Principal Scientist, Platform Development

Abbott Laboratories San Diego , CA 92140

Posted 7 days ago


At Abbott, diverse ideas, perspectives, and expertise allow us to create life-changing solutions that help people live healthier lives. In 150 countries and with businesses spanning nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices, and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott offers you enormous opportunities to explore your interests and help you achieve your career and personal goals.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Scientist, Platform Development within our Abbott Rapid Diagnostics business located at San Diego, CA. In this role, you will provide technical expertise to the design and development of point-of-care, rapid in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for Infectious Disease.

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (formerly Alere) is part of Abbott's Diagnostics family of businesses, bringing together exceptional teams of experts and industry-leading technologies to support diagnostic testing which provides important information for treatment and management of diseases and other conditions


The position of Principal Scientist, Platform Development provides technical expertise to a R&D team developing a novel platform for point-of-care testing. Based on the product requirements, this scientist will identify appropriate chemistries/technologies to solve key challenges associated with the product (e.g. reagent deposition/drying, sample preparation). They will be responsible for researching and testing these solutions and working with the larger team to integrate these technologies into the overall system. As the program progresses, the individual will contribute to the medical device development process, including developing specifications, testing/verification, and risk management. Collaboration with the broader Infectious Disease Developed Markets Business (Marketing, Operations, Clinical, Quality, Regulatory) is essential to delivering new product designs from concept to launch.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Research and develop technologies that enable high performance, widely accessible, point-of-care IVD systems.

  • Collect data to prove the feasibility of technologies or formulations

  • Work with the larger team to evaluate and integrate technologies into a platform that meets product requirements.

  • Identify external partners that can provide expertise that we lack or have proprietary technologies that we need.

  • Interface with a cross-functional project team to manage risks and ensure the product meets quality standards.

  • Maintain detailed documentation throughout all phases of research and development and assist in transfer to manufacturing.

  • Coordinate activities with outside suppliers and consultants to ensure the delivery of supplies or services needed to meet scheduled timelines.

  • Identify and communicate with key contacts outside own area of expertise.

  • Perform other duties & projects as assigned.


  • PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry or similar field

  • 8 years of experience in product development roles integrating biochemistry and engineering

  • Development of systems incorporating cell/viral lysis, filters, lyophilization, magnetic beads, or similar components

  • Demonstrated ability to drive complex projects with minimal supervision

  • Experience in medical device development and design controls

  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Organized and detail oriented

  • Ability to work in a team environment

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Principal Scientist, Platform Development

Abbott Laboratories