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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:  Mar 9, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 142240 - Topeka, Kansas, United States


Hill’s Pet Nutrition Center, Topeka, KS is seeking a highly creative and motivated research scientist with a strong background in molecular or cell biology to join our high-impact research program interested in supporting interdisciplinary projects in biological sciences, nutrition, and genomics within the Life Science Laboratory. The position will focus on establishing newer in vitro model systems and molecular biology laboratory techniques to advance understanding of cell signaling pathways, immunology,  and disease biology leading to solving problems in pet health and wellness. In addition, knowledge or experience in assessing cognitive function in canines will be a plus. This is a full time position.



Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Establish, optimize, and validate new and innovative biological assays as required by the Research Plan by performing molecular biology experiments on the bench.
  • Establish cognitive assessment tests in dogs in-house or supervise and lead studies of cognitive testing conducted externally.
  • Data analysis including interpreting, summarizing, and reporting data in the form of final reports, technical summaries, and external scientific publications and presentations
  • Simultaneously manage multiple projects, research and assess novel biological techniques and provide leadership and guidance to scientists to establish such techniques in the laboratory.
  • Collaborate with nutritionists, bioinformaticians, veterinarians, and internal subject matter experts to establish novel biological assays to facilitate delivery of new technology
  • Cultivate relationships with researchers and clinicians outside of Hill’s to elevate Hills’ science by identifying opportunities for innovation.


Education/ Experience Requirements: 

Basic qualifications include: 

  • A completed Masters degree in molecular biology, physiology, biomedical sciences, or a related scientific field and 7+ years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to plan and work independently, detail-oriented, and with problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Ability to work in the US without sponsorship

Preferred qualifications include:

  • A completed PhD in molecular biology, physiology, biomedical sciences, or a related scientific field       
  • Experience with interdisciplinary skills in cell biology and transcriptomics
  • Experience in analytical, oral and communication skills
  • Knowledge of current advances in RNA and DNA sequencing
  • Knowledge of cognitive testing in canines

Expected Areas of Skills

  • Knowledge of PCR, cell culture, confocal microscopy, sequencing, and microfluidics is desired


Salary Range $86,400 - $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 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. #LI-Hyrbid

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