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 new products in the dynamic structural heart space where Abbott is a leading provider of solutions.

Job Duties:

  • Conceptualize new devices using material knowledge and innovative mechanical design

  • Conceive and build prototypes

  • Establish requirements and specifications

  • Run empirical and experimental analysis

  • Work with outside consultants, vendors, and the medical community

  • Support animal and bench testing and clinical evaluations

  • Investigate issues and define root causes in complex systems

  • Support design reviews and physician visits

  • Plan, coordinate, and execute activity in support of project goals

  • Develop test methods and clinically relevant models

  • Identify and mitigate project risks

  • Maintain knowledge of the developing clinical environment (i.e. current treatment methods, evolving clinical needs etc.)

  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments

  • Maintain positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical, or other related engineering field.

  • 5+ years of related work experience, primarily in R&D engineering

  • Experience designing and testing medical devices preferred

  • Project management skills

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

  • 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

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

  • Experience with modeling tools like SolidWorks preferred

  • Plastics injection molding and/or extrusion experience preferred

  • Metals experience a plus – stainless steel and nitinol material – including processing and evaluation methods

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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