Principal Research Engineer I/II, Human Factors

Lake County, Illinois
Jun 21, 2021
Required Education
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Full time
About AbbVie
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The AbbVie Combination Product Development (CPD) function designs and develps best-in-class drug delivery systems for AbbVie pharmaceuticals. The Human Factors (HF) group within CPD manages the drug delivery device user interface design process and executes usability assessments required to support the successful submission of AbbVie Combination Products.  The combination of an increase in the number of drugs that require a delivery device, and increasing engagement of Human-Centered Design and HF skills in early stage clinical development drive the need for additional Human Factors expertise.

We are looking for an individual with academic training and professional experience in human factors/usability engineering for a Human Factors role to support our Combination Product development efforts.

Overview of Position:

This role is intended to support the CPD HF group’s need to manage projects to design, test and validate drug delivery devices. This individual will work alongside existing AbbVie HF, Engineering, Medical, Compliance and Regulatory staff to design device user interfaces and HF studies required to ensure ease-of-use, safety, customer acceptance, and regulatory approval.

The individual will perform the following functions in partnership with third-party HF firms:

  • Design and conduct contextual inquiry research

  • Perform task and workflow analyses

  • Work with System Engineers to develop user requirements and user interface specifications

  • Conduct and evaluate Use Related Risk Assessments, recommend and evaluate design mitigations   

  • Design device and system user interfaces and associated instructional materials

  • Design and conduct usability tests and other usability assessments

  • Design, conduct and analyze interviews and surveys

  • Prepare and compile thorough documentation for inclusion in regulatory submissions

Other Functions:

  • Assist in training internal staff to perform some HF functions under supervision

  • Assist in maintaining corporate policy, procedures and tools on best practices for HF

  • Facilitate the selection and proper use of outside HF consultants

  • BS, MS, or PHD in a scientific field with typically 14-16 (BS), 12-14 (MS) or 6-8 (PhD) years related experience
  • MS or PhD in Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Psychology or related discipline preferred

  • Strong working knowledge of Human Factors methods and principles.

  • 5-10 years’ experience in user interface design and usability testing preferred

  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills

  • Ability to work with a variety of disciplines and teams in fast-paced environments

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills

  • Experience in pharmaceutical or medical device product development is preferred

  • Working knowledge with medical devices and medical device regulations and standards is preferred

Job level will be commensurate with experience

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