Research and Development Engineer

Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

About the Job

Research and Development Engineer

The Wellman Center for Photomedicine is a multidisciplinary research center at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Anderson lab develops novel wound healing technologies from concept to clinical deployment. Many of these technologies have been successfully translated into commercially available medical devices, advancing patient care.

Position Summary: This is an entry level position for a Mechanical Design Engineer with a focus on Research and Development of medical devices and methods. The Research Engineer is expected to have working history of design development. The Research Engineer is expected to follow new devices through concept development, requirements definition, detail design, prototype manufacturing, debug, verification, deployment, and continuing support. The primary responsibility of the Research Engineer is the development of new methods and devices for precise manipulation of tissue during grafting procedures. 


Interested candidates are encouraged to send a CV accompanied by a cover letter describing any related experience.  Address correspondence to Dr. Walfre Franco ( 

Equal Opportunity Employer: The MGH/Harvard/Wellman Center for Photomedicine is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, handicapped and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Position Responsibilities

  • Designs, develops and tests all aspects of mechanical components, methods, and devices.
  • Conducts required experiments to validate methods and devices.
  • Applies knowledge of engineering principles to design devices.
  • Proficient in creating and modifying assembly and system level models utilizing verbal or written instructions and existing documentation.
  • Creates detail drawings, bills of material, assembly drawings, and assembly procedures.
  • Designs, performs, and documents engineering tests.
  • Independently performs engineering calculations for stress, strain, force, torque, thermal, and fluid flow problems creating appropriate models to be analyzed.
  • Relies on judgment to plan and accomplish goals while performing a variety of complicated tasks.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected to be used while meeting assignment goals. 


  • A BS or MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field.
  • Experience level - entry to 5 years.
  • Experience with SolidWorks, 2+ years preferred.
  • Familiar with common and some specialized processes for manufacturing mechanical components, such as additive manufacturing, machining, micro-machining, and injection molding.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Cross functional skills to communicate effectively with other engineers and physicians.
  • Team player that enjoys collaboration and achieving mutual success.