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Staff Software Engineer

Location: Chelmsford, MA

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.

Fueled by the success of the business, the ZOLL R&D team is growing rapidly. ZOLL’s ongoing investment in Research and Development aims to further increase the array of clinical products and applications in tandem with expanding the population of cardiac patients that may be helped by our products.  Our Pittsburgh based R&D group is comprised of an exceptional team of talented, collaborative, and driven individuals focused on developing real world solutions through the creative and intelligent use of technology that helps to improve patient lives.

We are actively seeking technical contributors at all levels and across many disciplines (including enterprise/web and embedded software, electrical/hardware, mechanical/industrial, test, systems engineering, project/program management, human factors, systems analysis, and technical writing among others). You will be developing new and improved products and services, solving technically challenging problems, and working with an outstanding team of technical professionals who are dedicated to protecting patients from sudden cardiac death and saving lives.

The specific duties vary across roles. However, there are some common traits applicable to all:

  • You need to be well grounded in your technical discipline, ideally through a mix of education and a demonstrated successful track record of performance.
  • Your passion for your craft will be obvious. You need to be able to juggle multiple responsibilities at once in an exciting, invigorating environment of rapid growth.
  • You must be able to achieve timely results under high standards of workmanship that are accountable to both regulatory agencies and ultimately our patients.

Here are some specific opportunities currently available at ZOLL LifeVest. We have multiple positions open at each level. If any of these positions sound like a fit for you, please send us a paragraph or two with specific examples explaining why along with your resume.

At ZOLL LifeVest, our vision is to revolutionize the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest, which is the single largest cause of death in the United States.  On any given day, tens of thousands of people are protected from sudden cardiac death by wearing the LifeVest.  As a result of our success, we are growing fast and need technical contributors and lead engineers at all levels who can help us get ahead and stay ahead of our growth.  You will be solving hard problems, making existing products and services better, and developing new products and services that help sustain our growth.  Your work will literally save lives.  Naturally, the specifics duties vary from positions to position.  However, there are some common traits applicable to all positions:

  • You need to be well grounded in your technical discipline, ideally through a mix of education and a track record of solid performance.  Your passion for your craft will be obvious.
  • You need to be able to juggle multiple responsibilities at once.  Growth can be chaotic at time!
  • You must be able to achieve timely results under a high standard of workmanship that is ultimately accountable to regulatory agencies and our patients.  Lifesaving medical devices are a serious business.

Here are some specific opportunities currently available at ZOLL LifeVest.  We have multiple positions open at each level.  If any of these positions sound like a fit for you, send us a paragraph or two with specific examples explaining why, along with your resume.

Software Engineer

We need Software Engineers to design, implement, test and support the embedded software that runs our LifeVest product line as well as the utilities to configure and test them.  You will also assist with documentation, including specifications, test procedures, and reports.  Our primary languages are C and C++, so you should be proficient in both of them.  You will also use shell scripting and Python.  You will be working on embedded systems, so experience with various microprocessor hardware architectures, bare-metal programming, and real-time operating systems is beneficial.  You will need to understand various hardware/software interfaces and data communication protocols.  We are an agile organization that employs a variety of methodologies including Scrum and Kanban.  You will work on a multi-disciplined engineering team, and will collaborate on schedule development and effort estimation.  In addition, you will interact with other groups including marketing, manufacturing, and tech support.  The ability to clearly communicate with others is essential.

Staff Software Engineer

Staff Software Engineers are hand-on developers who also provide technical leadership of development activities, including providing technical direction to less experienced engineers. You will assume responsibility for such things as feature implementation, critical bugs and investigations, and driving development activities to successful closure. You understand the impact of your technical decisions on current and future products. You investigates new technologies to determine their feasibility. Your expertise will be relied upon to develop software schedules and estimates. In addition, you will provide technical support to other departments.

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineers take a lead role in overseeing engineering projects of all kinds.  You architect technical specifications and designs for LifeVest products.  You lead design studies and determine tradeoffs for future products.  You define development schedules, manage milestones and risks, and help drive projects to completion.  You are a technical guru, a mentor to other engineers, and a technical point of contact with other departments.  You are a key contributor to software processes and best practices used by the department, and you help oversee compliance to applicable regulatory standards and guidance documents.  There are several rungs on the senior engineer career progression ladder based on skills and experience.

 Responsible for the design, debug and support of software components and utilities used in the LifeVest system.  Additional responsibilities include the development and maintenance of software documentation, software schedule development and providing technical support to other departments within the organization.            

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designs and codes components, units and modules that meet product specification and development schedules. 
  • Tests and debugs assigned components and units.  Participates in large system and subsystem planning. 
  • Adhere to product build and release schedules and strategies. 
  • Acts as a technical resource for lower-level developers.
  • Scopes out work, resources and time required to complete projects. Identifies and recommends efficiency improvements and schedule risk mitigations.
  • Conducts root cause failure analysis on devices.
  • Supports engineering and other departments on sustaining activities.
  • Works under some supervision on moderately complex projects with work checked periodically with an expectation of minimal error rates
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Management.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  No direct reports, however technical supervision of junior engineers is required.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Educations and/or Experience:

Required

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer or electrical engineering or equivalent.
  • 6-10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experienced (4+ years) with C and or C++, 4+ years preferred for C++.

Preferred

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in computer engineering
  • Project management
  • Experience leading a small development team of engineers (3-4)
  • Medical device
  • Handheld or wearable devices
  • Systems engineering
  • Experience with embedded systems in some or all of the following
    • In-circuit emulators in embedded systems.
    • Good understanding of microprocessor hardware architectures (preferably ARM).
    • Embedded user interface design
    • Embedded Linux development
  • Software quality
    • Unit testing and test automation
    • IEC medical software standards or other software quality standards
    • Static, dynamic code and code coverage during testing analysis
    • Good code style practices

Language Skills:  Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:  To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Physical Demands:

  • 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; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

  • 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.

 

ZOLL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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