Principal R&D Design Engineer

Molecular Devices

Molecular Devices

Hoegaarden, Belgium
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

Be part of something altogether life-changing!

Working at Cytiva means being at the forefront of providing new solutions to transform human health. Our incredible customers undertake life-saving activities ranging from fundamental biological research to developing innovative vaccines, new medicines, and cell and gene therapies.

At Cytiva you will be able to continuously improve yourself and us – working on challenges that truly matter with people that care for each other, our customers, and their patients. With associates across 40+ countries, Cytiva is a place where every day is a learning opportunity – so you can grow your career and expand your skills in the long term.

Forming part of the Biotechnology segment at Danaher, we bring together dedicated technical expertise and talent to develop the next generation of life-changing therapeutics.

As a Principal Design Engineer for Cytiva you will spearhead the design and development of cutting-edge hardware and disposable devices. Your role will involve cross-functional collaboration and engagement with executive leadership to ensure seamless communication. From conception to manufacturing transfer, you will oversee the entire development process, managing specifications, detailed design, and industrialization. Your responsibilities will include problem-solving, risk reduction, and potentially contributing to intellectual property development. Operating within industry standards, you will also drive innovation to deliver high-quality, novel products.

This position is part of the R&D department located in Hoegaarden, Belgium and will be hybrid. At Cytiva, our vision is, to advance future therapeutics from discovery to delivery.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Lead design processes for projects involving plastics and stainless-steel fabrication, ensuring adherence to fundamental design principles, quality and regulatory requirements, and industry standards while exemplifying exceptional CAD skills to create detailed and innovative designs. Incorporate both individual expertise and collaborative input from cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrate adept planning and time management skills to meet project deadlines independently and as the leading part within a project team, while architecting product development and system verification & validation strategies. Manage and lead defect resolution, trace matrix, and support design transfer.
  • Lead requirement management and technical scope definition across multi-site, cross-functional teams from product inception through commercial launch.
  • Cultivate a creative problem-solving approach, consistently contributing inventive ideas and solutions to overcome design challenges aligned with the long-term product and technology development roadmap.
  • Maintain transparency and open communications in project activities, interfacing broadly with peers and stakeholders across departments globally and with external partners. Clearly convey complex concepts, resolve problems, address conflicting requirements, and communicate business demands and technical risks/issues. Energize and motivate your teammates, inspiring them to work toward the project goals.

The essential requirements of the job include:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, or a related field, with a long-standing track record of direct experience in Design Engineering, including designing and launching products, and proven experience leading technical resources and teams.
  • Broad and extensive knowledge of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, materials, manufacturing processes, and tolerancing, with a proven track record of successful designs in plastics, stainless steel, and/or sheet metal.
  • Expertise in using CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, Inventor) to create precise and optimized designs and drawings, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated proactive and creative mindset, showcasing a passion for continuous learning, and keeping up to date with industry trends, new technologies, and innovative design methodologies.
  • Experience with regulatory standards and requirements, along with proficiency in statistical analysis, Design of Experiments (DOE), impact assessment, root cause analysis, and risk management/Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

At Cytiva we believe in designing a better, more sustainable workforce. We recognize the benefits of flexible, hybrid working arrangements for eligible roles and are committed to providing enriching careers, no matter the work arrangement. This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement in which you can work part-time at the Company location identified above and part-time remotely from your home. Additional information about this hybrid work arrangement will be provided by your interview team. Explore the flexibility and challenge that working for Cytiva can provide.

At Danaher we bring together science, technology and operational capabilities to accelerate the real-life impact of tomorrow’s science and technology. We partner with customers across the globe to help them solve their most complex challenges, architecting solutions that bring the power of science to life. Our global teams are pioneering what’s next across Life Sciences, Diagnostics, Biotechnology and beyond. For more information, visit

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