JOB: Principal Human Factors Scientist, Minneapolis MN, Medtronic, Full Time

22 Jan 2007 - 10:33am
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Currie, Suzanne

Hello Interaction Designers.

Have you ever considered working for a medical products company? Medtronic the world's leading medical technology company.
And have you considered living in Minneapolis? The quality of life in Minneapolis is a best-kept-secret in the US.

Read through the job description below and get in touch if you are curious about this position.

The Human Factors group at Medtronic's Cardiac Rhythm and Disease Management (CRDM) business division is made up of about 17 professionals with varied backgrounds, including: human factors, kinesiology, anthropology, ergonomics, architecture, and others.

Happy to take inquiries, so get in touch.

Suzanne Currie
Principal Human Factors Specialist
Ph: +1 763.505.8508
suzanne.currie at


Medtronic. Careers with a passion for life.

As the world's leading medical technology company, we provide lifelong solutions to people with chronic disease. We also are dedicated to the total well- being of our employees and have been recognized as a Fortune "Best 100 Companies to Work For in America." Work with the kind of people who not only love what they do but why they do it.

Position Title: Principal Human Factors Scientist

1. Responsible for human factors activities across product lifecycles and across Medtronic's product range.
2. Human Factors responsibilities across the product lifecycle include customer needs identification, user and workplace profiles, task analysis and scenario development, user interface design, usability testing and post-launch outcomes analysis.
3. Human Factors responsibilities across the range of Medtronic products include developing physical user interfaces of implanted and external products, graphic user interfaces, product graphics and learning aids.
4. 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, user interface design, and usability evaluation).
5. 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.
6. 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.)

1. 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.
2. Lead several human factors engineering activities at once in the product development lifecycle including identifying, planning, monitoring, and executing tasks for entire project.
3. Develop technical solutions to complex, system-wide usability problems that require ingenuity and creativity.
4. Apply advanced knowledge of biomedical/human factors engineering principles, cardiac rhythm management systems, and human factors engineering processes to the definition, design and evaluation of products.
5. Perform other job-related duties or special projects as required.

Master's degree 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, and 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.

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

With people like you, who have purpose, potential and passion, we'll supply physicians and their patients around the world with the means to extend life, restore health and alleviate pain. We currently have multiple position openings in a variety of locations.

TO APPLY, visit select Requisition #53111 and "Apply to this 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.

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