Software and Development Engineer Medical Device

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 22 Aug 2022

Software and Development Engineer Medical Device

The Wyss Zurich Translational Center is a joint accelerator of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, which was made possible by a generous donation from the Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. hc. mult. Hansjörg Wyss. The mission of Wyss Zurich is to drive the clinical translation and technology transfer of outstanding scientific discoveries into new therapies for patients and breakthrough innovations in the emerging fields of Regenerative Medicine and Robotics, and to promote hybrid technologies in these fields. Wyss Zurich brings together some of the world’s leading experts to form multidisciplinary teams, pooling their knowledge and expertise. For further information: wysszurich.uzh.ch .


Project background

Liver4Life is a Wyss Zurich project since 2015. The multidisciplinary team develops novel therapeutic strategies for liver regeneration consisting of:

  • Surgical resection of a small healthy piece of the liver from the patient
  • Growth of this piece outside of the body in a perfusion machine until a sufficient size is reached
  • Retransplantation of the regenerated liver to the original patient while removing the remaining diseased part. Current perfusion systems are not able to keep a liver alive outside of the body for a sufficient time (5-7 days) to allow growth and regeneration to occur.

With our developed perfusion devices, we are able to preserve a liver outside of the body for up to seven days prior to transplantation. The perfusion device is fully automated and supplies the liver with nutrients, drugs, hormones and oxygen.

The next step in the project is a clinical study as final proof of the preservation technology. To this end, the perfusion device needs to qualify for use in a clinical study. Safety and performance of the device has to be shown with respect to all applicable regulations and norms.


Job description
  • Manage software development and hardware integration of the perfusion (medical) device
  • Maintain existing Matlab/Simulink code base and understand code swiftly to a level where you can apply changes to the software and associated electronics
  • Develop embedded software to integrate and control relevant machine components
  • Integrate hardware components into existing perfusion system
  • Contribute to concept, prototype and product development in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Collaborate with regulatory and quality experts
  • Participate in perfusion runs

We offer

Become part of a young, interdisciplinary team consisting of surgeons, biologists and engineers to work at the forefront of translational medicine.


Your profile
  • MSc in Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics
  • Experience with embedded software development in Matlab/Simulink and C
  • Deep understanding of control systems
  • Experience in software development in the medical device industry is a strong plus (IEC 62304)
  • Familiarity to work in a regulated environment, including experience with key standards, e.g. ISO 14971 and ISO 13485
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary work and willingness to dive into new topics and understand medical requirements
  • Passionate about best practice software development practices and technologies
  • Good interpersonal skills, teamwork, multi-cultural compatibility
  • Fluency in German and English
  • Flexibility, motivated and self-driven attitude

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in
science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education,
cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge
into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our
university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an
environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe,
yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to
develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV
  • letter of motivation
  • track records

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Liver4Life can be found on our website .

For recruitment services, the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.


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