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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?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Aug 1, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 140821 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day consists of working in a global organization, continually learning and collaborating, having stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions?

If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be!

Our dependable household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.

In today's dynamic environment, it is an exciting time to be a part of the research and technology team at Colgate. Our highly technical and innovative team is dedicated to driving growth for Colgate Palmolive in this ever-changing landscape. What role will you play as a member of the Colgate's Research & Development team? As a Postdoctoral Research Scientist, you apply your existing skills in the areas of microbial ecology, oral microbiology, biostatistics and/or related fields to develop a program relating measurements of metabolites in the oral cavity to oral and systemic health. You will interact with internal and external collaborators to develop work plans and meet agreed upon deliverables and timelines. You will be expected to apply your knowledge across diverse projects entailing metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, traditional cell biology and microbiology, SIFTMS and analysis of large data sets.

What you will do

• Analysis of large data sets with particular attention to identifying correlations and interrelationships among markers in
those data sets.
• Develop methods and tools for analysis of large datasets specifically around the oral microbiome.
• Develop/optimize in vitro methods for the analysis of treatment effects on oral biofilms and how changes in the composition/metabolism of oral biofilms influence oral soft tissues, in particular with regards to inflammatory damage and repair markers.
• Design clinical studies to characterize oral health and the volatile metabolome. Identify signatures of demographic and health conditions related to these findings
• Work directly with partners in Product Development, Knowledge Management, Clinical Sciences, Regulatory Affairs, Product Safety and other departments to support needs related to specific products.
• Identify new research areas within areas of expertise.
          o Identify and lead collaboration with relevant external partners.
          o Communicate results of research both internally and externally.
• Performs other duties as assigned
• Complies with all policies and standards

Required Qualifications

• Doctorate Microbiology, biostatistics, biology, biochemistry, or cell biology required.
• Experience in biostatistics or analysis of large datasets and associated analysis tools.
• Experience with 16s rRNA sequencing and other microbiome analysis techniques.
• Strong problem solving skills.
• Strong communication and collaboration skills.
• Strong project management and independent execution.
• Results-oriented and able to effectively generate, analyze, document and interpret data to drive research direction and
meet project goals.
• Good project management skills, including the ability to simultaneously manage multiple project activities, milestones
and timelines.
• Strong communication skills in English (written/verbal)
• Planning/Priority Setting

Preferred Qualifications

• At least 1 year of relevant work experience
• Experience with oral health or biofilm-related health conditions. 
• Familiarity with coding in Python and/or R.
• Familiarity with mass spectrometry, experience with SIFT-MS beneficial.

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 recognised 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 programme, 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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