Current opportunities

Graduate Biomedical Engineer, Ellen Medical Devices

  • Full Time (1 FTE) opportunity
  • 12-month, fixed term contract
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • Respected global research organisation
  • Make an impact on global health outcomes

Ellen Medical Devices (EMD) is a for profit company, registered in Australia, co-owned by its Founder Vincent Garvey and George Health, The George Institute for Global Health’s commercialisation “for profit with purpose” holding company. EMD was created to ultimately bring to the market an innovative new form of dialysis for kidney failure, invented by Vincent Garvey, which is more affordable than current forms of dialysis and also has a lower carbon footprint and increased portability. Our mission is to sustainably scale our system and to transform the lives of millions of people who do not have access to an affordable life-saving kidney treatment.

EMD has built working prototypes of its new dialysis system and recently received ethics approval to conduct its first human trials. The intention is to have the new dialysis treatment available for use in clinics around the world within the next three years.

The George Institute (TGI) is 700+ people around the world, all focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to:

  • Find better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems
  • Transform primary health care to support better health for more people
  • Harness the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health

As part of our ‘growth for impact’ focus, we are now extending our impact by increasingly focusing on inventions to support the delivery of our mission. This role is critical in this endeavour.

This newly established Graduate Biomedical Engineer opportunity has four main focus areas:

  1. Under the direction of the EMD Director of Engineering, work on building and refining prototypes of the EMD Affordable Dialysis System (ADS), especially as it relates to its human interface and usability studies, human factor analysis and validation and verification processes.
  2. Document the detailed engineering design of the EMD ADS in CAD on SolidWorks and in detailed ISO13485 compliant Design Brief files, as part of the preparatory work to submitting for regulatory approval in Australia and other relevant geographies.
  3. Provide engineering support to the EMD clinical trial program as it tests the system in the clinic and in the homes of future users. EMD’s clinical trials are subject to rigorous ethical approval and are managed by an expert Clinical Trials Steering Committee.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Perform as a Graduate Biomedical and Biomechanical Engineer within the EMD engineering team
  • Assist in finalising design and building of prototypes of the EMD ADS
  • Document the design in CAD in SolidWorks
  • Partner with local external regulatory and engineering specialists, especially in developing
  • ISO13485 compliant documentation and design files
  • Provide engineering support for the EMD clinical trial program
  • Help prepare this EMD ADS for regulatory approval
  • Participate in planning for commercialization.

Qualifications, experience and profile


  • Engineering degree; preferably biomedical or biomechanical engineer
  • Strong computer skills, including programming, especially with CAD with SolidWorks.


  • Hands on experience of the design and development of medical devices is preferred but not essential. This position would suit a recent graduate as strong training and support are available.  It would also support an engineer looking to move into medical devices from a related field, especially electronics or mechanical engineering.

Competencies and profile

  • Someone who wants to make a difference in the world
  • Someone who believes that a profession is a calling, not just a job
  • Innovation, challenging the status quo and the standard way of doing things
  • The ability to overcome obstacles and setbacks with creativity
  • Passionate about improving global health outcomes
  • Global outlook and perspective
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well flexibly, i.e., independently and engaging with a variety of teams
  • Ability to communicate complex engineering concepts
  • Team skills; team player
  • Commercial outlook.

For more information, please see the Position Description here.

The closing date for applications is midnight, Sunday 20th February. We do, however, reserve the right to close this vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.

Please apply now!


Our big and bold mission to improve the health of millions of people worldwide needs a diverse and innovative team to deliver it. So we foster a dynamic, inclusive and flexible workplace where each individual can bring their best selves to work.

Everyone is encouraged to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with a disability, LGBTIQ people and mature-aged adults.