Senior R&D Technician (Valve Assembly)

October 22nd, 2018

HLT, Inc. is a clinical-trial stage company founded in Minnesota in 2002. We manufacture a transcatheter heart valve system, consisting of a catheter-based delivery system and heart valve, to treat aortic valve disease.  The procedure is performed by an interventional cardiologist / cardiac surgeon in a cardiac catheterization laboratory, and is expected to be both less invasive and less costly than an open heart valve replacement procedure.  The company currently employs approximately 100 people in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

In 2010 HLT was acquired by The Bracco Group, an international company active in the healthcare sector through Bracco Imaging. The group employs more than 3,300 employees worldwide and has annual total consolidated revenues of more than $1 billion.

HLT seeks passionate and talented people who can start contributing from day one. We want innovators seeking to advance the state of the art to improve patient outcomes.

Position Summary

This position will support the R&D team and cross-functional team by conducting activities critical to valve development and testing and quality/manufacturing.  The primary responsibilities will be developing designs and manufacturing techniques, running experiments, and helping transition designs to manufacturing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Valve Component, Material and Assembly Investigation

  • Develop valve tissue designs and manufacturing (sewing) processes
  • Implement established test protocols on sewing materials and methods
  • Analyze and organize test results and convey results to project lead
  • Support development of new and revised assembly and sewing methods for material and valve component characterization
  • Propose and implement improvements to manufacturing equipment and procedures
  • Support R&D engineers on tasks related to developing relationships between tissue material properties and product performance
  • Train and monitor transition of R&D designs to manufacturing

Documentation and Project Management Support

  • Write or modify R&D experiments as needed
  • Write protocols and reports related to above activities
  • Communicate status of activities, key learning’s and make any recommendations to project team members

Quality, Compliance, and Regulated Practices

  • Perform work in adherence to the Quality Management System (QMS), including development and maintenance of documentation
  • Provide equipment and test method validation to meet requirements regulated by FDA, UL, CE, and other governing bodies as defined by management
  • Committed to fostering and driving an environment and work output based on continuous improvement

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)


  • 5 years of experience as a R&D technician or production operator
  • Adept in small component handling and working under microscopes
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to remain productive with minimal supervision
  • Ability to coordinate and execute multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and technical writing skills


  • Two-year technical degree
  • 5+ years of experience as a technician in the medical device industry
  • Experience working on projects supporting Class III medical devices
  • Experience with biological valve assembly, especially porcine and/or bovine tissue
  • Working knowledge of materials such as Nitinol, polyesters, and/or biological tissue
  • Experience in material characterization

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