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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:  Apr 3, 2024
On-site

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159286 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!

 

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:

  • Design and execute experiments to investigate time & temperature dependent rheological behaviors of complex surfactant systems impacted by factors such as various types of actives and rheology modifiers, build fundamental understanding, guide product development and advance project objectives

  • Enable Company’s digitization strategies through rapid and predictive methodologies, especially on the stability & performance in consumer products utilizing modern surfactant & colloid fundamentals 

  • The systems of interests are the interactions of active ingredients (both hydrophilic and hydrophobic) with other key formula ingredients such as surfactants, polymers, amino acids, & particulates in Personal Care, Home Care, & Oral Care products  

  • Interpret and communicate complex experimental & theoretical results to both technical and non-technical business partners effectively

  • The PDRS will use a variety of tools & characterization techniques to study & predict ingredient interactions in Colgate’s next generation products, and work closely with other research and product development teams to gain insights on predicting product stability and performance. 

  • The PDRS will also have the opportunity to present technical findings to internal R&D community & management teams, to external conferences, and to document findings in internal technical reports and/or external publications.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in surfactants, colloid, or related interdisciplinary STEM fields.

  • Highly knowledgeable and having extensive experience on surfactants, colloids, micro-emulsion, coacervation, and dispersion systems as well as ingredient interactions in such complex systems

  • Have deep fundamental understanding and extensive hands-on experience on rheology, tensiometry, dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, and separation techniques such as GC/HPLC 

  • Have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferably has hands-on experience applying Hydrophilic-Lipophilic Deviation (HLD) methods in industry challenges as well as experience & knowledge on molecular modeling of complex surfactant systems


Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $88,000 USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)


Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

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.

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

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