1+ months

Staff R&D Engineer

Plymouth, MN 55447

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

(Structural Heart) Our business purpose is to restore health and improve quality of life through the design and provision of device and management solutions for the treatment of structural heart disease.  We aim to lead the markets we serve by requiring the solutions we offer customers provide an improved benefit/risk profile as compared to existing standards of care; a performance threshold that by definition, guides and ensures the productive output of our engineering, business development, and clinical research efforts result in outcomes that advance the standard of care.


As STAFF R&D ENGINEER, you will use a wide variety of technical skills and leadership skill to lead a R&D team on a product development program.  This role requires skills in: technical reasoning, analyzing mechanical systems, designing mechanical systems, designing and running tests (e.g. mechanical and/or reliability testing), improving or resolving product features, documenting findings (e.g. protocol test reports, engineering memos), and finding and updating documents in product management system.  This role will also support internal and external customers (e.g. in supporting Marketing, Manufacturing Engineering, Production, Regulatory, and Quality Assurance , Physicians, and managing vendors). 


  • Research, develop, design, and evaluate medical device implants and delivery systems
  • Lead the technical team on a development program
  • Manage or provide leadership to technicians and/or junior Engineers
  • Partner with project management to create and maintain program schedules
  • Develop new concepts from initial design to market release
  • Conduct feasibility studies to verify capability and functionality
  • Investigate and evaluate existing technologies
  • Test method development through validation including anatomical relevant methods
  • Review or coordinate vendor activities to support development
  • Maintain detailed documentation throughout all phases of development
  • Work on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of multiple factors
  • Write and submit intellectual property (patents)
  • Participate in the development of less experienced staff by setting an example, providing guidance and work direction, and offering counsel
  • Establish and cultivate an extensive network of support to facilitate completion of assignments.
  • Participate in determining goals and objectives for projects. Influence middle management on technical or business solutions. May interact with vendors.
  • Plan and organize non-routine tasks w/approval.
  • Initiate or maintain work schedule. Establish priorities of work assignments.
  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments



  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical, or other related engineering field.
  • 7+ years of medical device work experience, primarily in R&D engineering
  • Experience in various aspects of designing and testing medical devices
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to lead 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 leading others with direct reports
  • Experience in designing Class III devices or catheter and delivery system and knowledge of manufacturing process
  • Metals experience a plus – stainless steel and nitinol material – including processing and evaluation methods
  • Product testing and test method development

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Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Medical Surveillance: Not Applicable
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


Posted: 2021-03-19 Expires: 2021-05-21

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