Matchstick is hiring an

Associate (Full Time)

Matchstick is a small, privately held consulting firm. Leading pharmaceutical companies come to us with life-changing molecules. We work with these companies, patients, caregivers, and clinicians to invent and perfect delivery devices so patients can take these medicines.

This is a full time role post-graduation.

Our focus is combination products, but within that, our work is diverse – from user research to understand what people need their devices to do, to creatively thinking about new designs and features, to helping our clients build business cases for development projects.

This role as Associate is part of our Early Career Experience (ECE) Program, a developmental program for entry level individuals who are highly motivated and interested in pursuing a career in medical devices. It is intended for candidates who may have no prior device experience, but who are willing to put substantial time and energy into learning our craft.


Since you’re coming in with little or no experience, expect an extensive learning agenda covering a wide cross section of topics. This is not a 9-to-5 job and will demand a significant investment of your time and energy to complete successfully. As you'll have a lot to learn, expect to focus a substantial portion of your time and energy to ECE. In return, you will get substantial on-the-job experience, exposure to the top biotech companies in the world, and work with an award-winning, top-notch team that will help you stay on your A-game.

Learn by Studying

  • Develop the knowledge and context to become a “Matchstick” by executing an intense in-person and self-directed learning agenda to build basic clinical and device-related knowledge and skills

  • Practice and develop the core consulting skills that will enable you to frame problems more effectively, structure explorations more logically, write clearly, present confidently, and facilitate fast and effective team meetings
  • Contribute to the core work of our business by supporting execution of user studies for device development and human factors/usability
  • Participate in, or lead, creative thinking sessions or innovation challenges for new medical devices, features, or functionality
  • Research topics of interest to us, teach the team what you've learned, and extract a clear "so what"
  • Conduct data analysis to extract insights from qualitative and quantitative studies
  • Develop narrative around research results from qualitative and quantitative data, then create and present results that communicate insights and implications for our clients’ business

Learn by Reflecting

  • Keep an up-to-date learning journal each week, outlining your reflections on your work, what you are learning, and questions you have
  • Work with the Principals and Leaders to get weekly feedback and coaching around your work (the “what”) as well as your style (the “how”)


  • You love working directly with patients, caregivers, and clinicians. You find passion in empowering people to manage disease. You could not imagine working on anything more important.
  • You’re interested in other people and what makes them tick. You quickly understand where others are coming from and adapt your communication style to appropriately engage them and build rapport and trust. You make people feel heard, valued, and respected in every interaction.
  • You are powerfully motivated to do everything with a high degree of ownership. You give our team rock solid confidence that engagements are on track and will do whatever it takes to meet a commitment. You need to feel like you’ve accomplished something meaningful at the end of each day.
  • You’re a natural teacher. You are excited to share what you learn with others, in a way that makes the information memorable.
  • You love feedback. The more direct, the more frequent, and the more honest, the better. You are highly motivated to grow and get better all the time.
  • You love the details, but don’t get bogged down in them. You know that 20% of the information you discover is really important, and know how to focus on and communicate what matters.
  • You recognize the value of rapid iteration. You don’t save your work for the “great unveil.” You get feedback quickly and often so that the finished product is exactly what it should be, no surprises.
  • You’re always on the lookout for new ideas. You enjoy finding better, more efficient ways of getting the job done.
  • You are an outstanding communicator. People find you engaging in person, confident and respectful in group discussions, and to the point in your writing style.
  • You are entirely comfortable with ambiguity and not having a clear answer. You have no problem walking into an unfamiliar situation, getting your bearings quickly, and working with others to find out the solution.
  • You’re efficient without being hasty. For you, speed, quality, and thoughtfulness are not mutually exclusive. You are always on the lookout for techniques and tools to be more efficient and deliver more in less time.
  • You have a bias for action. If you have a lull in your schedule, you'd find something meaningful to do without being told.
  • You are a problem solver. You are energized by complex challenges and are solutions focused.
  • You are a juggler. You find focusing on only one thing boring. You love the idea of focusing on multiple different tasks at multiple altitudes throughout each day.


You be available to start work in January 2019.

You must be at an accredited university and be graduating in the December timeframe, or have recently graduated to apply. This position will be filled by the May 2019 graduation cycle; we are looking for candidates that can start in January 2019. You will need to supply proof of graduation.

As so much of your learning will come from hands on experience and team interaction, you must be at our headquarters in NJ for the program. Our work is not conducive to remote work, and we are not able to sponsor visas for this program.

You can explain your interest in healthcare or medical devices even if you have no direct experience.

We have no expectation that you will have done medical device work in the past, but doing so is a clear plus. Healthcare experience of any kind, in any setting in general is great.

You are prepared to invest time in a serious application process.

Entry level jobs for medical devices are few and far between. We are small, but have a reputation for being extremely selective and unapologetically choosy. Careful, thoughtful answers that intrigue us are good. Vague, unspecific answers (“I want to help patients”) or check-the-box (“Dear Hiring Manager”) are not good.

We have a smart, energetic team and want to make sure we invest our time and energy in other amazing people who will take that investment and do amazing things with it. Before you apply, read our Glassdoor Reviews, see our ECE Page, and check out our YouTube channel.

If you are the kind of person that is willing to make that investment, we want to meet you. Your application will be reviewed by the humans you’ll be working with – make sure your personality and humanity comes through.


This is a paid position and is eligible for full-time benefits, including healthcare, 401k, and other benefits.

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