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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or 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:  Senior Scientist

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 31, 2021
Remote working option during the current situation

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 95486 - Topeka, Kansas, United States



The Senior Scientist in Research as part of the Nutrition Innovation team will be responsible for the development of short and long-term strategies to deliver new technologies, new products, and product improvements, or product claims that provide a competitive advantage to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Identify, evaluate and champion new, patentable and innovative technologies that can be used in development of new and improved products for pets.
  • Partner with manager/director to develop and refine research strategy to establish clear deliverables for identification and evaluation of new technologies. Ensure strategy delivers a pipeline of technology options for short term and long term commercialization.
  • Provide expertise integrating basic scientific data (e.g. biochemical, genomic, metabolomics data) with clinical outcomes. Integrate consumer and veterinary insights into the research program strategy.
  • Maintain familiarity with the latest developments in appropriate areas of genomics and genetics so that new products and product improvements reflect the true “state of the art.”
  • Design, analyze summarize and write final reports of data from internal and outside research studies and make presentations to management and cross-functional Hill’s groups especially Product Development, Clinical Studies, and Marketing.
  • Simultaneously manage multiple projects, project budgets, time-lines and be accountable for deliverables.
  • Cultivate relationships with researchers and clinicians outside of Hill’s to provide expertise, ideas and technologies that fill gaps.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements:


Basic qualifications:

  • PhD in nutrition (human or animal), physiology, biochemistry, or related field.
  • 8 + years of post-graduate experience in basic or applied science.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in canine/feline or human nutrition or pharmaceutical industry.


Expected Areas of Skills:

  • Proven experience in biochemical, genomic, and metabolic research.
  • Strong technical skills in scientific method utilization, data analysis, and problem-solving.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Basic knowledge of nutritional biochemistry.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills to foster cross-functional working relationships throughout Hill’s and external organizations.



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 Hill's Pet Nutrition? 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.

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. 

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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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