Instrument Lead (Sr. Product Design Engineer)

in San Diego, CA

Instrument Lead (Sr. Product Design Engineer) Job

Job Description Job Attributes+

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  • Job Location

    San Diego, CA, US

  • Job Category

    Research & Development

  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

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

Our location in San Diego, CA currently has an opportunity for an Instrument Lead.  The person hired in this role is responsible for the instrument hardware design and the development of electro-mechanical aspects for our new point-of-care instrument platform. Reporting to the Head of Platform Design and New Technology, the successful candidate will translate customers’ input and commercial vision to technological parameters and product specifications in the instrument hardware design and development.

If hired, you will work with colleagues within and across Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Business Units as well as external partners to strategically define, design, and execute all elements related to the hardware for the new point-of-care instrument platform. You will also be responsible for design concept, prototyping, components selection, resolution of technical hurdles, and multi-phased qualification of the instrument hardware.

What You’ll Work On

  • Translates customer requirements and market needs into hardware platform architecture and technology roadmap(s) to aid the hardware design and development for the new point-of-care instrument platform.

  • Adopts efficient mechanisms to work with hardware engineers and design teams in multiple locations.

  • Able to apply hardware design expertise as well as platform development and commercialization experience in hardware design. As hardware technical lead, able to simplify the complex, evaluate technologies, recommend options, make tradeoffs, and drive effective solutions.

  • Able to successfully integrate at the system level by working closely with Assay Developers, Consumable Designers, Optical/Detection, and Firmware/Software teams.

  • Deep knowledge in key instrument hardware areas including sensors, optics, electronics, mechanical/drive, thermal, power, and enclosures. Demonstrated creativity and problem-solving ability.

  • Able to develop the test methods, supplier material specifications settings, release specification development, Bill of Materials development, process scaling, packaging, design transfer to manufacturing and validation/verification planning.

  • Ensure overall adherence to the product development process and full compliance with the quality system.

  • Able to prioritize, and balance requirements for features, performance attributes, cost, and menu expansion. Able to drive to resolution when conflict in requirements occurred.

  • Familiar with regulatory and clinical validation requirements for IVD products in US and international regions.

  • Experience leading very complex, interdisciplinary and highly complex projects.

Required Qualifications

  • MS/PHD degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Biomedical Engineering or similar field of study.

  • 12 years of experience in a similar role of expertise.

  • Understand assay development and integration to devices.


  • At least 10 years of successful experience in hardware and instrumentation development, preferably in a medical device, in IVD field, or other regulated environments. Direct experience with point-of-care instrumentation is a plus.

  • At least 5 or more years of experience as technical lead in previous or current role.

Cognitive skills:

  • Demonstrated strategic, critical thinking, curiosity, and ability to learn quickly and solve problems effectively.

  • Experience in working with large teams, with internal and external development partners in multiple locations and globally.

  • Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills.

* 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 $135,700.00 – $271,500.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • prototyping
  • optical
  • instrumentation development
  • hardware design
  • electronics
  • platform development
  • firmware
  • assay
  • hardware platform architecture
  • biomedical engineering
  • instrumentation
  • product development process
  • test methods
  • ivd
  • diagnostics
  • platform architecture
  • cognitive skills
  • critical thinking
  • customer requirements
  • packaging
  • bill of materials
  • assay development
  • platform design

Additional Information

Who We Are


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