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Fresenius Medical Care North America R&D Engineering Co-op, Human Factors/Usability Engineering in Lawrence, Massachusetts


NxStage Medical is not your typical medical products company. We are a close-knit team of talented professionals driven by a shared commitment: to lead a movement to dramatically improve renal care with innovative yet simple therapeutic solutions that benefit patients, caregivers, and society. We pursue this goal through a passionate commitment to Innovate, Educate and Advocate for the breakthroughs that are redefining renal care. Additionally, NxStage works in community with its customers, patients, industry partners, and government leaders and agencies to realize the vision of better, simpler, more accessible renal care.

Position Summary:

The co-op supports product or process development activities related to the development, design, research and manufacturing of NxStage Medical's new and existing products. As part of the R&D team, this involves participating in research, testing, documenting activities, building samples, and other activities as needed by the project team. Co-ops will support the Human Factors and Usability engineering team.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development of new medical equipment or disposables and/or upgrades to existing products.

  • Assist with major projects, or phases of projects, to resolve advanced and complex technical problems

  • Support Human Factors and Usability Engineering to develop and write Human-Systems Interaction technical documentation, make revisions to existing documentation, and provide input to technical analyses, as assigned.

  • Create comprehensive profiles on current devices in the market (includes creation of task analyses and video walkthroughs)

  • Assist with heuristic reviews of current user interfaces (hardware, disposables and displays)

  • Leverage perception, cognition and action to evaluate and document current user interfaces

  • Prepare, organize, and document observations from user evaluations, as required.

  • Create and organize data via spreadsheet management tools

  • Ensure all design activities conform to design controls; and that all analysis, design and testing activities are properly documented.

  • Participate in activities to ensure design and process shortcomings are identified and appropriately addressed.

  • Assist the product development team in the adoption and use of best practices and design methodologies.

  • Provide technical support for product engineering, design development, integration, test and evaluation.

  • Investigate the feasibility of new projects, systems or approaches.

  • Learn about and work in ways that are compliant with internal and external standards, good manufacturing practices, and quality system regulations.


  • Candidate for BS or MS in Industrial, Systems, Biomedical, Human Factors/Usability, System Safety Engineering, or Human-Centered Design and Engineering, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, or Engineering Psychology.

  • At minimum, completed Sophomore year of Bachelors degree in relevant discipline.

  • Entry level understanding of product and process development of medical devices is preferred.

  • Beginning understanding of system design, electronics, mechanical and software integration and manufacturing processes.

  • Excellent technical communication skills and attention to detail, including creating and editing technical research, analyses, protocols, and reports.

  • Excellent attention to detail and organization skills, including creating databases and mining large sources of data

  • Basic understanding of task analyses, usability testing and iterative development process is a plus.

  • Basic knowledge of rapid prototyping process; CAD experience is a plus.

  • Has a constructive approach teamwork and collaboration.

  • Demonstrated interest in medical device or pharmaceutical industries.

  • Commitment to performing all tasks with quality and integrity


  • Previous work experience preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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Fresenius Medical Care North America maintains a drug-free workplace in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.