Research Intern

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America

Cardiac Management Solutions

The Cardiac Management Solutions division of ZOLL Medical Corporation develops products to protect and manage cardiac patients, including the LifeVest® wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD), the ZOLL cardiac monitor, and associated technologies.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. At ZOLL, your work will help to ensure cardiac patients get the life-saving therapy they need. To date, the LifeVest WCD has been worn by hundreds of thousands of patients and saved thousands of lives.

ZOLL has been Pittsburgh’s Manufacturer of the Year, one of Western PA’s Healthiest Employers, and even one of Pittsburgh’s Coolest Offices. But it’s our unique opportunity to impact people’s lives that makes ZOLL the ideal place to build your career.

Job purpose

Apply signal processing and machine learning techniques to develop new algorithms for understanding ECG and other medical data.  These algorithms improve outcomes and quality of life for our patients.

Duties and responsibilities

  • With direction from permanent staff, conduct applied research on algorithms to detect / predict patient conditions.

  • Study published work to inform research plans.

  • Collaborate with teams of Physicians, Software Engineers, Data Scientists, and Machine Learning Specialists, to understand needs, develop plans, and execute research projects.

  • Participate in the development of system architectures for training, testing, and deploying machine learning models.

  • Manage aspects of research projects including scope, resources, and schedule.

  • Comply with development processes, tools, and best practices within the R&D organization.


  • B.S. Degree, in computer engineering / computer science or related field with an emphasis on digital signal processing and machine learning.  Enrollment in an M.S. or Ph.D. degree program that includes training in machine learning theory and application.

  • Typically, some practical experience with machine learning or signal processing in industry or an academic lab.

  • Proficiency with object-oriented and scripting languages, preferably Python.

  • Exposure to cloud computing and big data analysis. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

Working conditions

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Physical requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Supervisory responsibility

No Direct Supervisory Responsibility

AAP/EEO Statement

ZOLL is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace, where unique identities, backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences are respected and valued.

 Equal Opportunity Employer – Disability and Veteran