Principal Engineer,

Abbott Laboratories
July 22, 2021
Santa Clara, CA
Job Type


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.


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.

Our location in Santa Clara, CA currently has an opportunity for a Principal Engineer.

The Principal Engineer is expected to lead and participate in projects involving the design, fabrication, validation, and manufacture of complex instrument subassemblies, systems, or processes. The engineer will analyze, evaluate, and plan methods of approach to solve complex technical problems.

Conducts investigations of considerable complexity pertaining to the development of new designs, methods, materials, or processes, and investigates possible applications of the results.

Accountable for applying a deep understanding of engineering applications, behaviors, and architected solutions to streamline product development in addition to ensuring product quality.  Works with a cross functional team to ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer requirements and performance requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.  This position is expected to support multiple project efforts in parallel. 

Description of the system:

The Alinity h-system is an automated system that is used for analysis of Hematological samples. It is composed of electromechanical subsystems that must interface with each other to perform sample preparation and analysis of patient samples. Each subsystem must meet its individual requirements and interface with other subsystems to ensure that instrument requirements are met.


  • The engineer will lead investigations to address complex System and Hardware Problems that require a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • Can work on multiple projects in parallel:  Establishes and reviews complex plans for multiple activities/ projects or plans highly complex personal projects, monitors and takes corrective action for processes and systems., Translates Regulatory Requirements into Validation Process: Creates efficient protocols for validation of complex system functions and defines validation process.

  • Provide technical consultation to technical staff concerning problems within a specific area of engineering or for a specific project

  • Recommend methods or corrections in technical reviews to insure project completion.

  • Applies the results of reviews of literature, patents, and current practices relevant to the business, uses results to determine strategic technical direction.

  • Plan and direct major technical phases of projects within a specific area of design. Provides technical direction to and coordinates the efforts of engineers and technical support staff in the performance of assigned projects.

  • Leads or enables project completion and is responsible for interfacing with product team members, PCB designers, test design engineers, R&D, marketing, regulatory (internal), site engineering, Instrument Development managers, and operations and business unit managers.

  • Communicates with stakeholders in a manner appropriate to the goals of the communication. This includes: Marketing, Design Transfer, Service, and R&D representatives.

  • Applies Systems Thinking: Optimizes solutions from a systems point of view performing adequate change impact assessment for other parts of the system.

  • Designs/Modifies complex systems architecture requiring multi-disciplinary expertise or in-depth knowledge in a single discipline, defines parameters and boundaries for lower level design activities.

  • Serves in Multiple Team Roles: Serves as leader, contributor, facilitator, consultant, technical expert, arbitrator, evaluator according to the needs of the team and task.

  • Initiates Decisions: Makes timely and effective decisions, considers alternatives, uses sound judgment, achieves closure on work Confronts Issues: Confronts issues in a constructive manner and at an appropriate organizational level, perseveres in the face of adversity.

  • Reviews project progress and evaluates results.

  • Reviews, generates, and approves related inputs such as drawings and specifications.

  • Evaluates vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or closely related discipline

  • 8 or more years of progressive work experience.

  • Knowledge of regulations and standards affecting IVDs and Biologics


  • MS preferred; Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering, Bioengineering

  • Six Sigma yellow belt certified preferred

  • Experience with robotics/mechatronics including experience with Firmware for robotics preferred

  • Experience with design and control analysis tools such as MATLAB, SIMULINK, ZEMAX, ANSYS, etc. Required

  • Experience with risk management and design control activities preferred

  • Experience planning and executing projects that require contribution from cross-functional team members including marketing, design transfer, engineering, verification required.


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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