Principal User Experience (UX) Designer Job at Abbott Laboratories, San Diego, CA

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • San Diego, CA

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health.

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and your family, be your true self, and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program, and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as the best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

Our Diagnostics business currently has an opportunity for a Principal User Experience (UX) Designer . This position can be based in our San Diego, CA office. The primary function of this position is to apply technical expertise in user-experience design and user interface design to develop point-of-care, rapid in vitro diagnostics (IVDs) for Infectious Diseases. The position will focus on the user-facing design of product interfaces through the design, prototyping, and testing process. The Principal UX Designer will closely collaborate with key partner teams, such as human factors, instrument software and industrial design to create easy-to-use and technically feasible diagnostic product systems that deliver a well-considered overall user experience.

What You’ll Work On

  • Work with R&D teams and the strategic marketing to design and develop user experience (UX) design and user interface (UI) design concepts and prototypes for diagnostic product systems based on user-research and product strategy.
  • Apply your user experience (UX) design and user interface (UI) design skillset to create task-flow diagrams, UX/UI wireframes & prototypes across phases of the new product development process.
  • Work with the human factors team and lead UX design & UX prototyping for usability studies to uncover user pain points & opportunities for design improvement.
  • Work with the software instrument team to implement UX/UI design concepts balancing interaction design, visual design, and technical feasibility.
  • Work with Industrial design to design product concepts and prototypes that demonstrate overall user experience for different end-users, use-scenarios, and environments.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional project teams to identify key requirements that have an impact to UX/UI Design. Provide strategic guidance related to UX/UI Design; explain design approach, key considerations, and trade-offs in design concepts.
  • Promote the goals of UX/UI design across the division through effective communication with leadership and collaborators.
  • Coordinate design activities with vendors and consultants to ensure prototypes or design services meet project requirements and milestones.
  • Identify and communicate with key contacts outside own area of expertise.
  • Perform other duties & projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors in User Experience Design, Product Design or similar field.
  • 8 years of experience in User Experience Design.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Independent, organized, and meticulous.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with industry-standard design and prototyping tools including Figma and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Demonstrable experience in designing, prototyping and launching exceptional end-to-end user experiences.
  • Ability to distill requirements and stakeholder input into simple, intuitive UX/UI design concepts.
  • Knowledge of web & mobile UI technologies, usability and accessibility standards.
  • An online portfolio showcasing your design approach and impact, through work samples and case studies.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying and evangelizing the human-centered design process.
  • Experience in medical device development and design controls process.
  • Experience working with human factors, software & industrial design.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

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 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 Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

The base pay for this position is $109,300.00 – $218,500.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.


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