Senior Software Engineer

Abbott Park IL Abbott Laboratories

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and your 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 the best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

Our Diagnostics business currently has an opportunity for the role of Senior Software Engineer for our Abbott Park, IL location. The primary function of this position is to help develop robotics control and scheduling applications used in a laboratory environment, automating the testing of donor blood and plasma.  The ideal candidate will have experience in motion control and fluidics, utilizing servos and stepper motors to physically move mechanisms into position and valves and pumps to process fluids.

What You’ll Work On

  • Will contribute to the design and development of embedded robotic control software under a disciplined product development process that meets FDA and other regulatory requirements.  
  • Will work on software design, coding, and validation.  Will support formal verification and validation testing, and ensure that development conforms to design specifications and coding standards.
  • Work as part of a cross functional team to realize subsystem designs, assisting in the preparation of software design requirements and documenting work products via software design descriptions, design reviews, code reviews, unit testing, and formal verification.
  • Design and implement low-level device control layer (driver level) software in current programming languages (e.g. C, C++).
  • Design and implement application layer device control software utilizing statecharts to automate mechanical engineering designs.
  • Assist in the evaluation of selected designs through testing and full documentation of the results.
  • Investigate on-market issues, determine appropriate corrections, and implement those corrections underneath our software engineering process.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Electrical or Computer Science or related engineering or scientific field.
  • 6 years relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree or 4 yrs with Masters degree.
  • 4 years of experience related to software design and/or coding.
  • Good knowledge of software engineering principles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 8 years of experience and a Bachelors degree or 6 years with Masters degree.
  • Experience with unit testing and mocking environments, (Google Unit Test, Google Mock, etc).
  • 5 years experience with RTOS based applications (QNX, etc) and inter-process communications (persistent-publish-subscribe (PPS), application messaging/notifications, google protocol buffers, etc).
  • Solid understanding of C++ and robotics and sensor control including state machine usage (boost statecharts, visual state, etc) and common algorithms (debouncing sensor inputs, slip detection, etc).
  • Understanding of device level communications (as demonstrated by prior work).

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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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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.

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