Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Ottawa


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 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Abbott Point of Care is a worldwide leader in providing with-patient care solutions that are intuitive, reliable, and cost-effective for our customers. By delivering lab-quality results in minutes, our i-STAT® System family of with-patient products and services fosters a collaborative, patient-centred environment while driving operational performance.  We are headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, with more than 1,500 global employees and a presence in 84 countries. Our 46,500 square metre, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, Abbott Pointe, is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Here we manufacture over 70 million cartridges each year, enabling 24 different with-patient blood tests using 19 different cartridge types.

Our customers fill the sample well of the cartridge with a small volume of blood and insert the cartridge into an analyzer for accurate test results within minutes.  The analyzer is a handheld battery-operated electromechanical/mechanical device.  A plunger in the analyzer pressurizes the cartridge, pushing calibrant fluid (or analysis fluid) from a foil pack and the blood sample over the sensors. 

The plastic component dimensions and the processes used to assemble the parts into cartridges must be well-controlled to ensure consistent fluidic performance. 

The biosensors within our cartridges are patterned or printed on silicon chips.  The chip manufacturing process starts with a 6” silicon wafer upon which, at an external foundry, a SiO2 layer is thermally grown, then a metal layer is sputtered and patterned to form electrodes.  Within our Wafer Fab area at APOC, mechanically- and chemically-selective films are then coated and patterned over the active regions of the sensors.  Processed wafers are mounted on frames and diced into chips.  In the Print/Inspect area, ion-selective membranes are applied to each chip using high-speed micro-dispense platforms, then each chip is inspected using an automated visual inspection system.  Printed, inspected chips are inserted into injection-molded plastic parts, along with other components, and assembled into cartridges using automated assembly equipment. 

Status: Temporary/Full-time (4 month Contract)


• Work with senior engineers to identify and address root cause(s) of process variability and resulting wafer and/or die yield loss.

• Work to identify and address root cause(s) of component print yield variability.

• Qualify and implement material lot changes without impacting supply or yield.

Required Education and Experience:

-  Industry manufacturing and/or lab experience considered an important asset.
- 3rd or 4th year biomedical engineering student
- Ability to design experiments, analyze and interpret data, and document conclusions.
- Analytical skills, creativity and innovative approach to problem solving.
- Ability to determine required analysis to make practical, objective decisions about the best solutions to problems.
- Coordinating and planning skills, leadership and team skills, ability to convert strategy into results.
- Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; able to deal effectively with people on all organizational levels and work in a team environment across departments.
- Propensity to continuous learning and experimentation.

Abbott Canada is committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of individuals without discrimination based on factors such as race, sex, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, age, citizenship, family or marital status, political beliefs, sexual preference or other factors included in human rights legislation.

Our diversity goals for recruitment, hiring, and retention are embedded in our corporate goals, and our diversity initiatives are supported by the highest level of the organization.

We strongly believe that a diverse workforce fosters more creative and innovative thinking throughout the organization. Creating an inclusive environment, where everyone is respected and valued, enables us to leverage our diversity as a business driver and strengthens our position as a global leader.

Abbott strives to promote and maintain an inclusive, high-performing culture that allows all employees to reach their full potential and contribute to Abbott’s success.

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


JOB FAMILY:Product Development     

DIVISION:APOC Point of Care        


About the company

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

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

We invite you to explore opportunities at Abbott, to see if your talents and career aspirations may fit with our openings. An equal opportunity employer, Abbott welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

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