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Biomedical Engineer

Location: Houston Methodist Academic Institute
6670 Bertner Ave
Houston, TX 77030
Job Ref:
58372
Talent Area:
Quality and Research
Job Shift:
1st - Day
Job Type:
Full-Time
Posted Date:
July 10, 2024

At Houston Methodist, the Biomedical Engineer position is responsible for the application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field which combines the design and problem-solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy. The Biomedical Engineer position must apply the latest software programs and mathematical models to design, develop and test new materials and equipment to benefit healthcare professionals and their patients, ensuring the safety and functionality of their creations before the start of manufacturing. This position works with physicians, technicians, and manufacturers to make sure any novel product is feasible in terms of design and economic viability.

Requirements:

PEOPLE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Coordinates meetings, flow lab experiments, device testing and communication between a number of involved clinicians, researchers, engineers, and other scientific professionals.
  • Works as a member of a interprofessional team using excellent listening and speaking skills to present research findings. Writes reports, attend conferences and exhibitions to present work and latest designs to a range of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. Contributes towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement, i.e., peer-to-peer accountability.

SERVICE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Performs the design, layout, testing, and evaluation of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices or systems. Performs drawing board layout and interpretation and implementation of customer specifications and documentation requirements.
  • Adapts or designs computer hardware or software for medical science use. Ensures accurate systems and devices are in compliance with codes, ordinances, and statutes.
  • Diagnoses and interprets bioelectric data, using signal processing techniques.

QUALITY/SAFETY ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Reports research findings through scientific publication, oral presentation, and formal documents with regards to industry contracts and funded grant proposals.
  • Evaluates the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of biomedical equipment and devices. Generates reports for safe equipment management and quality improvement.
  • Participates in continuous improvement activities by identifying and appropriately escalating process and product quality gaps, providing solutions when possible.

FINANCE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Contributes in the writing of research grants and contracts.
  • Identifies cost savings or revenue opportunities within the department and Houston Methodist. Utilizes resources with cost effectiveness and value creation in mind. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, assisting coworkers as needed.

GROWTH/INNOVATION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Identifies and pursues funding for innovative future research through grant and proposal writing and collaboration with other research groups and institutions.
  • Designs and develops medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, utilizing the principles of engineering sciences.
  • Stays up-to-date with new developments in the field, nationally and internationally.
  • Seeks opportunities to identify self-development needs and takes appropriate action. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Qualifications:

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering-related field

WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Four years' experience in a healthcare-related environment; if Master's degree, no experience
  • Experience developing functional prototypes, device design review and modification, data analysis
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED
  • N/A

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - PREFERRED
  • CCE - Certified Clinical Engineer (HTCC)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Applies engineering principles and experience in evaluation of new technologies and services
  • Maintains current knowledge of regulations, laws, and standards which apply to medical instrumentation
  • Knowledgeable of and ensures compliance with all biomedical service organization policies and procedures, applicable laws, and regulations as they apply to this position
  • Ability to analyze the needs of patients and customers and provide solutions to problems
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to interact with others, including Medical Scientists, other Engineers and patients
  • Advanced presentation skills to express ideas clearly
  • Analytical skills for assessing patient needs and coming up with appropriate design solutions
  • Good listening and interpersonal skills for dealing with patients, Therapists, Physicians and other business professionals
  • Advanced math skills to analyze, design and troubleshoot work
  • Excellent problem-solving skills for addressing problems in complex biological systems

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

WORK ATTIRE

  • Uniform No
  • Scrubs Yes
  • Business professional Yes
  • Other (department approved) No

ON-CALL*
*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

  • On Call* No

TRAVEL**
**Travel specifications may vary by department**

  • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area No
  • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area No

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Academic Institute oversees the Education Institute and Research Institute, including 772 faculty and 56,250 learners. The Academic Institute aligns our research and education initiatives in service to the clinical mission, providing solutions that answer the call for new technologies and skills our clinicians need for patient care.

Houston Methodist Education Institute coordinates our primary academic affiliation with Weill Cornell Medicine and other joint programs, including the Engineering Medicine Program at Texas A&M University Intercollegiate School of Engineering Medicine. The Education Institute also oversees continuing medical education and graduate medical education, and supports more than 1,000 trainees in residence for medical, nursing, allied health and research education programs.

Houston Methodist Research Institute supports research programs and infrastructure that enable faculty across the system to bring new scientific discoveries to patients as rapidly as possible through the full cycle of a cure from conceptual bench research, to prototyping and development, to clinical trials and FDA approval. The Research Institute supports more than 1,387 clinical research protocols and $70.3 million in extramurally funded translational research programs.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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