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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:  Principal Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 31, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152351 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Colgate-Palmolive is seeking a highly motivated scientist with a track record of excellence for a Principal Scientist in Global R&D, Personal Care Research & Innovation group, based in Piscataway, NJ location.


  • Identify and develop new skin care opportunities using strong research fundamentals
  • Evaluate biofunctional actives for skin care and cleansing products
  • Develop and implement predictive non-invasive skin methods to assess and document performance of benefits, specifically with experience related to skin lipids and signaling lipids on skin health
  • Develop methods to screen and validate technologies, incorporating the latest understanding of physical/mechanical aspects of aging within the broader context of relevant biological function
  • Work closely with external partners in academia/start-ups/industry to rapidly develop new innovation


Main responsibilities:


  • Management and execution of cellular and molecular laboratory assessment of biofunctional active ingredients and final products including competitive benchmarking
  • Development and Implementation of pre-clinical dermatological methods (for example: ex-vivo) for proof of concept testing of laboratory leads
  • Develop research plans and independently execute project.
  • Identify new technology opportunities for Colgate-Palmolive within area of expertise.
  • Communicate results of research, both internally as well as via external publications and patent
  • Develop research plans and independently execute projects
  • Identify and lead collaboration effort with external partners/suppliers
  • Collaborate and communicate with cross-functional teams to achieve project goals
  • Manage requirements involving legal agreements, IP, regulatory, safety and quality


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Biochemistry or related field
  • Experience with primary skin cell culture, skin equivalents and skin explants
  • Minimum 5 years of industry experience (personal care)
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Strong project management and execution skills
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills


Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with skin lipids
  • Bioinformatics, lipidomics or data analytics experience 

Salary Range $112,000 - $164,850 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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