Research Scientist

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.

JOB DESCRIPTION:Primary Job Function
  • Serve as a scientific leader in development, validation, transfer, and maintenance of analytical methods in protein and food chemistry testing of products and ingredients to facilitate understanding of physical characteristics of Abbott Nutrition products such as emulsion stability, powder solubility, mouthfeel, flowability, and shelf-life stability, to name a few. 
  • Conceives, plans, designs, conducts or applies advanced research/scientific direction/scientific leadership in increasing complexity.  May establish research strategy.
  • Lead identification and evaluation of new technologies in the space and development of predictive models for shelf-life physical stability using data generated or at hand.
  • Work very closely with Product Development and Engineering groups to support product development, scale-up, and troubleshooting. 
Core Job Responsibilities
  • Act as lead scientist, project leader, or project contributor.  Provides scientific and technical direction and feedback.  
  • Provides consultation to others on technical issues. 
  • Interacts with other groups and shares information. 
  • May supervise technical personnel. 
  • Scientific partner to drive business strategy. 
  • Translate strategic needs of the division into executable programs and projects (Identify strategic needs/benefits for the business portfolio + Develops expertise in strategic areas + Contributes to the generation of new product ideas consistent with division strategy). 
  • Design, conduct and lead advanced independent or multidisciplinary research driven by strategic business needs + Responsible for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of experimental results + Produce reports and other documents of increasing complexity + Analyze results from multiple experiments/formulate conclusions/design future experiments.
  • Scientific Consultation (Provide consultation to other scientists and the business units on technical issues) and Communication (i.e: provide top line review of experimental results to large and diverse groups both internally and externally).  
  • ·May conduct routine testing of commercial and research samples.
  • Strategy: Project goals are broadly defined; defines project milestones; responsible for timely project completion. 
  • Designs experiments and documentation independently.
  • Quality of Work:  Responsible for documentation and for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of experimental results. 
  • Read, understand and comply with all applicable Division, area, and group-specific safety and employee health procedures. 
  • Comply with all applicable quality procedures.
  • Work Performance: Successfully summarizes data and analyzes results; formulates conclusions and determines future experiments.  Actively participates in routine maintenance, lab safety, GMP implementation as appropriate.  Based on area, may assume training role.
  • Complete documentation of experiments in laboratory notebook. Primary contribution to project reports summarizing results, conclusion, and recommendations as appropriate.
  • Regularly communicate project status to management.
  • Provide managers with periodic reports summarizing activities and progress within area of responsibility.
Skills & Experience
  • Ph.D. in a scientific related field with 3+ years’ experience in research or industry laboratory.  
  • BS/MS in a scientific related field with 16+ years’ experience in research or industry laboratory.
  • Experience with separation science (LC and CE), food science, protein chemistry, emulsions, and design of experiments (DOE) are required. 
  • Experience with milk-based systems and both liquid and spray drying formulations is required.