University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Fellows Application

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 Team.


Fellows DiagramBe an Innovator!
The University of Minnesot Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center is recruiting dynamic and creative individuals to join our cross-disciplinary team for 9 months of medical device innovation. Applicants must be dedicated to improving human health and well-being and committed to working in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary team. Successful candidates are self-driven and highly motivated individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and special interest in medical devices.

Since the Program's inception in 2008, Innovation Fellows have partnered with more than 200 entrepreneurs, physicians, investors, global institutions, and executives from leading medical device companies such as Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical), Boston Scientific and Medtronic to solve a variety of healthcare needs, including medical devices designed for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, neurological disorders, pediatric illness, and neo-natal care.

Fellows build an extensive network of contacts within the world-leading med tech ecosystem of the Twin Cities and gain experience assessing opportunities, inventing therapies, and strategizing for the clinical, regulatory, reimbursement and financing activities necessary to develop a commercially viable product. After their year in the Program, Fellows thrive in a variety of pursuits, including starting their own companies, leadership positions with early-stage to large, multi-national medical device manufacturers, joining design & development service providers, research/teaching positions in academic institutions, and clinical practice.

• Work closely with clinicians at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences
• Identify unmet clinical needs, invent, and test prototype solutions
• Generate high quality intellectual property with a goal of commercialization

• Master’s degree in engineering or nursing, or graduate degree in biosciences (e.g. Masters, PhD, MD)
• Engineers and scientists should have research or development experience in academic or industry settings
• Clinicians should have at least one year of clinical training (e.g. residency) completed.
• Evidence of creativity

• monthly salary
• state of the art prototyping facilities
• access to medical school faculty
• access to University anatomy labs, medical library, and clinical conferences
• access to modern athletic facilities with small fee

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the online application on the University Employment Opportunities website with supporting documents:
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • Statement of interest, to include information on the applicant's motivation, accomplishments, and teamwork experiences. Maximum 750 words.
  • Names of three professional references and contact information.

Frequently Asked Questions from 2021-22 Application Process or email with questions.

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