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November 29, 2019
Changing Lanes

John Donnellan
CSI Boston

Throughout the 90s and early naughties, John managed one of the busiest nightclubs in Galway and 7 am would have been a normal time to get home from work. During this period, John also dabbled in journalism, writing for Hot Press and The Evening Herald; co-managed a record label and ran a pirate radio station. He managed to take time out to travel extensively in India, Nepal and South East Asia, all the time wondering what he might do when he grew up. This was not a lifestyle typical of a man with a BSc Degree and a Higher Diploma in Applied Science.

In 2005, somewhere between Na Nang and Hanoi, John had an epiphany, finally decided what he was going to do with his life. He travelled back to Galway and became a stand-up comedian. Unfortunately, aside from the actual performances, there’s nothing funny about comedy, and little chance of earning a decent living for early career stand-ups. His blossoming romance with Sinead (now his wife) was another consideration. Sinead assured John she’d find him a lot funnier if he earned enough money to plan a future together.

John joined Boston Scientific in 2006 and initially worked four-day weeks in SES Top Assembly on the WallStent and WallFlex lines. The four-day week allowed John to both earn a living and continue performing stand-up in a spangled selection of venues around the country.  Some months later, John transferred to Silicone Coatings. New technology was being developed at the time and the same curiosity and aptitude which led to John graduating NUI Galway with a Higher Diploma in Applied Physics kicked in. John received the promotion that moved him off the line to work on the WallFlex Line Extension Project as Build Co-coordinator. He then applied to join the WallFlex Pancreatic Project as a PD Technician and was accepted. Work at Boston Scientific had become stimulating, opportunities presented themselves. Had John Donnellan discovered what he might be when he grew up?

Now working full time and enjoying the diverse challenges each day brought, John supported initiatives such as the Human Feasibility Assessment and developing the Radial Force and Flexural Rigidity technologies and test methods. In 2015, John moved to the Agile Esophageal Project as Top Assembly PD technician.

In 2018, John joined the Materials Characterisation Lab to support NPD, Production Units & Complaints. The team supports all areas of the Galway plant plus the Cork facility, utilising technologies such as SEM, FTIR, DSC, TGA, and DMA, essentially a standard suite of technologies used to investigate the properties of materials, what their composed of, and how they behave. If there’s something on a medical device which doesn’t belong, they’ll investigate, find out what it is, and contact suppliers if it’s something that needs to be addressed. The team are jokingly referred to as CSI Boston.

Nowadays, if you meet John Donnellan at 7am Monday morning with a smile on his face, he’s walking through the lobby of Boston Scientific, no doubt looking forward to another day of high tech investigations as part of the great team in R&D.

Boston Scientific offer a vast array of fantastic job opportunities for people to grow and develop within.  When you speak to John today it’s clear he found his passion. Maybe it’s time for you to explore careers that ignite the spark in you.

Take a look at some of the great job opportunities we have promoted here on the site and chat with one of our team to find out more. We would love to find out more about you.

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