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R&D Engineer II (MRI Safety)

Abbott Laboratories

This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted January 15, 2022.

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.

A healthy heart is essential to good health. That’s why we’re committed to advancing treatments for people with cardiovascular disease. As a global leader in Cardiac Rhythm Technologies, our breakthrough medical technologies help restore people’s health so they can get back to living their best lives, faster. We focus on innovative technologies that can improve the way doctors treat people with heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

Our location in Sylmar, CA, currently has an opportunity for R&D Engineer II (MRI Safety).  

**No previous experience in MRI is required for the role, but you should have a desire to learn about MRI.**


  • Contribute to MRI Safety evaluations for complex cardiac implantable device systems design across the product development cycle including requirements definition, risk management, verification and validation.  Own development and implementation of test setups and instrumentation, test planning and execution, including data analysis and report generation.

  • Research, develop, design, and evaluate medical device implant MRI safety methods; remains abreast of implant safety standards in the field of MRI

  • Conduct MRI RF safety assessment of leaded or lead-less active implantable systems.

  • Collect bench measurements using custom as well as off-the-shelf lab instrumentation such as power supplies, RF amplifiers, RF, gradient and static magnet bench-test equipment, oscilloscopes, network analyzer, ohm meters, current probes, etc.

  • Perform mathematical and statistical calculations such as sample size determination, standard deviations, linear regressions/fitting techniques, error analysis, and probabilities and understand monte carlo methods.

  • Exercise technical judgment in planning, organizing, performing, coordinating and/or directing engineering work. 

  • Prioritize tasks by distinguishing urgent from important tasks and assess cost/benefit trade-offs.

  • Innovate within project work to improve the organization, solve technical challenges, and develop intellectual property

  • Maintain detailed documentation throughout all phases of research and development.

  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments

  • Gain an understanding of the developing clinical environment (i.e. current treatment methods, evolving clinical needs etc.).

  • Gain an understanding of the quality and regulatory requirements of Abbott, FDA and ISO regulations

  • Maintain positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, contractors, and vendors

  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.



  • Bachelors Degree in in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering, or a related engineering field or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

  • Minimum 3 years of related work experience.

  • Data analysis experience with proficiency in analytical tools such as MATLAB, Excel, LabVIEW, Minitab, Python, etc.

  • Working knowledge of principals of statistics.

  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization. 

  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in a timely manner. Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as an attention to detail. 

  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment. Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.


  • Medical device industry design controls experience including design controls, requirements, risk management, and verification responsibilities.

  • Preferred knowledge of the interaction between implanted medical devices and the MRI fields, and testing for safety concerns with this interaction.

  • Functional experience with CAD applications (such as PTC Creo, Solidworks, etc.)


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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