Sr. Field Clinical Scientist

Abbott Laboratories
June 10, 2021
Indianapolis, IN
Job Type


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.

The Sr. Field Clinical Scientist is responsible for consistent success in clinical study execution and outstanding performance in: investigator support and engagement including site identification, clinical trial execution in accordance with all local and federal regulatory requirements, product and procedural expertise, technical support/troubleshooting, and providing site and therapy level input to study design.  Applies advanced field clinical research and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems. This is a remote, field position covering the Mid-West region.


Study Site Management

  • Perform discovery visits to access sites for research partnerships
  • Complete nomination, qualification, and site activation submissions, visits, and reports
  • Ensures site compliance with protocol
  • Ensure high quality data collection by attending patient enrollments, key time point follow-up visits, and monitoring visits as appropriate
  • Provide protocol and product/procedural training to clinical sites
  • Initiate and manage documentable compliance actions
  • Conduct regular data quality reviews with principal investigators and research staff, to include appropriate and timely enrollment, withdrawals, adverse events, follow-up compliance, and deviation management strategies

Clinical/Scientific Expert

  • Assist sites with pre-screening patients to ensure appropriateness for clinical study, as applicable
  • Provide procedural support to ensure safety of subjects in clinical studies
  • Assist with registries, new technology assessments, and other special projects as needed
  • Knowledge beyond features and benefits, to include design, development, clinical application, health economics, and competitive position of Abbott Neuromodulation devices
  • Deep understanding of neurological disorders and chronic pain therapies disease etiologies, treatment algorithms, and clinician referral networks
  • Participate in development of best practices to continuously ensure excellent study outcomes
  • Partner with in house clinical science team on protocol and case report form development
  • Facilitate communication between science group (in house and field) and physician partners

Cross-Functional Liaison

  • Train and educate other cross-functional groups on study protocols, therapy areas, and/or clinical research operations
  • Provide field perspective to clinical study teams throughout study protocol development and execution
  • Appropriately engages Applied Research, Medical Affairs, and Investigator Initiated Study team to support clinical strategy
  • Partner with regional Sales team by conducting study education and regular site activities updates
  • Complies with all applicable local, national, and international regulatory requirements
  • Adheres to all company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments
  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned


Minimum Education Required

  • Four-year degree in Engineering, Biological Sciences, Nursing, or a related field
  • Five years in a clinical research environment or other equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of regulations and standards (Good Clinical Practices) for conducting clinical research

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 90% and to travel with minimal notice, with the potential for extended periods (up to a week)
  • Polished communicator: written documentation and oral presentations/discussions/meetings
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Experience and training on GCP


  • Minimum 2 years experience as a field clinical specialist or engineer/scientist
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant clinical experience in Neuromodulation, Neurological Disorders, Chronic Pain, or Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline/concentration
  • Working knowledge of imaging modalities, including x-ray, fluoroscopy and MRI
  • Experience with GCP, ISO standards, and clinical trial guidelines


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer: 

  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority (Include for Manufacturing roles only) 
  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled (Include for Manufacturing roles only) 
  • 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. 

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