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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Pediatric Surgery Innovation Program offers a one-year full-time Innovation Fellowship training program to develop medical technologies which will significantly impact the health of pediatric patients. Working on a nimble team representing medical and engineering disciplines, the action learning approach begins with a deep understanding of the unmet medical need and progresses through design, prototyping, regulatory and business planning on the way to full commercialization. Graduates of the program go on to start entrepreneurial companies, lead innovation within industry, inspire design thinking or shape health strategy in non-profits and NGOs. 

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  •  2:1 Match on retirement savings.

Responsibilities*

Active participation in the fundamentals of the Biomedical Innovation program:

  • Front-end innovation training
  • Medical domain specific curriculum with academic and industry thought leaders
  • Formal training in human-centric observation techniques
  • Identifying opportunities through clinical immersion
  • Needs identification, concept generation and concept selection
  • Design and prototype lab hands-on training
  • Intellectual property strategy
  • Research and development strategy
  • Regulatory and reimbursement strategy
  • Business strategy and business plan development
  • Personal interactions / tours with industry

This program draws on the strengths of the University of Michigan's renowned schools and colleges to develop a new type of medical innovator with the knowledge and integrated, cross-disciplinary skills necessary to transform problems into practical solutions and discoveries into products.  This intensive program provides practical training through experiential learning that allows innovation knowledge to be applied to the medical arena and beyond.  The engineering fellow will also support continuing engineering projects generated from MPED and assist with needs in the pediatric surgery section.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in engineering, and 1 to 3 years of related experience
  • A curious mind and an enthusiastic work ethic
  • Comfort with ambiguity and complex problems
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of professionals/disciplines
  • Team player in diverse team environment
  • Strong communicator, both written and verbal

Desired Qualifications*

PhD in a related field to engineering.  Preference for Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering degrees.  

Additional Information

In addition to a resume and/or cover letter, please include in the application two essays (1-page max apiece) that addresses the following questions:

Essay 1 Innovation:  Why is health technology innovation an important part of your career pathway?

Essay 2 Leadership: Describe a personal experience where you have played a key role as a leader or major contributor to a team. How did you build rapport with your colleagues? Include specific examples.

This is a term-limited appointment.  At the end of the stated term, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.