Senior Product Development Scientist/Engineer, Aligners - Charlotte, NC

Date: Jun 8, 2024

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28217

Company: Dentsply Sirona, Inc


Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, with a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. Dentsply Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions offering including dental and oral health products as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands. Dentsply Sirona’s products provide innovative, high-quality and effective solutions to advance patient care and deliver better and safer dentistry. Dentsply Sirona’s global headquarters is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company’s shares are listed in the United States on NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY.


Bringing out the best in people


As advanced as dentistry is today, we are dedicated to making it even better. Our people have a passion for innovation and are committed to applying it to improve dental care. We live and breathe high performance, working as one global team, bringing out the best in each other for the benefit of dental patients, and the professionals who serve them. If you want to grow and develop as a part of a team that is shaping an industry, then we’re looking for the best to join us.


Working at Dentsply Sirona you are able to:


Develop faster - with our commitment to the best professional development.


Perform better - as part of a high-performance, empowering culture.


Shape an industry - with a market leader that continues to drive innovation.


Make a difference -by helping improve oral health worldwide.  



The Senior Product Development Scientist/Engineer, Aligners is responsible for the development of new prosthetic dental devices and digital dental processes. This role will be responsible for developing the base digital dental processes used in the development of prosthetic devices. The role collaborates closely with all internal R&D disciplines as well as with external partners to ensure success in a timely and cost-effective manner.


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Lead the creation of prototype design concepts, lead design Verification and Validation efforts, and assist with manufacturing implementation.
  • Collaborate with our Quality, Regulatory, Marketing, Technology Transfers, Software and hardware teams, Manufacturing, and other cross functional teams to support various project workstreams.
  • Complete independent and team research projects involving aligner manufacturing technologies, preparing for regulatory submissions and successfully integrate to commercialization.
  • Participate in writing research proposals, reports, patent applications, presentations, and publications.
  • Apply personal scientific knowledge/lead team efforts to design and develop material and processing solutions that meet product design requirements and ensure marketplace success.
  • Develop and communicate material and design specifications to relevant design partners and stakeholders.
  • Assist in departmental strategic plans and policies.
  • Provide technical leadership to cross-functional product development teams.
  • Complete all necessary training on pertinent Global, Pillar and Departmental procedures and maintain a Training Log documenting successful completion of each procedure. In addition, the associate must apply the learnings to ensure high quality products.
  • Work practices and procedures meet Dentsply Sirona’s Standard Operating Procedures for design, commercialization, and manufacture of medical devices.
  • Provide verbal and written reports of activities to senior management. 
  • Conduct literature / web-based searches to assist in designing experiments, developing test methods, and finding sources for experimental materials.
  • This position is responsible for leading research and development for aligners ensuring material and process applicability to existing and new products to address unmet needs and leading the team through the technical development process. 
  • Complete independent and team research projects involving aligners and assigned R&D projects.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Biocompatibility, cellular interactions, and efficacy of Oral health products
  • Conduct hands-on experiments by designing, fabricating, testing, and evaluating novel concepts.
  • Conduct biological, mechanical and/or physical property evaluation and testing of dental materials and biocompatibility testing to generate documentation to support and substantiate new products and / or process improvements.
  • Responsible for proposing, scheduling, planning, conducting, and directing research aimed at developing aligners, designs and processes through creative research.
  • Work with researchers, scientists, systems, software and hardware engineers and external partners in system integration and validation efforts.
  • Work with vendors and suppliers to communicate design specs and drive on-time delivery of final processes.
  • Project management responsibilities include development from ideation to technology transfer. Surveillance of projects assigned to other to assure program progress and the application of sound principles and evaluation procedures are maintained.
  • Ability to effectively work with outside consultants and vendors.
  • Conduct literature / web-based searches with guidance of supervisor to assist in designing experiments, developing test methods, and finding sources for experimental materials.
  • Other Duties as Assigned


Required Background and Experience



  • PhD preferred with a degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, polymer science, or a related discipline; Master's degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, polymer science, or a related discipline required for consideration.


Years and Type of Experience:

  • More than 5 years related experience and/or training with a proven track-record of accomplishments in industry or academic setting.
  • Global experience in a regulated industry, preferably medical devices would be a great asset.
  • Oral health experience a plus.


Key Required Skills, Knowledge, and Capabilities:

  • MATERIAL – Knowledge on physical, chemical, biological properties, and applications of polymer and other biomaterials used for medical devices.
  • TEST SKILLS – Ability to create test method, protocol, and perform biomechanical tests, and summarize the test results in test report.
  • MS OFFICE SKILLS – Ability to use MS word, Excel for creating technical analysis and report.
  • SOFTWARE SKILLS – Ability to use programming languages (python), Minitab and other statistic tools.
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS – Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquires or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original, innovative techniques and styles. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentation on complex topics.
  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS – Ability to apply advanced mathematical and statistical concepts. 
  • REASONING ABILITY – Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of data.
  • CAD and FEA SKILLS– Ability to use SolidWorks, Pro/E Creo, and ANSYS, Abaqus, Marc, or other FEA tools.



Dentsply Sirona is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or protected Veteran status. We appreciate your interest in Dentsply Sirona.

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