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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:  Dec 25, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 118521 - 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 Research Scientist, you will be responsible for identifying, evaluating, and developing solutions to alter the composition of oral biofilms and tie those changes to measurable health benefits both in the mouth and beyond.


What you will do 

  • Develop novel molecular biologic and bioinformatic methods and models to study oral biofilm development.
  • Execute standard laboratory protocols to identify performance of product formulations on biofilms and host tissues.
  • Modify and perform laboratory investigations to understand the effect of compounds on the quality and composition of oral biofilms and understand the impact of changes on oral and systemic health.
  • Develop and conduct laboratory, in situ and in vivo experiments to understand changes and development of gene expression and metabolism in oral biofilms.
  • Document experiments for communication and claims support as needed by the business.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Complies with all policies and standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Molecular Biology, Biology.
  • At least 6 years of relevant work experience.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of laboratory microbiology, mixed community biofilms, molecular biology, cell biology and “omics” technologies.
  • 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

  • Doctorate in Microbiology, Microbial Physiology, Molecular Biology, Biology.
  • Experience with bioinformatics and data analytics.
  • Experience working with genomic and transcriptomic sequencing data.


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.

Nearest Major Market: New Jersey

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