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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 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, Hill's Prescription Diet and Hill's Ideal Balance.

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:  Post-Doctoral Research Scientist - Personal Care, Product Development

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Oct 30, 2020
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 92068 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


Come join our team!


Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for a Post Doctoral Research Scientist (PDRS) position based at our Piscataway, NJ location. Two year fixed term of at-will employment. Stipend is offered to candidates with a home residence that is outside of a 50-mile radius from the Piscataway, NJ location.


The (PDRS) will support the development of new Personal Care product innovations and technologies. Specifically, the PDRS will be helping to identify new and innovative technologies for underarm products, as well as developing formulations and evaluating performance.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical background in polymer chemistry, colloid chemistry and /or active delivery.

Experience with microscopy or other imaging techniques is a plus. The PDRS candidate should also exhibit strong oral and written communication skills, and work effectively in a collaborative research environment.


We believe real innovation comes from teamwork!

Key Responsibilities for the Position:

  • Design and conduct research experiments to advance project objectives

              ○ Conduct detailed search for potential technologies to be explored

              ○ Conduct fundamental studies, leveraging microscopy and imaging techniques to study the performance of novel agents in-vitro/ex-vivo

              ○ Develop prototype formulas based on leads, aligned with brand stewardship

  • Interpret and communicate experimental results to technical and non-technical business partners
  • Partner with technical, clinical, technology insights, regulatory, quality, safety, legal, and business partners to drive implementation of identified technologies

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, Polymer, Colloid), or related field
  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas:

              ○ Emulsions, surfactants, and polymer chemistry

              ○ Topical active delivery

              ○ Microscopy or other imaging techniques

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven understanding of ingredient chemistry to be able to interpret structure property/structure activity relationships
  • Capable of carrying out independent research programs with minimal supervision

Expected areas of skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to interact with multifunctional technical/non-technical personnel and be an effective participant in a team environment


We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance.



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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