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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:  Mar 10, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151459 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Position Summary:

Colgate-Palmolive invites applications to the position of a postdoctoral Research Scientist based at our Piscataway, NJ location. 


This is a two-year postdoctoral position. As part of the host modulation group the applicant will lead efforts in understanding how host tissues differentiate, heal and protect against physical and chemical challenges. The individual will evaluate biofunctional actives and formulations in inflammation pathways and wound healing in vitro models, as well as the development and implementation of formulations to assess performance of benefits in oral health. The position will include development and implementation of in vitro models and interactions of host and bacteria.



  • Optimize novel in vitro models, assays, and discovery work using ex vivo human cells, 3D cell model, primary cells, and extraction of human tissue cells

  • Develop and implement novel visualization techniques to demonstrate efficacy of actives and formulations

  • Collect, analyze, and report high quality data in a timely manner

  • Design and deliver in vitro and ex vivo scientific discovery programs related to oral care and potential therapeutic interventions

  • Drive the discovery and characterization of new bioactive ingredients or formulated products, and identify new biological targets/mechanisms of action for oral care benefits

  • Manage daily laboratory operations support relevant research projects

  • Manage internal and external collaborations


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in  the field of  Cell biology, Molecular biology, Immunology or related field 

  • Hands on experience with sterile cell culture and primary cells, as well as human/animal tissues

  • Hands on experience with different histological methodologies, such as immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence

  • Strong problem solving skills, project management and execution skills

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong cell biology experience in tissue culture techniques isolation and culture of primary cells and the  use of co-culture systems. Experience in stem cell culture and differentiation

  • Excellent skills in cellular and molecular biology techniques (quantitative PCR, ELISA, flow cytometry, immunostaining, fluorescent imaging and confocal microscope)

  • Hands on experience in the development of in vitro disease model and pre-clinical evaluation of bioactives using human cells/tissues 

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.



Salary Range $77,120 - $88,000 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.

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