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Sr. Firmware Design Engineer

Company: 3205 St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, I
Location: Plano
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Job Description:

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.


Our Neuromodulation business is an area of expertise for Abbott. This business includes implantable devices compatible with mobile technology to help people who suffer from chronic pain and movement disorders. Our Solutions include Proclaim (TM) XR SCS System, the #1 Spinal cord stimulator on the market, Proclaim (TM) DRG Neurostimulator, the only FDA approved DRG therapy and a market leader in radiofrequency ablation therapy, Abbott RFA. These non-opioid therapies allow us to provide interventional pain therapy to patients throughout the pain continuum. Our deep brain stimulation technology for progressive diseases help people manage their Parkinson's disease and essential tremor symptoms, steering away from side effects.

Our location in Plano, TX currently has an opportunity for a Senior Firmware Design Engineer. The Senior Engineer works independently to design new best in class implantable and external neuromodulation devices, for the treatment of chronic pain and neurological disorders. The Senior Engineer designs products and development tools in a fast-paced cross-functional design environment, and is current on new technologies and design practices. This includes providing instruction, oversight, and mentoring to other design engineers and pushing for excellence in themselves and the team.


  • Functions as the central firmware/software development expert within the organization
  • Functions as the BLE development expert within the organization
  • Architect optimal firmware design for a whole product using advanced engineering and scientific principles
  • Leads firmware engineering team through demonstrated technical excellence and implementation of engineering best practices
  • Works with multi-disciplinary engineering teams to solves difficult technical issues with a methodical, data-driven approach
  • Create novel design solutions that expand the business's intellectual property
  • Leads technical reviews and design reviews or acts as an independent reviewer
  • Develops requirements, development plans, test plans and risk management solutions --- Provide technical solutions for developing BLE, Cybersecurity and low power firmware --- Develops team through mentorship, training, and adoption of development best practices
  • Builds and maintains positive and cooperative relationships internally and externally
  • Maintains expert knowledge in current and novel technologies
  • Engages teams across Abbott to utilize the latest technology and expertise across the business
  • Engages with industry regulators (FDA, BSI, etc.) to explain novel designs or technical analysis in support of device submissions
  • Owns firmware design from requirements through commercial launch
  • Develops/utilizes models, characterization testing, analysis methods, and statistics to optimize designs
  • Position may require up to 15% travel. This is a non-supervisory role

    • Bachelor's degree in electrical, computer engineering or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
    • Minimum 7 years of relevant engineering experience in the design and analysis of real-time embedded firmware designs with low power, mixed signal processors
    • Experience with design and implementation of BLE designs and cybersecurity/data transfer best practices
    • Experience implementing BLE 4.2 attribute protocol and familiar with Apple and Google BLE stacks
    • Experience developing central and peripheral BLE applications
    • Experience developing firmware requirements, development and test plans
    • Experience with software development for medical devices and IEC 62304 compliance
    • Demonstrated expert knowledge of sound design principles and practices
    • Experience leading firmware teams through full development lifecycle
    • Demonstrated knowledge of risk management techniques
    • Demonstrated knowledge of characterization testing, root cause analysis and utilization of benchtop measurement equipment and test setups
    • Strong verbal and written communication skillsPreferred
      • Demonstrated knowledge of medical device design controls (21 CFR Part 820) and project management
      • Master's degree in computer engineering or related field
      • Experience with digital signal processing, data analysis and/or machine learning
      • Experience planning project deliveries, milestones, and schedules and leading sub-teams in the delivery of firmware tasks
      • Experience working in Agile teams

        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.

          Connect with us at , on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

          JOB FAMILY:
          Product Development

          NM Neuromodulation

          United States > Texas > Plano : 6901 Preston Road


          WORK SHIFT:

          Yes, 15 % of the Time

          Not Applicable

          Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

          Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.

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