Principal Systems Engineer, Digital Orthopedic Surgery

Johnson & Johnson   •  

Providence, RI

Industry: Biotech/Pharma


5 - 7 years

Posted 296 days ago

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 Specific responsibilities of the Principal Systems Engineer include:

  • Apply intensive and diversified knowledge of system engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and fields, in particular guiding system architecture design and the development of systems and tools that meet and exceed surgeon and patient needs, in  orthopedic domains with the initial emphasis on navigated surgery.
  • Plans and conducts significant projects with technical responsibility for interpreting, organizing, executing and coordinating milestones and seamless transfer of projects to external partners or to new product development teams. 
  • Drives system design across breadth of engineering organization, while contributing with deep technical expertise in at least one area of Mechanical, Electrical/System or Software Engineering.
  • Lead / participate in specific algorithm, mechanical, electrical or software designs depending on background and expertise.
  • Lead in identification and subsequent interactions and development activities with External partners who bring essential synergistic technologies and capabilities, and assess their integration fitness and aptitude.
  • This individual will design innovative system solutions for diagnosis and for minimal invasive surgical procedures; occasionally lead cross-functional project teams to commercialize products and help to improve or establish design and engineering best practices. 
  • Fosters a dynamic and globally oriented culture of responsible experimentation, willingness to fail, bold “out of the box” thinking, collaboration, disciplined adherence to innovation timelines, and self-starting attitude.
  • Leverages capabilities within J&J’s Medical Device sector and throughout J&J in bringing novel concepts to maturity.  Leverages J&J resources and knowledgebase to identify internal and key external technologies and potential partners.
  • Collaborates with other New Technology teams in the US and Overseas in the creation of novel concepts and the disruptive redirection of existing technologies.


  • BS/MS in Mechanical, Electrical, Biomedical or Software Engineering
  • Minimum 6 years in New Product Development, and at least 5 years in a Systems Engineering or Architecture Role.
  • Validated effectiveness in leading and collaborating across organization boundaries (e.g. project teams, functions, partner organizations). Expertise in building and maintaining relationships with internal / external stakeholders is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of system level tools and processes used for requirements management, risk management, issue tracking, test automation.
  • Expertise or deep understanding of camera systems, robotics systems, high and low level software control.
  • Software programing and prototyping. Experience with LabView or MatLab, C++, C# or other relevant languages.
  • Previous experience with surgical devices and/or procedures.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in collaborating across organizational boundaries without direct authority.
  • Experience with a medical or highly regulated environment.
  • Experience in medical software enabled surgery innovation in software/hardware development and product development setting is required.
  • Excellent negotiation skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Computer Science fundamentals in hardware, software algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis is required.
  • Extensive breadth of experience and a strong working knowledge in at least 3 of the 8 Competencies is required:
    • Systems Architecture
    • Software Engineering
    • Graphics & Human Interface
    • Mechatronics
    • Navigation
    • Imaging
  • Experience in Orthopedic related field with knowledge and experience with joint reconstruction pathologies and treatment alternatives is preferred.
  • Previous experience with product development from concept to commercial launch is required.
  • Position requires approximately 15% travel including international and based in Providence, RI.

Requisition ID: 6235171205