Abbott Sr R & D Engineer in Westford, Massachusetts

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Position Summary

Responsible for providing engineering support in the creation and the development of new medical device products (invasive and non-invasive).

Independent R&D role managing a physiology test lab for Abbott Vascular in Westford, MA. Responsible for the design and development of test methods and supporting research for new product development of physiology systems and consumable products.

Main Responsibilities

Researches, develops, designs, and evaluates mechanical and electro-mechanical materials, components, assemblies, processes and/or equipment. Conducts feasibility studies to verify capability and functionality. Develops new concepts from initial design to market release. Directs support personnel and coordinates project activities.

Write and submit intellectual property (patents). Maintains detailed documentation throughout all phases of research and development. Investigates and evaluates existing technologies. Reviews or coordinates vendor activities to support development.

Accountability

(Influence/Leadership) Establishes and cultivates an extensive network of support to facilitate completion of assignments. Participates in the development of less experienced staff by setting an example, providing guidance and work direction, and offering counsel. May lead a project team. Participates in determining goals and objectives for projects. Influences middle management on technical or business solutions. May interact with vendors.

(Planning/Organization) Plans and organizes non-routine tasks w/approval. Initiates or maintains work schedule. Establishes priorities of work assignments.

(Decision Making/Impact) Exercises judgment in selecting innovative, practical methods to achieve problem resolution. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious program delays and considerable expenditure of resources.

Qualifications/Experience

Bachelor's degree (Mechanical or Biomechanical Engineer preferred) plus 6+ years of related work experience with a strong understanding of specified functional area, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Advanced degree (PhD) preferred.

(Technical/Business Knowledge (Job Skills)) Wide application of technical principles, practices, and procedures. Strong understanding of business unit function and cross group dependencies/relationships. Will perform this job in a quality system environment. Failure to adequately perform tasks can result in noncompliance with governmental regulations.

(Cognitive Skills) Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Exercises judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Has a sound knowledge of various technical alternatives and their impact.

Experience:

** Experience working with mechanical testing background (microfluidics or thermal electrical experience)

** Hands-on experimentalist (required for this role)

** Experience designing equipment and/or product development

** Machine shop experience or working with vendors for parts

** Experience documenting test procedures (protocols/reports)

** Fluid dynamics or similar lab experience

** Preclinical experience or Cath lab exposure desired

** Medical Industry experience preferred

High energy / Fast learner

Independent / Self-motivated

Clear logic / troubleshooting

Clear, effective Communication (verbal and written)

MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint skills

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 corpjat@abbott.com