Abbott Senior R&D Engineer in Plymouth, Minnesota

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

The Senior R&D Engineer will use multidisciplinary engineering knowledge to design and develop innovative medical devices or components/subsystems in support of company’s strategic plan.

Job Duties:

  • Research, design, develop and evaluate catheters to meet user needs

  • Establish requirements and specifications for these devices (including justification and supportive testing)

  • Use experimental, empirical and numerical analysis to evaluate designs. Lead test method and model development.

  • Investigate issues and define root causes in complex systems

  • Identify and mitigate project risks

  • Work with internal departments and external vendors to obtain prototype parts and to expand these groups’ capabilities

  • Lead design reviews and support physician visits.

  • Maintains a detailed understanding of the developing clinical environment (i.e. current treatment methods, evolving clinical needs etc.).

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.

  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering) plus 5+ years of related work experience, advanced degree preferred.

  • Experience with catheter design and electrical components preferred

  • Experience with a variety of manufacturing processes and designing for manufacturability preferred.

  • Experience with modeling tools like Solid Works, COMSOL, Ansys preferred

  • Ability to lead small teams and to work within large cross-functional teams as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

  • Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors

  • Knowledge and understanding of a variety of engineering disciplines, theories and concepts, to support development of innovative approaches to problem solving

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

  • Exposure to latest design tools and techniques (six sigma, DFM, analytical design)

  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model preferred.

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

  • Ability to travel approximately 10%, including internationally.

  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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