Senior Scientist R&D

Saint Paul, MN

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Job Title Sr. Scientist R&D

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

We currently have an opportunity for a Sr. Scientist R&D in St. Paul, MN in the Vascular Division.

Abbott Vascular provides innovative, minimally invasive, and cost-effective products for treatment of vascular disease.

The Senior Scientist will work within a team focused on the chemical characterization of medical devices in a highly regulated environment. The position will report to the chemistry manager. The position is a hands-on and laboratory focused, entailing all aspects of chemical characterization from sample receipt to data reporting. A high level of skill related to sample preparation, method development, and chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis is required.

What You’ll Work On

  • Prepare/Extract samples (solid/liquid, liquid/liquid extraction, concentration)
  • Execute solvent compatibility assessments
  • Design extraction studies
  • Establish and communicate timelines
  • Operate analytical balance, incubator/shaker, ovens, pH meters, and microscopes
  • Analyze samples via GC/MS, LC/MS, ICP-MS, and FTIR
  • Develop, improve, and qualify/validate methods
  • Populate and maintain chemical/material database
  • Train lab personnel
  • Supervise or direct others day to day work
  • Review/Approve data
  • Author protocols/reports
  • Execute and document work adhering to good laboratory practices (GLP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Document, analyze, report, and review data in electronic lab notebook system
  • Adhere to all lab safety requirements


Required Experience

  • BA or BS in chemistry with 8 years of experience/MS with 4 years of experience/PhD with 2 years of experience with a basic understanding of specified functional area, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Solid experience with mass spectral interpretation LC/MS or GC/MS
  • Knowledge of Extractable and Leachable analysis
  • Strong Knowledge of ISO 10993 Part 18
  • Ability to perform standard mathematic/statistical calculations in Microsoft Excel
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with cross functional teams and management
  • Knowledge and application of GDP, GLP, and GMP
  • Ability to work autonomously with little oversight of day-to-day work
  • Knowledge and application of Microsoft suite of applications
  • Expert with at least one of the following software applications:
  • Chemstation (Open Lab)/ Mass hunter, Empower, Chromeleon, Xcalibur, Tracefinder, Compound Discoverer, Mass Profiler
  • Troubleshooting experience with systems referred to in primary responsibilities section
  • Method development and method validation experience
  • DOE/statistical analysis as applied to problem solving
  • Medical device background preferred

Apply Now

  • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

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The base pay for this position is $72,700.00 – $145,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Scientist / R&D
North America

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