Research Engineer

Intellectual Ventures (IV) Laboratory is part of Intellectual Ventures’ efforts to support invention. IV Lab works on the very beginning stages of invention, validating the concept and refining the technology to demonstrate its potential for commercial or humanitarian use.  IV Lab believes in the power of independent and unconventional approaches to problems.  The broad range of Intellectual Ventures’ invention activity provides IV Lab the opportunity for a breadth of expertise across fields including computer network security, computational modeling, electrical and mechanical engineering, software development, chemistry, microbiology, materials science, nanotechnology, physics, medical devices, and aerospace engineering.  IV Lab’s unique environment has attracted veteran technologists and scientists from leading companies and renowned academic, government and private laboratories.

The Thermal Control Group (TCG) invents, designs, analyzes, prototypes, and tests new and groundbreaking thermal and mechanical devices to solve global health and global development challenges. TCG staff members are skilled in thermal, mechanical and/or electrical engineering and design and typically have a degree in a related engineering field. They turn “art to part” in bringing together creative technical problem solving with prototype development with experience in the unique design and environmental needs of the developing world. TCG staff members run the professional experience spectrum from junior designers focused on a particular engineering tool set, all the way up to senior project managers who can define a project from limited business problem information and potentially manage it all the way through to commercialization handoff.

The Research Engineer will be responsible for both leading and delivering deep and broad mechanical and thermal engineering skills and content to projects within the TCG at IV Lab through design, analysis, manufacturing liaison, testing, and field demonstrations. The successful candidate must have strong, demonstrated engineering skills in design and be able to use those skills to confidently and clearly advocate in an extremely technical, collaborative environment. The successful candidate will have manufacturing experience and a history of building successful, clever hardware.  Proven experience leading and participating in collaborative, multi-functional teams is also a necessity.  A candidate having knowledge of and experience working in developing countries is a substantial plus.


  • Perform engineering tasks to an agreed upon schedule and budget
  • Design parts, assemblies, test hardware, and manufacturing tooling that meet requirements using engineering principles and a thorough understanding of first order relationships between critical parameters
  • Work with others to develop analysis of hardware using thermal and structural Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Design for Manufacturing (DFM) tools to reduce cost, weight, and manufacturing error
  • Design and perform validation and acceptance testing to verify both the validity of the hardware design and the quality of the manufacturing
  • Potentially travel to the Developing World to field test hardware and collect feedback from users
  • Be responsible for overall project execution and lead projects
  • Both lead and participate in cross-functional technology development teams to help move projects from concept into prototyping and product development
  • Clearly communicate/present product development updates to internal and external team members within the Lab as well as key stakeholders and commercial partners.
  • Submit drawings and execute projects in compliance with relevant standards (notably ASME Y14.5 and IV Lab standards)
  • Work with Portfolio office to help refine TPPs to ensure that the product vision aligns with the target users, use case, and target geographies
  • Work with the Commercialization office and commercialization partners to ensure smooth transition from prototype to product.
  • Coordinate with Program Management Office to ensure adequate reporting on project execution and resourcing


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering plus 7+ year experience required; advanced degree is a plus
  • Prior experience as an engineering project lead
  • Experience with Human Centered Design and designing with the user in mind
  • Prior experience working in the developing world a strong plus
  • Demonstrated experience designing parts/systems with thermal components
  • Consistent professional trajectory as a Engineering lead, Mechanical Engineer, R&D Engineer or related title with experience in mechanical design
  • Strongly demonstrated capability with a 3-D CAD package, such as Solidworks (preferred), Pro/E, Catia, Unigraphics, or similar
  • Ability to design, execute, and analyze experiments in order understand physical phenomena relevant to research of interest, reduce risk, and demonstrate performance of prototypes
  • Demonstrated teamwork
  • Experience producing drawings and reviewing the drawings of others for engineering rigor, portability, quality measurement, and repeatability
  • Experience with MS Office and MS Project
  • Experience with agricultural device, medical devices, and or complex electro-mechanical devices is a plus
  • Plastic injection molding, laserjet, or 3D printing experience is a plus
  • Expertise with Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) is a plus
  • Expertise with a mechanical design file management system such as Enterprise Product Data Management (EPDM) is a plus

Intellectual Ventures is an equal opportunity employer. 

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