Abbott Principal R&D Engineer in St. Paul, 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.

We are looking for a high caliber Principal R&D Engineer who will use multidisciplinary engineering knowledge to design and develop innovative medical devices or components/subsystems in support of company’s strategic plan. They will also manage and supervise the R&D Engineering Test lab along with managingTechs that operate in the lab.

Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Conceptualize new devices using material knowledge and innovative mechanical design.

  • Conceive and build prototypes.

  • Run empirical and experimental analysis utilizing various analytical design tools.

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

  • Project planning and execution: Plan, coordinate, and execute activity in support of project goals

  • Support animal and bench testing and clinical evaluations.

  • Support design reviews and physician visits.

  • Establish design requirements and specifications

  • Test method and model development

  • Identify and mitigate projects risks

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

  • Ensure compliance with procedural and documentation requirements of Abbott, FDA and ISO design controls

  • Manage and supervise technicians, Co-Ops/Interns, and entry level engineers

Education and/or Experience:

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

  • MS degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred

  • 10+ years experience, mainly in R&D engineering

  • Experience designing and testing medical devices required, preferably interventional cardiology & cardiac surgery devices.

  • Experience managing technicians, Co-Ops/Interns, and entry level engineers

  • Experience with a variety of manufacturing processes and designing for manufacturability required.

  • Project leadership and management skills preferred.

  • Plastics injection molding and/or extrusion experience preferred.

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

  • Tissue experience preferred.

  • CAD Experience in SolidWorks and/or ProE a plus.

  • Open to or experienced in the latest design tools and techniques (ie, Six Sigma, Design for Manufacturability, Analytical Design)

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