Abbott Analytical Laboratory Scientist in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Position Summary:

To provide analytical support to the manufacturing plant in the areas of analytical testing and review, release of incoming chemicals and in process solutions, procedure writing and review, analysis of analytical data through software programs, investigation and resolution of out of specification issues.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct laboratory experiments, testing of raw materials, provide support to the manufacturing site in the areas of analytical testing and review.

  • Release incoming chemicals and in-process solutions.

  • Develop, validate and implement test methods for laboratory equipment.

  • Write and obtain approval on Analytical Laboratory protocols and reports.

  • Coordinate and manage external vendor equipment qualifications including provision of necessary protocols, reports and approval.

  • Uses all available resources inside and outside SJM (e.g. literature, consultants, etc.).

  • Provide technical analysis and guidance on issues such as contamination and failures of prepared solutions.

  • Provide chemical expertise and support to the manufacturing facilities as needed.

  • Use and maintain highly advanced scientific instrumentation in the Analytical Laboratory (e. g. high pressure liquid chromatographer, ion chromatographer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy).

  • Ensure correct documentation on Analytical Laboratory testing. Maintain all required laboratory records. Re-evaluate and upgrade laboratory procedures.

  • Review notebooks and spreadsheets for accuracy in accordance to the appropriate standards.

  • Maintain working knowledge and understanding of USP, FDA, ISO, and any other regulatory standards applicable to chemical testing and validation.

  • Provide technical expertise and support necessary for the writing of regulatory submissions.

  • Provide training to laboratory technicians on instrumentation, test procedures, software analysis programs, and laboratory standards.


  • Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials, Pharmacy, Physics, Metallurgical Science or related field.

  • A minimum of two (2) years of related experience.

  • Proficiency in computer applications (MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint), database management, and Analytical specialized applications.

  • Working knowledge of quality systems and analytical test methods.

  • Intermediate command of English.

  • Proficiency in the use of industry standards such as USP, AAMI, ACS, EN, ISO, GMP and GLP.

  • Experience with various analytical/materials instrumentation technologies such as HPLC, IC, FTIR, and TOC preferred.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email