Abbott Informatics Data Scientist in Lake Forest, Illinois

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.

Position can be filled at Data Scientist or Sr. Data Scientist level depending on experience.

Primary Job Function

  • This is a technical role with the candidate expected to be a critical contributor to building compelling informatics products within Abbott’s Diagnostics Division.

  • The individual will develop software on informatics programs from concept through launch. She/he will also be responsible for supporting on-market products post-launch.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • The individual is responsible for executing the various software development lifecycle (SDLC) activities – user stories, use cases, software requirements, design, development and design verification (incl. unit, functional and system testing).

  • She/he is responsible for developing test plans and test cases for software components.

  • The individual is responsible for root cause analysis including troubleshooting of informatics work products during development and for on-market products.

  • She/he will be responsible for creating and maintaining documentation for the artifacts created during the SDLC.

  • The individual will be responsible for ensuring the continuous improvement and evolution of software work products.

  • The individual should independently conceive plans and implement development artifacts (requirements, analysis, design, documentation and software work products) as-needed to meet program goals.

  • The individual may travel occasionally per needs of the assigned project.

Position Accountability / Scope

  • The individual is responsible for the design, development and commercialization of informatics products in compliance with internal policies and procedures, both US and Foreign regulatory standards and requirements.

  • The individual will participate in development efforts using Agile development frameworks such as Scrum or Kanban.

  • The individual will interact with Project Managers, Product Owners, Architects and R&D Leadership on project scope, timeline, risks and budget.

  • She/he is accountable for the development of one or more informatics modules as assigned on individual programs.

  • The individual will work as part of cross-functional teams in Global Marketing, Research & Development, Information Technology, Quality, Operations, Regulatory and Business Development to deliver informatics products.

  • She/he will work with a broad range of technologists and support personnel both within and outside of Abbott.

Minimum Education

Bachelor of Science or an advanced degree, preferably computer science, engineering, physics, statistics, or mathematics.


An advanced degree or 2 years of experience at a startup or mid- to large-sized corporation is required. The candidate must have experience in developing and launching unique software / informatics products in one of the following industries: healthcare, defense, finance, telecommunications, or another regulated industry.

The candidate must have expert knowledge in at least 2 of the following:

  • Data modeling

  • SQL/NoSQL development

  • Inferential statistics

  • Predictive analytics

The candidate must have working knowledge in either SQL (PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, other) or NoSQL (Dynamo, Redis, MongoDB, other).

Prior experience with any of the following is a plus: R, Python, BI (Microsoft PowerBI, Tableau, Domo, Qlik, or equivalent), Streaming analytics, Machine Learning

Prior experience developing or working with Cloud-based technologies such as Amazon Web Services is highly desired.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email