JOB:Principal Human Factors Specialist, Medtronic, full time

29 Aug 2007 - 1:29pm
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Currie, Suzanne

To IxDA-ers,

If you are interested in this role -- designing and evaluating medical
products -- but have some questions like "how much human factors vs.
user experience design is involved?", please don't hesitate to ask.
Cheers, 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. 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.

Principal Human Factors Scientist

Position Description
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, 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.
3. 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).
4. 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.
5. 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
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 definition, design and evaluation of products.
5. 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
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.

TO APPLY: Submit your resume at
<outbind://2/> . 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.


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Suzanne Currie, Principal Human Factors Specialist
Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management
Office 763.505.8508
Cell 720.384.7465
Fax 763.505.8645
suzanne.currie at


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