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Scientist II - Assay Development (31019277)




Full Time


Pomona, California, United States

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.

The position of Scientist II is within our Toxicology business unit located in Pomona, California. The scope of this position is responsible for research implementing strategies and tactics formulated to develop DOA assay. This will be a key role in Product Development within the R&D Discovery team.

This job description will be reviewed periodically and is subject to change by management.


  • Executes and conducts research; may develop or recommend new procedures related to R&D processes
  • May Leads small to medium projects.
  • Provides technical review, direction and feedback to others.
  • Investigates, creates and develop new methods and technologies for project advancement with guidance from more experienced colleague.
  • Develop new conjugation methods using colloidal gold, or other new detection materials with antibody, antigen, proteins, and chemicals. Modify current/existing conjuration methods to improve the performance and to support the production products.
  • Design experiments based on deliverables and plan activities to meet the project timelines.
  • Conducts experiments, some complicated with more independence
  • Exercises good judgment on details of work when less common or proposed methods or procedures are necessary. Is expected to detect problems in using standardization procedures because of the condition of the sample, difficulties with the equipment, etc.
  • May provide guidance less experienced scientists; May conduct scientific phases of a project for a more experienced scientist
  • Works on moderate to more complicated or compound problems in which analysis of situations or data requires evaluation of identifiable factors from multiple disciplines; Proposes potential solutions to problems
  • Conduct complex experimentation including data collection, summary and thorough analysis, in support of department research projects and guidelines.
  • Compose robust experimentation strategies that maximize effective use of resources and time to deliver optimum information.
  • Possesses and applies knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to the completion of moderately complex assignments
  • Perform analytical test methods on the finished products based on CLSI and other FDA guidelines.
  • Participate as an integral member of the scientific staff in research strategy and methodology to resolve issues.
  • Provide recommendations and observations to scientific staff and management on results of projects/tasks. Play a key role in the research strategies and tactics for new or existing R&D projects.
  • Innovate research methods and product formulation to resolve problems and accomplish company objectives. Pro-actively recommend strategy to overcome hurdles.
  • Maintain records of laboratory activities and notebooks in a professional, accurate manner. May provide support to regulatory and intellectual property activities.
  • Transfer developed processes to the Manufacturing Team. Write and revise process document reports and transfer protocols.
  • Ability to create, review, and work with SOPs. MPs, and Batch Records.
  • Operate complex laboratory equipment and perform routine maintenance and repair. Interface with contracted repair technicians as required. Understand theoretical basis for analytical instrumentation.
  • May functionally direct junior research staff, as required.
  • Initiate literature review and searches to support ongoing research activities. Summarize findings in final form to management and recommend follow-up actions.
  • Generate oral and written reports and to summarize laboratory activities and projects per R&D manger’s request. Initiate communication with R&D manager and functions as necessary to coordinate other staffs’ activities effectively.
  • Monitor and maintain necessary laboratory supplies, with approval by senior department staff or R&D manager.
  • Work involving urine, blood or other potentially infectious materials may be required.
  • Knowledgeable of federal and other regulations, e.g. QSR’s, ISO, ISO 13485, CMDR
  • Understands and is aware of the quality consequences which may occur from the improper performance of their specific job; has awareness of device defects that may occur in their area of responsibility, including product design, verification and validation, manufacturing and testing activities
  • Responsible for exhibiting professional behavior with both internal/external business associates that reflects positively on the company and is consistent with the company’s policies and practices; build productive internal/external working relationships
  • Carries out duties in compliance with established business policies
  • Other duties as assigned, according to the changing needs of the business



  • BS degree in biological, biological, physical sciences or mathematics
  • Minimum of five years’ of experience of progressively responsible positions
  • Substantial experience in conjugation, with skills and knowledge in the field of specialty described above in chemical
  • Operate complex laboratory equipment and perform routine maintenance.
  • Ability to communicate and work with external and internal Abbott Rapid Diagnostic development partners, resource planning and management of time across multiple projects.
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills, computer skills with MS Office applications.


  • Graduate degree in Bioorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Material Sciences preferred
  • Conduct technical tasks with expertise in various types of conjugation with antibodies, antigens, proteins, or chemicals and lead projects with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and developing strategic solutions in product development to produce deliverables and meet timelines.
  • Ability to functionally direct and train junior research staff.
  • Ability to work well with global teams, including time-zone flexibility.
  • Has good knowledge of science and the ability to apply more complex and advance principles and techniques with experience


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  • 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

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