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Abbott Principal Systems Software Engineer, Laboratory Automation R&D in Irving, Texas

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries


The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

Our location in Irving, TX , currently has an opportunity for Principal Systems Software Engineer, Laboratory Automation R&D


Leads the solution assessment; definition, configuration, and development of systems; system architecture and other complex designs.


  • Develops use cases, requirements, and specifications for new and existing system design.

  • Evaluates and defines product changes with one or more TPMs to resolve customer issues and provide input on new functionality of complex projects that may cross multiple products.

  • Leads and participates technical discussions with multiple TPMs. Builds and maintains relationships.

  • Evaluates vendors /TPM capabilities. Recommends strategic partnerships with new vendors/TPMs.

  • Leads investigations and provides technical oversight to determine root cause for complex issues that may cross multiple products. Arrives at timely conclusions.

  • Maintain high customer service by assisting support with customer issue resolution and coordinate inclusion of customer issue resolution with product/project patches and releases

  • Performs software installation and configuration; test laboratory workflows; creation and maintenance of business rules; verification of system and instrument interfaces

  • Generates input to service personnel

  • Provides and gathers inputs from internal and external sources and from members of the project’s cross functional team to achieve customer needs.

  • Solicits feedback to better understand unmet market needs for product improvements or new products from technology experts and from the commercial organization.

  • Evaluates technical risks, identifies engineering design alternatives, develops contingency plans and recommends actions.

  • Reviews and provides input into risk management documentation including FMEA and risk analyses.

  • Follows functional area policies and procedures. Provides technical input for functional area to policies and procedures.

  • Trains and mentors systems analysts in technological advances, tools and processes.

  • Ensures plans and resources are focused on site and division priorities.

  • Works with cross functional team in collaborative environment.

  • Relied on as subject matter expert on evaluating and recommending potential strategic partnerships


  • Receives limited direction. Completes complex assignments and provides work directions

  • Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals

  • Plans, leads and implements complex assignments for multiple projects.

  • Ensures project risks are addressed and appropriate technical skills are assigned.

  • Participates in hiring decisions for technical resources, identifies emerging resources requirements and provides inputs to the hiring manager.

  • Establishes and reviews complex plans for multiple projects.

  • Provides input on workload across projects and ensures appropriate technical skills are assigned to project.

  • Ensures plans, activities and resources are focused on Site and Division priorities.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or similar discipline including Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Healthcare Informatics

  • 10+ or more years progressive work experience

  • Requires strong analytical and communication skills as well as sound judgment and the ability to work effectively with internal team members, software developers, and customer.

  • Very good oral and written communication skills

  • Knowledge of HIS/LIS/LIMS and laboratory operations is mandatory

  • Experience with communication protocols (ASTM, HL7, XML)


  • Education or experience in Medical technology or clinical laboratory science; ASCP; CLS (NCA) is a plus

  • 5+ years programming experience in C/C++, Python, Java

  • Experience in Atlassian suite – JIRA, Bitbucket, and Confluence


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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