Abbott PHD Scientist in Longford, Ireland

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 74,000 people.

Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs almost 3,000 people across 11 sites. Abbott has six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. It has commercial and support operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals. Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Abbott Diagnostics Division – Longford (ADDLF)

Abbott established the first diagnostics manufacturing facility in Sligo in 1994 to manufacture blood-screening products and reagents. In 2004, Abbott Diagnostics operations in Ireland expanded with the opening of a second facility in Longford. The plant was first occupied in December 2004. Manufacturing commenced in March of the following year and the first product (Architect TSH) was launched in December of 2005.

The Longford facility plays a key role in helping Abbott to meet the increasing global demand for diagnostic testing in areas such as infectious disease, cancer, thyroid and cardiovascular diseases.

Primary Function

  •  To provide the necessary technical support to strategic programmes, ensuring plant meets its customer quality, service, regulatory, financial and safety goals.

  •  To provide the necessary technical support to the product manufacturing team, ensuring that production targets are attained.

Major Responsibilities

  • Maintain ETMS TO DO LIST.

  • Conduct business in a manner that will protect human health, safety and the environment by complying with all applicable EHS laws, as well at the Abbott Global and Technical standards.

  • To ensure the smooth discontinuation of product lines from AIDD Longford, in compliance with Q04.17 and ADD-DD-002 requirements.

  • To assist in product development/improvement projects, in compliance with Q04 series requirements.

  • To ensure the smooth transfer of new products from other Abbott sites into AIDD Longford.

  • To complete and document investigations per site procedures.

  • To design and manage process improvement projects and validations.

  • To work in concert with the manufacturing & quality teams to identify, document, investigate and remedy the cause of product non-conformance in compliance with site CA/PA system requirements.

  • To participate in laboratory maintenance programs, for example instrument maintenance and calibrations, waste disposal and ordering of laboratory reagents.

  • To relate information in the form of presentation to other team members and management.

  • To assist in training team members and technologists as required.

  • To update statistical process control charts and circulate information, highlighting any issues identified.

  • To ensure safety standards are met and safe working practices are adhered to. Suggest where improvements, if any, could be made.

  • To identify and implement cost reductions that do not adversely impact product quality.

  • To bring to the attention of management, areas of risk in the manufacturing, testing and design change process, which might have an adverse effect on product quality and/or safety.

  • To ensure that the plant meets the quality requirements of its customers, internal quality systems, internal & external auditors and other external agencies.

  • To liase with, seek appropriate advice from and report when necessary to colleagues in Lake County, Dartford, Wiesbaden and Japan.

  • To ensure GMP and GLP requirements are maintained.

  • To assist in preparation of the annual departmental budget.

  • To participate in the AIDD Longford Self Assessment procedure per site procedures.

  • To assist in the periodic review of controlled documents per site procedures.

Supervisory / Management Responsibility

  • Works independently or Individual Contributor.


The following level of education provides a necessary foundation for this Job function:

  • A third level qualification in a relevant Chemistry or Life Science discipline, as this will provide a basic understanding of the scientific principles of immunoassays and the skills required to troubleshoot product issues that may arise.


The following experience provides a necessary foundation for this Job function:

  • Two years experience in the development or support of diagnostic assays.


  • Relevant post-graduate qualification.

This experience will ensure awareness and the importance of:

  • following procedures.

  • accurate record keeping.

  • basic problem solving skills.


  • The Technical Specialist is responsible for ensuring that procedures are adhered to and technical issues are resolved. Failure to do so could result in customer complaints, ultimately product recalls and significant financial losses.

  • Individual is given authority to carry out duties without close supervision.

  • Regular team meetings and one-on-one meetings with team leader/manager.

  • Periodic goal reviews, annual performance and career development reviews.

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Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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