Our R&D engineers and scientists develop breakthrough technologies that change the way the world works and industries do business. By inventing the DC Breaker fo instance, we have paved the way for an efficient transmission network and solved a 100-year-old puzzle of electrical engineering.
At ABB, R&D basically happens at two stages, respecitvely in two different places within the company: at first industrial basic research in carried out in our research center; it is then followed by product development in the develomentt departments of our business units.
The working environment in our Corporate Research Center in Ladenburg near Heidelberg is shaped by internationality and teamwork. About 110 employees from all over the world work on delivering results to our internal and external costumers in a quick, reliable and cost-effective way. "Leadership through innovation" is the vision behind the mission, and that makes for over 100 publications and 50 patents a year. Strategic focus areas are plant automation, building automation, power mechatronics and services.
Our research center is not the only place that drives innovation though. At many locations throughout Germany, R&D experts in the development departments of our business units work on transforming our research center's results into concrete advantages for the users. This is where the acutal product development happens and the manufacturing process is coordinated between R&D and the other involved departments like supply chain management, production and quality management.
Our scientists and engineers work in a network that brings together ABB business units, customers, research partners, universities and research institutes; thus, the various tasks in the innovation process are carried out by the member who has the most expertise in this particular step. Typical project results, which are incorporated in the ABB products and processes by the local development departments, include prototypes, reports on new technologies and feasibility studies.
Whether you specialize in Research, Product Development, Project Management or other disciplines, you will find practically unlimited opportunities to contribute your ideas and broaden your experience. Many of our employees in R&D also pursue academic careers, lecturing or working as professors at universities, publishing research and attending conferences, while actively contributing their theoretical expertise to our projects.
Would you like to join us in shaping tomorrow's technologies? We offer you the working environment you need to take your career to the next level.