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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:  Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Jun 2, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152423 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

 Colgate-Palmolive invites applications to a postdoctoral research Scientist (PDRS) position located in Piscataway, NJ. This is a two (2) year fixed term of at-will employment.


The key responsibilities of this position are as follows:

  • Apply holistic design of the delivery systems to increase efficacy and effectiveness of actives via synergistic ingredient interactions
  • Identify the impacts of the delivery systems on key consumer touch-points such as at point of purchase, in-use experience, after-use experience, and long lasting benefits. Recommend options with holistic formulation design & understanding to stabilize and enhance the efficacy of actives
  • Execute experiments to build fundamental understanding on how ingredient interactions (such as surfactants, structants/polymers, particulates, polyphosphate salts, & others) impact on the delivery and product stability. Provide guidance on product development and advance project objectives
  • The initial targeted system of interest is to focus on investigating the controlled bioglass (polyphosphate) crystallization & growth behavior in a designed complex matrix. Conduct experiments to build fundamental understandings on how bioglass crystallizes with controlled speed and sizes and how bioglass crystals will interact with enamels.
  • Working closely with other research & innovation as well as product development teams, the PDRS will identify and utilize a wide range of techniques to evaluate the efficacy and stability of formulated products and to investigate the underline delivery mechanisms
  • Interpret and communicate complex experimental & theoretical results to both technical and non-technical business partners effectively
  • The PDRS will also have the opportunity to present technical findings to internal R&D community & management teams, to present in external conferences, and to document findings in internal technical reports and/or external publications.


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in colloid, bio-inorganics, biophysical chemistry and other related interdisciplinary fields.
  • Highly knowledgeable and experienced with biomaterial behaviors and active delivery systems in complex matrices on organic substrates such as skin & dentin surface
  • Have deep fundamental understanding and extensive hands-on experience on characterization techniques such as x-ray crystallography, surface characterization, microscopy techniques, UV-vis & IR spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, light scattering and others
  • Be able to initiate, think independently, and work effectively in a dynamic & cross functional working environment. Lead and coordinate joint projects with industry and academic partners
  • Be a self-motivated & passionate scientist who works well in a team environment with other scientists and engineers holding a variety of different backgrounds, skills, and experiences.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills. Be able to communicate complex technical results effectively to technical and non-technical personnel in oral presentations and writing documentations.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preferably have experience and knowledge on skin/oral tissue absorption & penetration research and related fields.

Knowledge on surfactants, biomaterials, and crystallization a plus 

Salary Range $88,000 USD


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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