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Principal Clinical Research Scientist

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Careers That Change Lives


This Principal Clinical Research Scientist position is responsible for supporting the Clinical Research Evidence organization within Atrial Fibrillation Solutions (AFS) business. This individual serves as a medical/scientific consultant to clinical, marketing, and research project teams.  The primary responsibility of this role will be to drive the strategy and execution of the AFS global clinical evidence program. The position will be responsible for building strong and meaningful scientific relationships with physician/scientists through collaboration on physician-initiated research via the External Research Program (ERP), Medtronic sponsored studies and on collaborative writing projects.    


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Cardiac and Vascular Group (CVG)

The Cardiac and Vascular Group brings all of our cardiac and vascular businesses together into one cross-functional, collaborative operating unit to employ the full breadth of our talent, technologies, products, services, and solutions to address the needs of customers and patients across the globe. This group includes Aortic, Peripheral and Venous (APV), Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure (CRHF), Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Solutions, and Coronary and Structural Heart products.


Within CVG, the Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure (CRHF) offers devices and therapies to treat abnormal heart rhythms, as well as cardiac diagnostic and monitoring solutions.

A Day in the Life

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Develops or provides input into required clinical documents (such as clinical strategy, clinical investigation plan, data collection forms, study training materials, publication/steering committee charters, publication plans, clinical evidence strategy, and study reports) in collaboration with investigators and the cross-functional study team to meet business needs.
  • Responsible for clinical evidence dissemination planning and execution to meet business objectives.
  • Provides clinical/scientific expertise for product and program development through research and development team engagement.
  • Manage the execution and expansion of global ERP activities to maintain alignment with clinical research strategies.
  • Partners with global stakeholders to ensure alignment with country-specific evidence needs are supported through the ERP portfolio. Responsible for effective communication among all internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Synthesizes clinical evidence to support clinical study activities, training and education materials, and market launch of products. 
  • Supports scientific conferences through scientific session support, clinical trial data releases, and physician meetings. Activities may include creation and dissemination of scientific material, input to marketing collateral, and physician meeting presentations.
  • Presents at scientific advisory board meetings or multidisciplinary workshops.
  • Supports strategic planning for clinical projects and programs.
  • Interfaces with key functional areas in order to align the evidence needs of other business areas (marketing, research, regulatory, development, patient management, reimbursement) and units.
  • Disseminates and facilitates exchange of scientific data and concepts with internal functions and key physicians / advisors as needed. 
  • Coaches, reviews and delegates work when/where appropriate.
  • Contributes to defining the direction for new products, processes, standards, or operational plans based on business strategy with a significant impact on work group results.
  • Represents organization as a primary contact for specific projects and initiatives; communicates with internal and external customers and vendors at various levels
  • 20% of time will be spent in the field and this travel may include international travel.
Must Have (Minimum Requirements):

To be considered for this role, the minimum requirements must be evident on your resume.

  • Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of 7 years of clinical research experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years clinical research experience

Nice to Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degree in clinical or life sciences, including biomedical engineering, physiology, epidemiology.  RN degree also acceptable. Graduate degree (PhD preferred or equivalent) with specialization in cardiovascular sciences and/or doctoral degree in clinical sciences (MD, PharmD or equivalent) Scientific knowledge and expertise in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology
  • Experience in reviewing, interpreting and presenting scientific information outside area of expertise 
  • Knowledge of syncope, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac anatomy, and physiology.
  • Exhibit strong scientific presentation skills 
  • Experience in developing scientific relationships with physicians and institutions. 
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills
  • Possess a positive attitude, superior interpersonal skills and comfort level interacting closely with key physicians and external scientists. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are required.

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be. 

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future. 

Physical Job Requirements

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position, but they are not an exhaustive list of all the required responsibilities and skills of this position. 

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)


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