Staff Engineer R&D

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.

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.

Our location in Menlo Park, CA currently has an opportunity for a Staff R&D Engineer. This is an exciting opportunity to join Abbott's fast-growing Structural Heart business unit home of the lifesaving MitraClip medical device. The Staff R&D Engineer for product development is responsible for designing and developing implanted medical devices and delivery systems.

  • Researches, develops, designs, and evaluates medical device implants and delivery systems.
  • Develops new concepts from initial design to market release.
  • Investigates and evaluates existing technologies.
  • Reviews or coordinates vendor activities to support development.
  • Participates in the development of less experienced staff by setting an example, providing guidance and work direction, and offering counsel.
  • Participates in determining goals and objectives for projects.
  • Works on complex problems where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting deigns, methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

  • Requires a minimum of 8 years or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field, preferably mechanical or biomedical engineering.
  • CAD experience.
  • Familiar with common materials and practices to produce medical devices (injection molding experience).
  • Experience with GD&T, stack-up analysis, and mechanical testing.
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Multitasks, prioritizes, and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Will perform this job in a quality system environment.
  • Has broad knowledge of various technical alternatives and their potential impact on the business.
  • Ability to travel approximately 15%, including internationally.

Preferred Qualifications
  • SolidWorks
  • Medical Device Design experience.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

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