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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 / Senior Research Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - 25% of time
Date:  Oct 6, 2021
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 111881 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

About Colgate-Palmolive

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day is comprised of connecting with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions, and making impactful contributions.

If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! Our trustworthy 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. As the brand with the highest household presence in the world, we go beyond physical boundaries. We win as a global organization by continually learning and collaborating. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, fosters experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you are passionate about working for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.

The Experience

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 participate in the research and bring new product innovation to market across our product portfolios.


Who are you…

You are an innovator - 

  • Develop new Oral Care technologies to support Colgate global tooth whitening business.
  • Work closely with Marketing, technical partners (Early Research, Implementation & Support, Safety, Regulatory, Legal, and Clinical) and external connections to ensure consumer needs are translated into winning products. 
  • Develop products based on Marketing concepts including prototype development, stability test, scale-up, proof of concept efficacy test, consumer test and clinical test.
  • Drive product development timelines to ensure key deliverables achieved on time, communicate learnings and provide status updates to the management and business partners.
  • Optimize oral care formulations for better efficacy, stability, aesthetics, naturality, and lower cost.
  • Conduct technical analysis on competitive products and explore new technologies and materials through patent and literature search to develop winning strategies.


You are a collaborator -

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams in the development of key projects with the ability to influence outside of your network and leverage diversity of thought.
  • Build and leverage external technology relationships to generate new ideas and identify & develop new products and/or processes.


You are an effective executor-

  • Evaluate the needs of the project and clients to ensure that any consumer testing, regulatory testing, clinical and safety/quality testing requirements are accurately supported and documented.


What you’ll need…(Required)

  • Bachelor, Master or Doctor Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science or Colloid Science. 
  • Bachelor candidate: Minimum 6 years of industrial experience; M.S. candidate: Minimum 3 years of industrial experience; PhD candidate: 0-6 years of industrial experience.
  • Strong communication skills in English (written/verbal).
  • Planning/Priority Setting.


Preferred Experience:

  • Hands on experience in the development of Oral Care formulation.
  • In depth understanding of hard tissue (teeth) related oral technologies.
  • Technical understanding in toothpaste ingredients, their interactions, and functionalities.
  • Strong project management skills to lead multiple projects.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working experience in Consumer Goods Product Development or Product Implementation
  • Hands on experience in the development and analysis of oral care products
  • Technical understanding of emulsion and dispersion system
  • Ability to leverage external connections (suppliers, laboratories, etc.)
  • Cross-functional collaboration skills to achieve project goals
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

We are a results oriented company with a caring culture and work life balance. Do not miss the chance to join our outstanding team!


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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