Senior Scientist - Product Development

  • Job Reference: 425339798-2
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: Abbott Laboratories
  • Location: Scarborough, Maine
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Science & Technology
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

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.

About Abbott

The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott's life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations - with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Scientist (Product development) within our Abbott Rapid Diagnostics business located at Portland, Maine. In this role, you will serve

as a Technical Lead who guides the design and development of new In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) tests from Feasibility to Commercialization. This technical lead, hands-on position will focus on lateral flow product development from feasibility through launch. The incumbent plays a critical role in the successful commercialization of products. Abbott Rapid Diagnostics 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.


  • Responsible for guiding day-to-day lab work of lateral flow development teams.
  • Lead by example, provide leadership within the Infectious Diseases business unit, including but not limited to product development planning and execution, quality and regulatory compliance, technical support and issue resolution, improving process efficiency, application of DOE, process control, and statistical tools.
  • Includes hands-on bench work and mentoring and guiding less experienced staff. Attention to experimental detail and 'best lab practices' required on a daily basis.
  • Required to work across multiple projects, simultaneously, and with aggressive delivery milestones.
  • Performs daily technical expertise which include, but not limited to, product development, design change/change control, design review, product investigation, DHF remediation, design transfer from R&D to manufacturing, etc.



  • Advanced degree in a biological sciences discipline; PhD preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience
  • Direct product development and successful product commercialization experience.
  • Experience with immunoassay product development
  • Successful transfer and commercialization of on-market product(s)


  • Previous experience in the IVD/ Medical Device field.
  • Drive for Results: The candidate is energized by challenges and the opportunity to deliver. Using relevant business metrics, demonstrates technical leadership, resolves issues, seeks continuous process improvement, and achieves business goals.
  • Leadership: The candidate will work across multiple projects and work with cross-functional teams. Must have leadership skills to create a strong, highly engaged and productive team. The candidate must demonstrate strong problem-solving and communication skills, able to work in a matrix environment balancing business priority and accomplishing business goals. This role requires strong technical expertise in immunoassay development, manufacturing transfer and process control.
  • Strategic Thinking: The candidate will layout clear implementation pathways that align Technical development activities to the priority of Business Unit. Works effectively with functional leads to align timeline commitments among project and cross-functional team such that agreed objectives and timings for completion of activities are achieved. Timely communicates, is quick to shift priority and adjust plan in order to drive for results under changing circumstances.


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

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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