Principal Product Design Engineer at Abbott (San Diego, CA)

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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 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


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 and management of diseases and other conditions.

Our location in San Diego, CA currently has an opportunity for a Principal User Experience Design Engineer within our Abbott Rapid Diagnostics business. The Principal User Experience Design Engineer will provide technical expertise to the design and development of point-of-care, rapid in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for Infectious Disease.

Principal User Experience Design Engineer will focus on the user interaction with the test, in particular the collection and loading of a diverse set of samples. They will develop product concepts of user facing consumables and hardware, through the design, prototyping and testing process. The ideal candidate is a subject matter expert in design and user experience that can provide technical consultation to the broader team. As development continues, they will responsible for human factors and usability testing of the complete test system.

  • Works with an in-house team and external partners to develop product designs for point-of-care IVD systems.
  • Leads team to conduct formative and summative studies of designs with customers to understand the user experience and ability to perform the test as intended. Defines experimental strategy, drafts protocols, collects and evaluates data, writes reports, and determines design direction based on data.
  • Interfaces with a cross-functional project team to ensure design requirements are met and product meets quality standards.
  • Maintains detailed documentation throughout all phases of research and development and assist in transfer to manufacturing.
  • Coordinates activities with outside suppliers and consultants to ensure the delivery of supplies or services needed to meet scheduled timelines.
  • Identifies and communicates with key contacts outside own area of expertise.
  • Perform other duties & projects as assigned.


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design or similar field
  • >8 years of experience in product design

  • Knowledge of the clinical IVD testing work environment
  • Experience in medical device development and design controls
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a team environment


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.

Product Development

IDDM ARDx Infectious Disease Developed Markets

United States > San Diego : 9995 Summers Ridge Road



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Abbott operates in the Healthtech industry. The company is located in Abbot Park, IL. Abbott was founded in 2022. It has 97838 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 222 open jobs at Abbott, click here.
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