Abbott Sr. Staff Scientist in Sylmar, California

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.

Identifies, plans, recommends, and completes technical programs leading to innovative applications of new and existing products and technologies having major division or company- wide importance. Designs and carries out biomedical research projects and investigations. Disseminates findings and product implications to management, engineers and, where appropriate, to the scientific community through publications, conferences, and reports. Investigates patent implications of research outcomes and coordinates applications with intellectual property attorneys.

Job Duties:

  • Identifies significant areas of scientific inquiry that may be related to medical device therapy, designs research projects to investigate such areas, and carries out or directs such projects to completion.

  • Reports significant progress and final findings of projects to management and product development staff in the company.

  • Publishes research findings in scientific press and may otherwise disseminate findings at conferences and symposia.

  • Remains aware of patent implications of research; takes appropriate steps to review patent implications with attorneys and with management; prepares documentation for patent applications whenever required to protect value to the company.

  • With approvals, may collaborate with and/or direct research projects carried out at universities and laboratories outside of the company.

  • Assesses own and others’ research results in order to develop recommendations for future research directions and projects.

  • 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 relevant engineering or scientific discipline and 12+ years of progressively responsible experience in a medical device company.

  • Masters or PhD in relevant engineering or scientific discipline preferred.

  • Demonstrated track record of innovative scientific accomplishments, approved patents and breakthrough technical contributions.

  • Outstanding technical leadership skills.

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

  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.

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

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

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

  • Ability to travel approximately 25%, 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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