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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 / Sr Research Scientist Skin Health Product Development

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 8, 2023
Temporarily Remote

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151804 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Research Scientist/ Senior Research Scientist Skin Health

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/ Sr. Research Scientist, you will work on exciting face care innovation and new product formulation. We are a team of innovators looking for scientists who are passionate about skincare technologies and groundbreaking solutions for our consumers! You will be responsible for participating in this research and bringing new product innovation to market across our product portfolios.

What you will do

  • Identify new opportunity areas in premium skin health for cleansing, sun protection, and anti-aging and develop the fundamentals for technologies applicable to these areas
  • Investigate novel areas for product formulation from idea to scale-up including prototype development, stability, proof of concept testing, and consumer & clinical testing
  • Support pre and post-launch activities for the premium skin care products including claims substantiation and formula/ processing optimization
  • Complete testing such as cleansing efficacy and in-vitro SPF testing
  • Conduct competitive landscape and patent reviews to help build innovation roadmaps and CP patent/ product development strategies
  • Build and leverage external technology relationships to generate new ideas and identify & develop new products and/or processes
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams in the development of key projects with the ability to influence outside of your network and use diversity of thought.
  • Interpret and communicate experimental results to technical and non-technical business partners
  • Lead key partnerships and communication through data sharing and project updates
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Complies with all policies and standards

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Physical Sciences or related science
  • At least 5 years of laboratory formulation experience in Skin Care/ Facial Care product development
  • Experience in formulating cleansers, sunscreens, emulsions, serums
  • Product formulation, evaluation and testing experience and passion about lab experimentation
  • Strong communication skills
  • Leadership skills in working with teams and project partners

Salary Range $77,120 - $126,840 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.


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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