Principal Scientist

Cleveland (Mayfield Village), Ohio

Company Description

Canon Medical Research USA, Inc. (CMRU) is a multi-modality R&D organization creating next-generation medical imaging systems. For those who like to develop new technologies and research new ways of using them, Canon is a rewarding place to work, due to its focus on innovation as the lifeblood of new products.

CMRU is committed to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique in an atmosphere that promotes work/life balance and celebrates individual and collective achievement. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, education, research and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of our organization and the scientific and engineering community at large.

CMRU offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation and benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

Summary of Position

CMRU has an immediate opening for a Principal Scientist in the MR business unit to participate in developing MR systems and system components. Primarily, this position leads in the design and development of MR scanners as a system architect.


  • Defines the architectural design of the MRI systems, both hardware and software, with the cross-functional global design team.
  • Translates the clinical and marketing input into technical requirements interacting with the various sources of internal and external organizations.
  • Directs, with engineering product managers, the creation of system requirements and specifications analyzing the clinical and marketing requirements and considering various constraints such as time, resource and cost.
  • Directs optimizing the design trade-offs for performance, cost, development time and other appropriate considerations in the product line and defines the best way to implement requirements and an optimum level of re-use in the systems.
  • Directs the design of system verification methods for the integration of the developed features and functionalities.
  • Creates system architecture documentation and testing procedures.
  • Contributes to the peer-reviewed scientific literature and corporate intellectual property portfolio.
  • Maintains and extends necessary knowledge and skills of technology trends, system development, etc.
  • Mentors co-workers, scientists and engineers in multiple areas of expertise and advanced knowledge.


Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in areas of specialization. 9+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in several areas of specialization applicable to a wide range of problems in MRI systems, physics, etc. Knowledge of other related areas.
  • Professional experience in MRI product development, including basic knowledge of medical device quality management systems. Multiple vendor system-level experience is a plus.

Key Competencies

  • Profound knowledge in Magnetic Resonance physics and technology.
  • Practical experience in MRI system hardware and software development projects.
  • Practical experience in designing experiments to characterize system performance.
  • Practical understanding in developing medical devices along standards, regulations and quality management systems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as initiative and teamwork in the multi-organizational team.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, patents, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to present information to and answer questions from colleagues, managers, cross-functional technical groups and senior management effectively.


  • Some domestic and international travel may be required.
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