Lead the development of innovative medical devices for the treatment of drug resistant epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders with about 50Mio people (WHO). Around one-third of epilepsy patients experience drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE), which means that their condition cannot be effectively managed through medication alone. For these patients, surgical intervention is often the only viable option. There are several surgical approaches available, including the use of neuromodulation devices, minimally invasive procedures, or open-skull resections. 

DIXI medical is a subsidiary of the family-owned DIXI group, headquartered in Switzerland. They have been at the forefront of Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) development since the 1970s. SEEG is a minimally invasive neurosurgical technique used to locate and investigate epileptic foci in patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. It involves implanting depth or intracranial electrodes in predetermined areas of the brain to record electrical activity and capture epileptic seizures. The data gathered through SEEG aids in refining diagnoses, planning treatment options, and guiding surgical interventions for epilepsy management.

At the crossroad of data collection, acquisition systems, data analytics, surgical procedures, Dixi aims to accelerate the access of DRE patients to the most appropriate therapeutical responses. To lead their R&D activities, they are looking for a visionary, passionate and seasoned

Head of R&D - Neurotechnology

In this position based in the Lake Geneva area, you will be a member of the leadership team, reporting directly to Dixi Medical CEO. You will have strategic and operational responsibility to continually improve the company’s technological excellence and products portfolio to maintain its strong competitive advantage in the market. You will lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists who works closely with third parties such as research institutes, neurosurgeons and technology providers. The team’s expertise covers the spectrum of technology development including electrophysiology, hardware and software development, including Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and material science expertise.

Main responsibilities
  • Define and execute the R&D strategy, ensuring alignment with the company's vision and objectives
  • Lead and inspire the multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists
  • Foster a culture of creativity, collaboration, and continuous improvement within the R&D team
  • Drive innovation by identifying new opportunities, technologies, and partnerships
  • Oversee the development of innovative medical devices, implantation accessories and software solutions
  • Manage R&D projects from concept to commercialization, ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery
  • Provide technical oversight in resolving development and manufacturing issues
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including internal experts, research institutes, neurosurgeons and industry partners
  • Develop and implement intellectual property strategies
  • Evaluate and pursue in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities
  • Understand and comply with quality management system, applicable standards, and regulatory requirements.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends and advancements in the company’s area of expertise
  • Promote the company’s know-how and technological expertise
Your profile
  • Degree in mechanical, electrical or biomedical engineering or equivalent
  • >10 years of professional experience in the design, development and launch of cleared medical devices in US and EU
  • Knowledgeable in applicable standards and regulations (e.g. ISO 13485, ISO 14971, MDR, FDA, IEC 60601, etc.)
  • Interest and knowledge neurotechnology
  • Proven leadership experience in R&D, managing cross-functional teams of at least 10 engineers
  • Track record of successfully bringing innovative products from concept to market
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, visionary, natural leadership, charismatic, passionate, committed
  • Result orientation, sense of priority and urgency, accountability, flexibility and resilience
  • Excellent presentation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English; French and additional languages are a plus

In short, a high profile, with the potential to contribute significantly to the vision and to the company’s projects. If you are passionate about making a difference in this field through innovation and research, do not hesitate to call us (+41 21 613 70 00) for additional information or to apply by email (jacques.laurent@ems.ch).
  • Job title
    Head of R&D - Neurotechnology
  • Sector
    Medical Technology / Healthcare
  • Occupational group
    Research / Development / Engineering
  • Region
    Lake Geneva region
  • Reference number
  • Your consultant
    Jacques Laurent
    Jacques Laurent - jacques.laurent@ems.ch
    18, avenue d’Ouchy
    CH-1006 Lausanne
    +41 21 613 70 00
Jacques Laurent
Jacques Laurent