Job Openings Product Development Engineer

About the job Product Development Engineer

Transform the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder with cutting edge neuromedical technology:
Syntropic Medical is driving a revolution in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder by pushing the boundaries of what was previously possible. Pharmaceutical antidepressants have long been a below par treatment standard with poor treatment outcomes and high rates of side effects. Syntropics groundbreaking research has led to the discovery of an entirely new method of treatment that targets the underlying causes of mental health disorders.

Syntropics debut product is a non-invasive, wearable device for the treatment of depression. We activate the immune cells of the brain with stimulation delivered through the eyes to achieve faster and longer relief from depressive symptoms and eliminate adverse drug reactions. We are on a mission to transform the lives of those suffering from one of society's most debilitating diseases.

We are looking for a Product Development Engineer to join our growing team. You will play a key role in building a cutting edge technology at the forefront of an exciting frontier of neuroscience. We acknowledge that the profile we need may not be met by any one type of background and therefore we encourage anyone with an interest in electronics, product design, mechanics, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering and general technology development should apply.

Moreover, we value self-starters and people who are comfortable dealing with ambiguity as well as having a lot of autonomy over their work. The ideal candidate is analytical, structured and demonstrates excellent attention to detail, while keeping an overview of the system being engineered. They are a strong team player recognised for interpersonal skills, a good sense of humour and a proactive spirit. You should have a passion for developing innovative new technologies, for solving unmet clinical needs, and for making a positive social impact.

Working at Syntropic:

You will be an important early hire for an exciting and rapidly growing new company. You will be in a position to impact the development of a technology that could improve the lives of millions of people suffering with depression. Improving our patients' lives is at the core of our values and our mission, the ideal candidate will understand the urgency and rigour required in developing new solutions for these patients.

  • We are offering a highly competitive salary, available on application, and a company laptop with all necessary accessories for carrying out required duties of the role.
  • We strongly care for our employees wellbeing and offer flexible working hours, vacation policy, and additional employee perks.
  • We are strong advocates for diversity and inclusion and seek alignment with this value in all of our hires.
  • We believe in fostering a forward-giving and supportive atmosphere where the personal and career development of all team members is encouraged and supported.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Develop and mature technology concepts for the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders.
  • Identify user needs through participation in the project start-up phase where interaction with key opinion leaders, clinicians and other experts worldwide is crucial to realise our innovation targets.
  • Concept development of groundbreaking products within the product area of neurotechnology (e.g., wearable devices, electronic devices, connected devices, etc.)
  • Translate technology concepts into tangible prototypes ready for feasibility testing through product design and development.
  • Perform bench testing and other functional tests to verify technical feasibility of electronic prototypes.
  • Creating, reviewing, and updating detailed designs of components and assemblies of the device, including specifications, bill of materials, 3D CAD models, part and assembly drawings, and associated documentation for design controls
  • Carry out documentation following GDP and in accordance with regulations from FDA/MDR/ISO
  • Cooperate with external and internal partners to take concepts from prototype stage to production ready stage.

Personal Qualities:

You are a Forward Giver: You understand the importance of fostering supportive environments and improving the lives of those around you.

You are an Open Communicator: You are proactive, friendly, and understanding with your communication. You can articulate and support your ideas in an efficient manner.

You are Organised: You are capable of managing your time and prioritising your work effectively.

You are Independent: You are self driven in your work and are at your most effective when you are given the freedom to define your own priorities and schedule.

You are a Trailblazer: At Syntropic we foster and encourage those who strive to make a true positive impact in the world. We believe that innovation is the way to make this change. No technical complexity or difficulty of the problem will prevent our team from seeking life changing solutions.


  • Advanced qualification in a science/technology/engineering discipline (e.g., biomedical, electrical, mechanical, electronic, product/industrial design, or similar)
  • 2+ years professional experience in product development and prototyping, preferably for medical devices, wearables, or similar complex systems
  • Experience building functional prototypes with competency in system design, PC board fabrication, 3D design and printing, system assembly, and other prototype development activities
  • Broad technical understanding and knowledge of engineering principles and design methods
  • Understanding of electrical safety standards for the development of electrical devices (e.g., IEC 60601)
  • Proficiency with product design and 3D CAD tools such as SolidWorks, CREO, Fusion 360 or similar
  • Experience performing bench testing and other functional tests to verify technical feasibility of electronic prototypes with compliance to latest regulatory standards
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills (circuit design tool experience is a plus e.g., Altium)
  • Technical writing skills and experience with design control processes
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities for collaborating within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to patient safety.
  • Ability to relocate to Vienna, Austria for duration of employment
  • EU citizen or existing Austrian red-white-red work permit holder

Desirable Attributes:

  • Previously worked in a medical device or neurotech company or startup
  • Proven experience in product design, development and validation testing for medical devices and/or neurotechnology devices (e.g., EEG, wearables, neuromodulation, neurostimulation, or neurofeedback devices)
  • Strong understanding of neurotechnology and interest in future trends in this space
  • Knowledge of medical device regulations and standards (e.g., ISO13485, FDA21CFR part 820, ISO14971, ISO10993)
  • Experience with 3D printing, additive manufacturing methods and good understanding of design for manufacture
  • Experience with human factors, usability engineering and/or UX design
  • Understanding of intellectual property and previous patent filing experience
  • Knowledge of biocompatible materials selection for medical devices
  • Successfully taken a product from concept to product launch

Don't perfectly fit the description?

We understand that some outstanding applicants may not perfectly fit the described role. If you truly believe that you are capable of having a positive impact in the lives of those suffering from depression and believe that you would be a great addition to our team then we want to hear from you. Reach out to us at to discuss other opportunities.