Abbott Senior Engineer, R&D Ultrasound in Irvine, 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.

The Senior Engineer, R&D will lead and contribute to innovation projects and product developments on ultrasound systems and catheter (disposable) engineering including ultrasound signal chain, image processing design and implementation, imaging feature development, and image quality and clinical evaluation. Design, develop, and evaluate ultrasound imaging technologies/methods to assess clinical value and relevance; support product development and launch as needed.

Applies advanced engineering and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems. Initiates the planning, organizing, performing, coordinating and/or directing of engineering work, and may conduct performance evaluations. Performs technical studies. Remains abreast of and consults on technical advancements. Identifies and routinely uses the most effective, cost efficient and best practices to execute processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness. Performs the layout, construction, and evaluation of a variety of prototype printed circuit boards, fixtures, and tools.

Job Duties:

  • Designs and constructs a variety of prototype tools and fixtures, both electrical and mechanical, required for development purposes.

  • Develops simulations, experiments, and test methods for the development, evaluation, and characterization of electrical and mechanical systems.

  • Conducts evaluations, tests and analyses related to feasibility and function.

  • Performs troubleshooting, fault isolation, and failure analysis activities on a variety of electronic systems including breadboards and hybrids.

  • Conducts measurements specified in design verification plans, documents and tabulates results, and provides engineering test reports.

  • Documents development activities through the use of protocols, reports, presentations, and spreadsheets.

  • Documents custom tools with specifications, schematics and mechanical layouts to support document control and tool release.

  • Leading systems-level product development, owning design specifications and verifications that complies with related medical device regulations/standards (FDA, IEC, etc.) and internal quality management and design control processes.

  • Driving innovation and continual improvement of imaging performance from concept to prototyping and product release.

  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, biomedical engineering, or a related technical field

  • A minimum of six years of relevant work experience in medical imaging product development, specifically in ultrasound imaging and image optimization in areas such as intravascular or intracardiac ultrasound imaging.

  • Familiarity with IEC 60601-1 “Medical Electrical Equipment - General requirements for basic safety and essential performance”

  • Strong Individual contributor and team player

  • Additional relevant work experience in performing the design, layout, construction, and evaluation of a variety of prototype Printed Circuit Boards, fixtures and tools, is desired.

  • Familiarity with the design, testing and debugging of analog and digital circuitry as they relate to biomedical RF ablation, ultrasound diagnostic and therapeutic systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop new design features as part of existing systems.

  • Documented record of delivering engineering information which adds value to management’s decision making process.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and comply with applicable FDA regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies and tasks.

  • Advanced personal computer skills, including spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and specialized applications (e.g. MatLab).

  • Familiarity with the operation and use of standard and advanced test equipment including, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, network/impedance analyzers, power supplies, amplifiers, function generators, pulse generators and a variety of ultrasound characterization equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree

  • Ultrasound product experience

  • Computer-based signal processing

  • Medical Device experience

  • Imaging and cardiac stimulation device experience

  • Advanced credential or professional certification in a relevant discipline/concentration desired.Training and experience in manufacturing processes and methods desired, especially in the manufacturing of medical devices.

  • 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 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 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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