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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Microbiology Scientist / Research Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 16, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 146763 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

The GTeD Research and Innovation Center Microbiology Lab Scientist/Research Scientist is responsible for performing critical microbiological testing and results analysis supporting the product development process, in accordance with internal requirements.  The Scientist/Research Scientist is also responsible for developing and maintaining strong interdepartmental partnerships with Research and Development teams in order to provide microbiological feedback on the development of new formulations following internal guidelines.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Perform microbiological testing and assessment of results in accordance with standard procedures including antimicrobial preservative efficacy testing, microbial limits testing, microbial challenge testing

  • Perform microbiological method suitability on new finished product formulas using traditional and rapid detection methodologies

  • Lead and support Global Category partnerships with the product development team in the area of personal care/oral care to ensure the Microbiological Approval Process is maintained for new and modified formulas, providing microbiological based recommendations on formulation challenges, analysis of results, ensuring proper technology transfer of microbiological methods from research and development to manufacturing, and interacting with regional microbiology leaders.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment by ensuring proper calibration, preventative maintenance, IQOQPQ, and cleaning activities are completed

  • Support the implementation and experimental analysis of new and rapid laboratory technology in a GMP environment

  • Participates in the microbiology laboratory standardization program including QA and QC, SOP revision program, overseeing media preparation, ordering supplies, supporting general laboratory compliance, etc.

  • Contributes to the continuous improvement of the Global Microbiology and Global Quality programs

  • Support environmental monitoring program, including sampling/testing of water, air and surfaces.  Reporting, interpreting and trending data.

  • Complete failure investigations and properly document out of specification results

  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date and concise laboratory records following the principles of ALCOA

  • Support Global Microbiology databases and LIMS systems

  • Trains and verifies microbiology procedures for temporary and co-op employees

  • Assist temporary employees with daily tasks when needed

  • Supports and conducts laboratory training for microbiologists globally

  • Support GMP activities/validations on pilot plant scale up, as needed

  • Additional tasks, as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, or related field required

  • Master’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, or related field required

  • Minimum 2-3 years functional experience in a microbiology laboratory required; manufacturing/industry/research & development experience preferred

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of microbiological testing procedures and laboratory processes 

  • Working knowledge and practical experience with good manufacturing practices and ALCOA in a microbiology lab environment.

  • Ability to analyze data

  • Initiates and maintains effective and mutually supportive relationships with internal and external colleagues 

  • Practices continuous improvement in all aspects of their job 

  • Communicates clearly, concisely & effectively through written and oral means 

  • Demonstrates the ability to apply continuous improvement tools to affect positive change (MSI, CPM, KPI etc.)

  • Experience with common microbiology lab instrumentation/equipment is a requirement, especially with autoclaves, incubators, air samplers, light microscope, micropipettes, biosafety cabinets and water purification system.

  • PhD in Biology, Microbiology, or related field preferred

  • Computer skills including Google Suite or MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint proficiency.

Salary Range $68,880 - $101,220 USD


Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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