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Medical Innovation Fellow

on January 18, 2023


The Medical Innovation Fellow(s) are selected as part of a team whose objective is to collaborate in medical related innovation and development for an initial duration of 10.5 months. The Fellows learn about disciplined product development including FDA and Health Canada requirements, Insurance Reimbursement, Intellectual Property, Business Strategies, Creativity Techniques, and Prototyping. The Fellows participate in clinical immersion to observe MDs, nurses, other medical health professionals, and associated technicians at work in clinical settings, such as the operating room. After collecting unmet needs, the Fellows define the clinical problem from all angles, working with each other and Western organizations to innovate around these needs with multiple sets of prototyping cycles and bench top testing. The ultimate goal is for the Fellows to bring a new product into the realm of medical innovation. We are seeking up to 8 Fellows for an appointment commencing August 8, 2023 and concluding June 28, 2024.

  1. Medical Device Development (70%)
    • Launching, leading, and contributing to multiple medical development projects;
    • Planning, organizing, and evaluating the progress of activities and operations of the medical device development projects;
    • Ideating new concepts and solutions to unmet clinical needs;
    • Developing prototypes (including design, fabrication, working with vendors, testing on the bench, and preclinical testing);
    • Authoring and presenting results (presentation/pitches/reports);
    • Seeking, meeting with, and maintaining relationships with project collaborators;
    • Preparing and filing intellectual property disclosures;
    • Working with attorneys to draft patents;
    • Developing business plans around medical innovation opportunities and identifying funding sources (grants, licenses, investment).
  2. Bootcamp and Clinical Immersion (20%)
    • Attending meetings and presentations of invited speakers;
    • Designing and conducting interviews with physicians, allied health professionals, and researchers to identify and collect unmet clinical needs;
    • Filtering and prioritizing the collected unmet clinical needs by conducting market research;
    • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with physicians, allied health professionals, researchers, and medical device professionals;
    • Attending networking and WORLDiscoveries outreach events to develop relationships with local entrepreneurs, regional innovation centres, venture capitalists, and funding agencies.
  3. Additional essential functions that account for less than 10% of time:
    • Promoting Western (giving tours, events, meeting with important individuals);
    • Weekly team meetings with Fellows and MIF Program Director;
    • Monthly team meetings with MIF Program Mentors;
    • Administrative overhead to follow university procedures and reporting;
    • Ability to participate in MITACS Training programs;
    • Mentor/Share their experience with various student bodies/classes on campus;
    • Opportunity to lead workshops and discussion groups for medical health professional students and engineering (under)graduate students about the medical device design process.

Physical/Environmental Demands:

Most of the workday is spent in an office environment, but part of the Fellowship is to participate in clinical immersion and observe surgeries and visit clinics. Access to transportation in the London area will be expected. Prototyping for new medical devices can take place in various locations on campus, which hosts a variety of machines and tools.


At a minimum will have completed a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Biosciences, Neurosciences, Computer Science, or related discipline. MD or MBA an asset.


Research training and/or relevant product development and work experience will be considered with academic experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Self-driven, independent thinker who is highly motivated and possesses an intrinsic passion for quality and creativity
  • A strong record of teamwork and collaboration with the motivation and ability to work as a team member with minimal supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence dealing with internal and external stakeholders
  • Possesses a reputation for resourcefulness with a strong sense of accountability and initiative
  • Results-oriented with an ability to handle many tasks while maintaining a high level of individual and team performance
  • Ability to research and process information with high levels of accuracy

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process. If you are requiring accommodation for interview(s) please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Signing a Confidentiality Agreement along with a Memorandum of Agreement will be required for participation in the program. These documents will be provided prior to an employment offer for successful candidate Fellows.

Submission Requirements:

Note: Do not discuss or disclose any confidential information related to intellectual property you have developed if it has not been properly protected.

Please include a one-page cover letter and your CV along with three current references. Please complete the application submission with the 3 essay questions in the format that is set out in the instructions. The covering letter, CV and essay questions form the application.

For further information, please refer to Please direct questions regarding this application process to We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Deadline for applications is Monday, February 20th by 9 a.m. EST.

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