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2023 Winter Human Factors Engineering Co-Op



Full Time

On Site


Burlington, Massachusetts, 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.

The student will contribute as an active team member by focusing on product development, professional development, and technical skill development.

The student will use Human Factors Engineering knowledge to contribute to a team designing and developing innovative medical devices that treat heart failure, in support of the company's strategic plan. This student will be expected to apply their human factors engineering principles, and bring a level of enthusiasm, positive outlook, and inquisitiveness as they participate on cross-functional teams to resolve usability problems. The student should have an affinity to learn and grow as they collaborate and support cross-functional team members from a wide range of Abbott departments in multiple geographic locations, as well as with external users of the devices, including clinicians and patients.

The duties and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Applies usability principles to the evaluation and solution of complex product design problems.

· Owns or assists with pre-defined tasks within a large program, such as use case specification, use FMEA, and/or usability studies, and drives them to on-time high quality completion.

· Gathers and analyzes use errors and issues for medical devices and translates these into specific system risk mitigations.

· Investigates and defines usability requirements for new product development

· Owns or assists with development of usability test methods and test execution (heuristic, formative, summative) to optimize the user experience.

· Produces documentation, reports and analysis that adheres to Abbott processes, FDA Guidelines for usability, and IEC Standards 62366 and 60601-1-6.

· Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.

The candidate will:

· Gain an understanding of the developing clinical environment (i.e. current treatment methods, evolving clinical needs, etc.).

· Gain an understanding of Abbott company policies, processes, and task assignments, as well as US/international requirements for usability in medical device development.

· Work with multiple internal R&D functions and geographic sites.


· 3.0 GPA or above

· Must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship

· Successfully completed at least two years of college coursework

· Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.

· Ability to maintain positive, professional, and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and users.

· Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.

· Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

· Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.

· Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.