Senior Engineer Material Scientist

in Plano, TX

Senior Engineer Material Scientist Job

Job Description Job Attributes+

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  • Job Location

    Plano, TX, US

  • Job Category

    Research & Development

  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 5 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

Job Title: Senior Engineer Material Scientist, R&D - Polymers


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

This position works out of our Plano, Texas location in the Neuromodulation Division. Our Neuromodulation business includes implantable devices compatible with mobile technology to help people who suffer from chronic pain and movement disorders. These non-opioid therapies allow us to provide interventional pain therapy to patients throughout the pain continuum.

It sounds like science fiction: sending small electrical pulses to the spine to block pain signals or to the brain to suppress tremor. As a Material Engineer/Scientist at Abbott Neuromodulation, you will have the opportunity to develop technology platforms that improve the lives of those suffering from chronic pain and movement disorders.

You will work closely with advanced development, mechanical engineering, and process development teams to select the right polymers for our future implantable devices that ensure long-term performance and manufacturability.

What You’ll Work On

  • Researches, develops, designs, and evaluates mechanical and electro-mechanical materials, components, assemblies, processes and/or equipment.
  • Responsible for material characterization of raw materials, in-process samples, & finished goods using imaging technology, element analysis & spectrometry.
  • Identifies materials-driven risks based on manufacturing processes/patient-use and means to quantify risks.
  • Independently conceives, executes, and communicate novel multi-disciplinary research strategies that achieve project and area goals.
  • Generates new scientific proposals and lead those efforts.
  • Anticipates and critically evaluates scientific advances or competitive threats and responds with appropriate new strategies.
  • Serves as a lead on his/her own projects and contribute scientific insights into multiple other projects.
  • Incorporates peer-reviewed literature into own research and recommendations.
  • Demonstrates excellent record of accomplishment of scientific and business objectives.
  • Develops productive collaborations and communication with other materials experts across divisions within the organization and with scientists outside of Abbott.

Required Qualifications

  • Provides guidance in the preparation of unusual and/or challenging tasks for the specific type of analysis required or requested (FEM, SEM, EDS, FTIR, Raman, TGA, DMA, DSC or other instruments relating to materials analysis).
  • Strong history of cross-functional collaboration with other engineering disciplines.
  • Experience in developing new technology and new applications in the field.
  • Experience in both materials characterization and regulatory affairs to support product approval filing and marketing.
  • Knowledge of polymers in the implantable medical device field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of relevant product development or R&D experience (preferably with implantable hardware)
  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Science, Polymer Science/Engineering, or equivalent
  • Advanced degree preferred


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. Connect with us at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

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.

Job Skills

  • product development
  • materials characterization
  • material characterization
  • materials science
  • polymer science
  • filing
  • ftir
  • regulatory affairs
  • imaging technology
  • mechanical engineering
  • sem
  • process development
  • electro-mechanical materials

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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