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Laboratory Automation Software Engineer

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Feb 12, 2024

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We are a team of mavericks that transcends traditional engineering boundaries to accelerate the discovery of novel therapeutic drugs. We are seeking a talented and curious engineer to work with scientists and engineers across R&D to create custom software to control research instruments that deliver significant capability improvements to AbbVie laboratories. The successful candidate will utilize their thirst for knowledge and their experience to write easy-to-use, graphical software for a wide variety of life science laboratories. The role is heavily skewed towards software development within a laboratory setting, requiring a hands-on approach and on-site collaboration.

Job Responsibilities

·       A relentless drive to learn and adapt is your most valued asset.

·       Design, develop, and maintain graphical software for controlling complex, custom, robotic and/or electromechanical automated instruments and systems.

·       Contribute to general instrument electrical, software, and mechanical engineering design decisions and problem solving.

·       Blend information from client scientific laboratories with engineering team needs to find innovative solutions.

·       Understand and interpret source code written in multiple computer languages and search documentation necessary to support, maintain, and enhance existing systems.

·       Negotiate and collaborate with instrument vendors to secure access to programming interfaces that enable integration of commercial instruments with customized components. 

·       BS or MS in computer, electrical, or other engineering degree 5+(BS) or 3+(MS) years of experience.

·       Hands-on research experience in developing software for control of complex electromechanical and/or robotic systems.

·       Multidisciplinary understanding of how to solve engineering problems.


·       Experience in multiple computer programming languages (e.g., C#, Python, MATLAB, C++, etc.) and with graphical user interfaces (GUI)

·       Demonstrated ability to rapidly debug software written by others.

·       Ability to design and assemble electronic circuits and control wiring.

·       Experience in network architecture design, data science, database design, image processing, and machine learning a plus.

·       Experience working in diverse fields of science including biology, chemistry, and physics.

Key Leadership Competencies:

·       Builds strong relationships with peers and, cross functionally, with partners outside of team to enable higher performance.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago

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