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Senior Scientist

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.

Diagnostic testing is a compass, providing information that helps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions.

Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools give you accurate, timely information to better manage your health. We’re empowering smarter medical and economic decision making to help transform the way people manage their health at all stages of life. Every day, more than 10 million tests are run on Abbott’s diagnostics instruments, providing lab results for millions of people.

The position of **Sr Scientist** is within our Product Technical Support Process Engineering group in the Infectious Disease Developed Markets business unit located in Westbrook, Maine. The primary function of the position is to provide technical expertise and troubleshooting related to lateral flow and molecular diagnostic assays. The role involves root cause analysis of manufacturing failures and the implementation of design changes related to processes and process controls. Other primary functions include the identification, review, and assessment of process technologies that could improve manufacturing efficiency and product quality as well as increasing yields and reducing cycle times. This role will liaise between Product Technical Support, R&D, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and site-level Operations throughout the implementation of process improvements. The ideal candidate will possess a strong scientific background with a PhD or equivalent work experience, excellent communication skills, a team-centric attitude, and creative/innovative problem-solving skills.


+ Designs and executes experiments leading to the development and implementation of robust manufacturing processes and applies analytical techniques to investigate on-market product performance issues and investigations.

+ Analyzes data from multiple experiments, formulates conclusions and determines future experiments.

+ Participates in document (SOP, Batch Record, data reports) preparation and review; writes and updates process associated plans, protocols and reports for small and full-scale studies.

+ Integrates data and identifies critical process variables.

+ Documents experimental procedures and results according to established guidelines.

+ Facilitates process transfer and training at sites of manufacture.

+ Trains lower-level scientists.

+ Participates in lab safety.

+ Presents scientific observations at internal technology reviews.

+ Expertise and Problem Solving: Establishes criteria and technical standards for excellence; anticipates, recognizes, and resolves technical problems; identifies new directions for research.

+ Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system



+ Doctorate (PhD) in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Materials Science, or a related technical field _or_ the equivalent combination of education and experience.


+ 2+ years in the Biotechnology industry with a significant focus in process design and development or process scale up / manufacturing.

+ Technical knowledge of cGMP regulations for biologics manufacturing a plus.

+ Experience in bioconjugation (antibody drug conjugation) with an emphasis on protein purification and protein analytical techniques and/or experience in nucleic acid research.

+ Experience in nanoparticle or microparticle coatings/manipulations is a plus.

+ Experience with standard analytical techniques including HPLC, FPLC, UV-Vis spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, solid phase DNA/RNA synthesis, solid phase peptide synthesis.

+ Prior experience in aspects of lateral flow, molecular diagnostics, ELISA-based assays, and/or immunochromatographic devices.

+ Knowledge of statistical data analysis and DOE methodology.

+ Additional experience may include virology/immunology, understanding of protein-protein interactions, and a working knowledge of viral/bacterial growth.

+ Candidates should work well in a team environment and have flexibility to work on changing priorities.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

+ **A fast-paced work environment** where your safety is our priority ( **Manufacturing roles only** )

+ Production areas that are **clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled** ( **Manufacturing roles only** )

+ **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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**An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.**

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email

Senior Scientist

Full time
Westbrook, ME 04092

Published on 04/17/2021

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