Job: Human Factors Design Engineer

2 Jul 2007 - 12:49pm
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Hamilton, Heather

Company: St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Location: Sylmar, CA (25 miles north of Los Angeles)

Position title: Human Factors Design Engineer

Duration: Full-time

Job description: Here is an opportunity for the motivated and creative
thinker to research and design novel user interaction concepts for a
suite of sophisticated and lifesaving medical products. You will be
asked to research, design and test solutions that utilize advanced
technologies across multiple platforms, such as wireless handhelds,
touch-screen tablets, web applications and IVR systems. You will also
participate in early-stage product research, and will have the
opportunity to work in clinical environments and interact with leading
surgeons, nurses and scientists.

Note: Depending on candidate experience and education, the
responsibilities and salary for this position will scale accordingly.

Summary of responsibilities:

* Work collaboratively with peers to research and develop
innovative medical products
* Plan, design and conduct usability studies for different stages
of the product development lifecycle,
e.g. early-stage generative product research, concept testing,
post-market release evaluations
* Analyze and interpret data, compile professional reports and
present research results
to cross functional teams

* Create interaction design solutions, develop user models,
interaction architectures, frameworks, and high-level prototypes that
communicate product functionality
* Document, communicate and advocate for design solutions through
dialogue with internal staff, written and verbal presentations, and GUI

* Produce comprehensive use scenarios, concept storyboards and
design specifications
* Design hardware control panels, screen layouts, icons, and
interface elements
* Conduct usability tests and apply customer feedback toward
improved product concepts
* Participate in multiple projects simultaneously across extensive
product lifecycles


* A self-starter with a minimum of 3 to 8 years work experience
conducting usability research and designing complex software tools for
medical, business or consumer products
* BS, MS/MA, Ph.D. or equivalent number of years of experience in
Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Usability Engineering,
Interaction Design, Information Design or related field
* Superb oral, written and presentation communication skills with
ability to communicate product functionality to peers and management
* Excellent conceptual design and detailed design skills for a
variety of mediums e.g. touch-screen, handhelds, web applications,
interactive voice recognition systems, etc.
* Ability to effectively persuade, explain, negotiate and monitor
design solutions
* Ability to develop creative approaches to researching complex
user experience problems
* Excellent analytical ability, especially with regard to
observation of user behavior
* In-depth knowledge of Human Factors principles including an
understanding of human performance and limitations (perceptual,
cognitive etc.)
* Ability to work across disciplines with clinical, systems and
software engineers
* Ability to effectively apply change control methods and prepare
product specification documentation
* Possess proficiency with prototyping & design tools, such as
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash, PowerPoint, Visio,
and Director
* (Required) A design portfolio that demonstrates the following:

* creative problem solving skills
* the ability to generate solid design and user interface
* an illustration of design and creative processes

Knowledge of or experience with any of the following is a plus:

* Experience working with software development teams
in an FDA regulated environment

* Experience with video capture and editing
applications and running a research lab

About the company:

Dynamic. Innovative. Devoted to uncompromising quality and customer
satisfaction. These are the characteristics that make St. Jude Medical
an international leader in devices to treat cardiac arrhythmias and the
reasons why our company is the place to be if you want a career in this
exciting sector of the medical device industry. Our technologies include
defibrillators, pacemakers, and sensors, as well as all of the software
systems and hardware platforms that are used by physicians and
clinicians to interface with implantable devices. St. Jude Medical is a
Fortune 500 company, and for two years running has been featured in the
BusinessWeek 50 list of top-performing companies.

How to apply:

For immediate consideration email your resume to Marshall Van Wormer at
mvanwormer at
Please include "Human Factors" and your name in the subject line.

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