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Title:  Senior Scientist - US Endoscopy

Req ID:  7363
Category:  Research & Development/Scientific
City:  Mentor
State:  OH
Postal Code:  44060

Our Mission:   At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.                                                                                      

Who we are:  STERIS is a growing provider of infection prevention and other procedural products and services through our family of wholly owned subsidiaries.


Position Summary

The Senior Scientist, Technical Innovation is responsible for supporting constant new product development through innovative material usage and developing technical expertise in US Endoscopy’s product segments.  As the specialist in materials and possibly biomimicry, the Senior Scientist, Technical Innovation will work directly with the NPD team, clinicians and cross-functional teams to enhance the sophistication and compliance of new, unique GI endoscopy devices solutions to meet the customer’s varying unmet needs.



US Endoscopy’s current technology fits our product offering and allows us to maintain control over our key processes.  Continuing to adapt our process to strategically valuable technologies is critical in meeting our future growth needs. 

  • Provide expertise needed to support areas such as materials and plastics selection, biocompatibility, coatings and surface treatments to help effectively address the technical needs of the organization.
  • Utilize scientific knowledge and analytical skills to address inquiries with respect to chemical compatibility, regulatory compliance and provide the needed support documentation and/or direct verification testing, as appropriate
  • Assist in maintaining and strategically expanding US Endoscopy’s intellectual property.  Work closely with internal and external legal counsel as needed with respect to materials, to ensure a strong patent portfolio.


Product Design and Development

US Endoscopy is committed to constant product development that will allow us to stay ahead of our competition in providing new, unique GI endoscopy device solutions.  Success in product design and development will be critical to the organizations future growth.

  • Help drive product development excellence throughout the organization.
  • Proactively coordinate, direct, and perform design activities with respect to materials to increase engineering and quality rigor, to increase speed to market, and to anticipate technical hurdles.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to the various stakeholders with respect to materials selection throughout the development process.
  • Support the projects and NPD teams to drive good decisions through biocompatibility guidance, materials selection, regulatory compliance, and robust design criteria.
  • Work with clinicians to obtain feedback on current designs or prototypes, to better understand unmet market needs that are driving a particular project, to observe/develop enhanced performance through expanded materials usage.
  • Knowledge, and/or expertise in Biomimicry is highly desired. 
  • Support the development and implementation of US Endoscopy’s overall New Product Development strategy and organization.


US Endoscopy’s mission includes making our company “A Great Place to Work.”  Support for this initiative at senior levels in the organization is critical in providing our employee’s a uniquely satisfying experience.

  • Treat all employees with respect, encouraging them to seek simple solutions and empowering them to impact the business with creativity and extraordinary effort.
  • Assist in developing the technical expertise throughout the organization by coaching/mentoring engineers at all levels and in all groups.
  • Ensure that the design engineers and cross-functional teams adhere to our customer-focused approach to problem solving and product design.
  • Consult with stakeholders from internal departments to develop products/approaches that are compatible with policies, procedures, quality standards, and performance expectations.
  • Foster teamwork throughout the organization through positive interactions with other functions to improve the materials selection and testing protocols for the Stage/Gate process and its associated cross-functional teams.
  • Foster open, honest, and timely communication throughout the organization.

Required Experience

Education and/or Experience

  • Master of Science degree in material science, polymer chemistry, biomimicry or related field is required.  PhD degree is desired.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in medical device industry or equivalent field.
  • Familiarity and competency with GLP; regulations and standards published by FDA, USP, AAMI, ANSI, ASTM, ISO and environmental agencies (i.e. RoHS, REACH, Prop 65) is a plus.
  • Proven ability to provide support and guidance within the organization regarding regulatory compliance as it pertains to biocompatibility and materials related issues associated with medical devices.
  • Knowledge and experience with Biomimicry is preferred
  • Comprehensive understanding of the medical device regulations with respect to biocompatibility and the ability to identify and assess emerging standards is preferred.  This is needed to help proactively drive strategy with respect to material selection and compliance.
  • Ability to work with outside agencies and vendors to coordinate appropriate testing and protocol reports
  • Ability to participate on and lead process improvement teams to implement sound material selection activities using Lean and Six Sigma methods.
  • Review and approve initial release or changes to Material Specifications or other related revision-controlled documentations and deviations.
  • Ability to coordinate research/development activities with outside agencies for cutting-edge materials/properties
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to occasionally travel domestically and internationally to observe clinical usage, attend conferences, network with key physicians, and develop/assess new technology/products.

Computer Skills

  • Fluent in Microsoft Office Applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)



STERIS plc is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with more than 14,000 employees worldwide.  We are dedicated to providing our Customers with innovative infection prevention, decontamination, and health science technologies, products and services.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity. 

We assure you that your opportunity for employment depends solely on your qualifications. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation(s) to complete this application and/or during the interview process should notify a representative of the Human Resources department at 440-392-7047.

Req ID:  7363
Category:  Research & Development/Scientific
City:  Mentor
State:  OH
Postal Code:  44060

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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