Director, Research & Development

Position Title: Director, R&D 
Department:  Research & Development
Reports to:  Chief Technology Officer
Status:   Exempt
Position Summary:

The Director of Research and Development oversees the planning and execution of all R&D projects. This includes balancing and coordinating priorities, assigning duties to team members and ensuring deadlines are met.  This role reports to the Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for partnering with the other functional departments in the organization (quality, regulatory, operations, marketing and finance) to successfully deliver innovative products that advance the Company’s mission of radically changing the way vascular disease is treated.

Core Job Responsibilities:

  • Work effectively with the Chief Technology Officer, marketing and senior management to define the product roadmap and engineering priorities
  • Manage engineering team and development projects to ensure high-quality innovative products are continually developed on schedule and within budget
  • Implement appropriate engineering processes, documentation and management disciplines to ensure reliability, efficiency and innovation in product design
  • Continually explore ways to design innovation and technological superiority into the products.
  • Periodically observe clinical procedures to understand first-hand the needs of customers, and to ensure that all products meet or exceed customer expectations
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BS Degree in software design, electrical or mechanical engineering, or imaging sciences required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in the development of medical technology products with a track record of meeting deadlines on time and on budget
  • Minimum of three years of experience managing engineering professionals and bringing innovative products to market
  • Excellent management skills with the ability to pull a team together and consistently produce optimal results
  • Proven track record of establishing and maintaining comprehensive document controls
  • Comprehensive knowledge of development and regulatory processes for Class II medical devices
  • Experience in developing and/or working with digital imaging equipment and radiographic sensors a plus
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Highly motivated self-starter, organized, disciplined, results-oriented
  • Team player with strong work ethic.  Hands-on manager who leads by example

Other Responsibilities:

  • Understand the job specific quality system procedures and processes as defined in the Training Matrix and adhere to the requirements listed in those documents.
  • Maintain corporate confidentiality at all times.

Living Avinger’s Culture:

As a member of the Avinger team, employees agree to embrace and live out the core values of Avinger, which are:

  • Patients first
  • Collaborate
  • Educate
  • Be Open Minded

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