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Principal Engineer Embedded Software



Full Time


Alameda, California, United States

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 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

At Abbott, we believe people with diabetes should have the freedom to enjoy active lives. That’s why we’re focused on helping people with diabetes manage their health more effectively and comfortably, with life-changing products that provide accurate data to drive better-informed decisions. We’re revolutionizing the way people monitor their glucose levels with our new sensing technology.

Our location in Alameda, CA, currently has an opportunity for a Principal Engineer Embedded Software.

As a Principal Engineer Embedded Software you will be a recognized expert in software development with broad expertise in complete lifecycle management of embedded software designs, specifically in the areas of new software development, software maintenance, resolving significant technical issues as well as providing direction for new software technology/process development activities that have a broad impact to the company goals. This includes functional or technical leadership of the software group or software projects, as well as, providing technical leadership for application software and firmware designs and development to be used in medical diagnostic devices (both class II and III).


  • Functional management of software engineering or very senior technical contributor and may be responsible for staffing and maintaining the groups high level of technical competence and productivity.

  • Technical leader responsible for maintaining and enhancing the high level of technical competence of the Engineering Staff.

  • Provide technical leadership in embedded software development and project scheduling, provide oversight for design integration and testing and reliably deliver high-quality software within schedule constraints.

  • Capable of working at high level of performance on projects and activities that dramatically impacts the business. Participate as senior engineering representative in product development teams for development strategies of new products and services.

  • Work with external software consultants as required for system development, algorithm design and project management to deliver on established project milestones.

  • Implement software design efficiently in current programming languages (C, C, Assembly, etc.) to include use of appropriate tools and techniques for productivity and code quality: debuggers, profilers, unit testing, source control, etc.

  • Participate in the full life cycle of development, from specification and design through implementation, testing, and support.

  • Lead the evaluation of new software design tools, software architectures, microprocessors and algorithms. Coordinating and working effectively with other departments to provide software support as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Engineering or related field with a minimum of 12 years’ experience or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. 8 years of solid programming experience using current programming languages (e.g., C, C, Assembly etc), structured software development and/or Object Modeling Design experience and in software development of embedded systems for safety critical products.

  • Strong debugging techniques and experience on using debugger and ICE is required.

  • Strong working knowledge of the principles of quality software engineering as described by software lifecycle development processes that are consistent with ISO, IEEE, or other FDA recognized standards.

  • Experience in Source Control Management is required.

  • Excellent knowledge of general software engineering principles and troubleshooting skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.


  • Masters Degree or PhD in Engineering or related field preferred.

  • Experience on multitasking in RTOS, real-time software design and development is highly preferable.

  • Experience of using UML is preferable.

  • Knowledgeable on device driver and low level device interface design and development is a plus.

  • Knowledgeable on microprocessor architecture is a strong plus.

  • Excellent knowledge and experience in Communications design and test using Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, NFC, TCP/IP, USB or equivalent is a plus


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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