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Research Associate II Assay Development

Abbott Laboratories
San Diego County, CA
Closing date
Oct 15, 2021

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research Associate
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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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


At Abbott, diverse ideas, perspectives, and expertise allow us to create life-changing solutions that help people live healthier lives. In 150 countries and with businesses spanning nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices, and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott offers you enormous opportunities to explore your interests and help you achieve your career and personal goals.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Innovative Research Associate Assay Development within our Abbott Rapid Diagnostics business located at Carlsbad, CA. In this role, you will help expand test content on the ID NOW platform by designing, screening and optimizing novel assays as well as engaging in research activities focused on expanding the capabilities of the core technology. Now is an exciting time to join!

Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (formerly Alere) is part of Abbotts 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.

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in molecular techniques
  • Implement experimental procedures
  • Conduct test protocols, procedures, and product evaluations, and maintain proper documentation
  • Correlate work and comprehend the relation of the problem to a larger one. Provide suggestions related to assigned problem
  • Write SOPs and study reports
  • Work within the established design control process for product development and to transfer new products from R&D into manufacturing
  • Work as a member of a team on product development efforts, as well as on independent development and improvement projects
  • Works as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other scientists, chemists, engineers and manufacturing personnel on product transfer efforts
  • Liaise with suppliers of raw materials
  • Perform work using clinical specimens and biohazardous organisms
  • Investigate problem areas and areas of desirable product improvement
  • Possess good communication skills, capable of communicating ideas to colleagues
  • Use problem-solving skills combined with analytical skills and good attention to detail


  • B.S. in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry, or a closely related field
  • At least two years of molecular laboratory experience, preferably in industry
  • Hands-on experience with PCR and comprehension of molecular biology techniques
  • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting capabilities
  • Experience working under design control and with FDA regulatory submissions
  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of molecular diagnostics

  • Understanding of the procedures, processes, record keeping, software systems and infrastructure of product development and product transfer is highly desirable
  • Hands-on molecular diagnostic product development experience a plus
  • Hands-on molecular diagnostic product transfer experience a plus


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.

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