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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:  Research Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Oct 6, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 111981 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States


Colgate-Palmolive invites you to apply for a Research Scientist position for Oral care Early Research division based in our Piscataway, NJ location. 



The identification of novel technologies and approaches to further the basic understanding for the role of the oral microbiome in oral and systemic health. To achieve key program milestones, a cross disciplinary focus in Oral Microbiology, Oral Biology, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Microbiome Genetics, Microbiome Modulation, Microbial Pathogenesis, Biofilm Modeling, 3D Printing and Microfabrication is highly preferred.


Main responsibilities:

  • Develop laboratory-based dynamic models that characterize and clinically relate biofilm health state with oral health status
  • Develop novel bioinformatics-based models to relate oral health with systemic disorders and life stage changes  
  • Carry out specific biological assays in microbiology and  co-culture systems to elucidate the microbial physiology changes and effect on host tissues and oral microbiome
  • Must be able to carry out standard laboratory protocols to identify performance of product formulations on biofilms and host tissues


Required Qualifications:


  • PhD or Masters degree with experience in Microbial physiology, Microbiology, Host-pathogen interaction or Microbiome modulation, or Biomedical Engineering
  • 5 years of industry experience 
  • Candidate must possess working knowledge and understanding in the use of mixed discipline science i.e. microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, systems biology, bioinformatics, “omics” sciences, confocal microscopy, 3D printing, microfabrication, material science, and computational modeling
  • Knowledge in fluid mechanics and structural mechanics is highly desired
  • Candidate must exhibit good project management skills, potentially managing multiple projects with different timelines and program milestones. 
  • The viable candidate must have the ability to identify and apply the appropriate methodologies and data evaluation techniques to drive subsequent research direction.   
  • The person should have the ability to develop a focused research effort and possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • Should have the ability to interact with multi-functional technical/non-technical personnel and be an effective participant in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications: 


  • The ideal candidate will possess a PhD plus 0-5 years industry experience with knowledge in one or more of the following areas oral biofilms, microbial physiology, cell culture, biofilm model development, clinical research design, bioinformatics, in silico-based modeling, and biomedical engineering


Does this opportunity sound exciting for you? Do not miss the chance to join our amazing team! We're waiting for you!



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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