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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:  Scientist / Research Scientist Microbiology

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Jun 14, 2022
No remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 135926 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

The GTeD center Micro Lab Research Scientist is responsible for performing microbiological testing in support of the site Microbiological Control programs that ensure all product development meets internal requirements, as well as generating partnership with R&D.


Responsibilities Include:

  • Performs microbiological testing in accordance with standard procedures
  • Perform microbiological method validations
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date and concise laboratory records
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment, calibrations, and IQOQPQ
  • Participates in the microbiology laboratory standardization program including QA and QC, SOP revision program, media preparation, ordering supplies, supporting general laboratory compliance
  • Support environmental monitoring program, including samples/testing of water, air and surfaces
  • Complete failure investigations and properly document out of specification results
  • Support for Global Category partnerships to ensure the Microbiological Approval Process is maintained
  • Contributes to the continuous improvement of the Global Microbiology and Global Quality programs
  • Support Global Microbiology database management and upgrades
  • Trains and verifies microbiology procedures for temporary and co-op employees
  • Assist temporary employees with daily tasks when needed
  • Supports and conducts laboratory training for microbiologists globally
  • Support GMP activities/validations on pilot plant scale up, as needed
  • Support the implementation of rapid technology in a GMP environment
  • Additional tasks, as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Microbiology, or related field required

  • Minimum 2-3 years functional experience in laboratory required

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of microbiological testing procedures and laboratory processes 

  • Ability to analyze data

  • Initiates and maintains effective and mutually supportive relationships with internal and external colleagues 

  • Practices continuous improvement in all aspects of his/her job 

  • Communicates clearly, concisely & effectively through written and oral means 

  • Demonstrates the ability to apply continuous improvement tools to affect positive change (MSI, CPM, etc.)

  • Experience with common microbiology lab instrumentation is a requirement, especially with autoclaves, air samplers, light microscope, biohazard cabinets and water purification system.

  • Computer skills including Google Suite or MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint proficiency.

  • Working knowledge and practical experience with good manufacturing practices in a microbiology lab environment.

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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