is already widely accepted as a key technology at Medtronic.)

Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the completion of major projects by providing expertise in multiple roles in the product development lifecycle through deep knowledge about system functionality across multiple systems, and/or through deep knowledge of system functionality.
  • Lead several human factors engineering activities at once in the product development lifecycle including identifying, planning, monitoring, and executing tasks for entire project.
  • Develop technical solutions to complex, system-wide usability problems that require ingenuity and creativity.
  • Apply advanced knowledge of biomedical/human factors engineering principles, cardiac rhythm management systems, and human factors engineering processes to definition, design and evaluation of products.
  • Perform other job-related duties or special projects as required.

Basic Qualifications

MS in Human Factors, Usability Engineering, or cognitive/experimental Psychology or Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering with extensive human factors coursework. High tolerance for change, able to multi-task continuously, willing to travel, able to quickly pick up advanced domain knowledge.

A 5-10 year history of working on human factors design and evaluation of medical, business or consumer products. Proven track record of applying various human factors/usability engineering principles and tools in the design and evaluation of hardware and software products. Proven ability to work with multidisciplinary teams that may include other HF experts. Proven track record of applying various human factors/usability engineering tools in a product brought to market. Excellent team, interpersonal, verbal, and presentation skills.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

PhD in one of the above disciplines. Working knowledge of cardiac function. Experience teaching human factors and usability engineering concepts to a diverse audience.

Physical Job Requirements

Ability to freely move throughout the facility, use of a keyboard and mouse, visually able to interact with personal computers. Also, the ability to move between facilities throughout the day and work after hours if required by project schedule or issues

With people like you, who have purpose, potential and passion, we'll supply physicians and their patients around the world with the means to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.


Submit your resume at www.medtronic.com/employment. Enter Requisition: 58200, review the job description and select "Apply to Selected Job" to route your resume directly to the hiring department. No agencies or phone calls, please. Medtronic is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce.

Received: 27-Aug-07



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