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Associate Principal Scientist, Hair Color Applied Research, L'Oreal Research & Innovation

Titolo della posizione: Research & Innovation

Tipologia di contratto: Tempo Indeterminato

Orario di lavoro: Full - Time

Sede: Clark, NJ

Paese: USA


Position Title: Associate Principal Scientist, Hair Color Applied Research, L'Oreal Research & Innovation

Location: Clark, New Jersey

Department: Hair Color Application Domain


For more than one hundred years, L’Oréal believes that beauty needs Science. In a world now transformed by digital technology and the emergence of new scientific domains, we are confident in our ability to turn these opportunities into major innovations, closely linked to the new consumer expectations all over the world. Science & Technology are allowing us to invent safe, trustable, sustainable & responsible beauty products and experiences that will change people’s lives. 


L’Oréal Research & Innovation (R&I) has continuously invested upstream in its research with a high level of ambition. Our 4,100 L'Oréal R&I people are talented and highly skilled, located in major markets, working in a cooperative way, open to the world. L’Oréal, Research & Innovation is a vast, multidisciplinary, scientific community working in more than 30 specialized fields, spread out across the world in 21 research centers across 6 regional hubs, 14 evaluation centers, and 49 scientific and regulatory departments. Our employees represent over 60 nationalities and are united for one passion: to invent and perfect innovative, high-performance products for the well-being of all across the world.


To discover more on our scientific and technical functions at L'Oréal Research & Innovation, please check out our website


As a Global organization, the Hair Color Application Domain is responsible for developing formulations, novel formats and product design prototypes that deliver superior hair color experience for consumers as well as professionals. In partnership with other domains such as Invention & Discovery Domains, and Product Development Domains, test concepts and prototypes. As a global, multi-polar organization, the Hair Color Application Domain operates from several hubs (i.e., France, Brazil) and L’Oréal USA is embedded in various strategic program stakes & projects, as relevant for the US market. A key measure of success for the Domain is to create high performing formulations & prototypes that are protected by strong, strategic and holistic intellectual property & meets the group vision for a sustainable future. Working closely with cross functional teams, this position requires high technical skills as well as a strong attitude for working in multi-expertise, multi-cultural teams with agility.


We are looking for a talented and highly motivated Associate Principal Scientist to join our Hair Color Application Domain in our Clark, New Jersey research facility. This is a highly technical position will require continuous learning & in-depth working knowledge in Surfactants, Hair Structure & Chemistry, Material Sciences & experience with problem definition & experimental design/execution. This key technical position will allow one to express oneself with in the entrepreneurial culture of the L’Oréal group and be part of the creation of beauty of the future.


As an Associate Principal Scientist for our Hair Color Application Domain research team, your main responsibilities are:

  • Translate consumer needs into technical problem statements, identify knowledge driven technologies to address the beauty aspirations/needs to deliver various consumer perceivable benefits for hair care.
  • Design and conduct experiments individually as well as with team, to validate hypothesis and performance targets. Communicate results with clarity & recommendations in oral & as written formats to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Interact with various groups such as Domains of Invention, Discovery Domain, Product Evaluation Intelligence and Development Domain, Safety, Regulatory and Claims (SRC), to ensure new materials and composite are meeting the needs of the broader priorities.
  • Maintain a healthy external focus on new technology developments and Conduct literature searches, IP landscaping as needed by oneself and through partnership with the IP and legal departments to ensure that the latest technologies are explored for relevant applications in creative ways and we create competitive advantage
  • Participate, lead and or generate new knowledge through discussions on hair science knowledge, new technologies and formulations and contribute to strengthening the overall knowledge of the field.


To Succeed in this Position, You Have:

  • A completed advanced degree (Master's or PhD) in a scientific (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science etc.) or engineering (Chemical, Materials, Biomedical) (required)
  • 7-10 years of relevant industry experience in color product formulations (required). Experience in personal care industries is preferred
  • Experience with color science & color theory (preferred)
  • Experience with Hair Structure, Formulations, Hair Reactive Chemistry, Material Sciences & problem solving & experimental design/execution (preferred)
  • The ability to lift 25 lbs (11.3 kg) (required)
  • The ability to be onsite, in the office as this is an essential function of the position (required)
  • Authorization to work in the United States on a full-time, permanent, ongoing basis without the need for legal sponsorship now or in the future (required)


What's In It For You: 

  • Corporate Short-Term Incentives (Corporate Profit-Sharing Bonus, Individual Performance Bonuses based on level)
  • Competitive Benefit Package (Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Pension Plan)
  • Flexible Time Off (Paid Company Holidays, Paid Vacation, Vacation Buy Program, Volunteer Time, Summer Fridays & More!)
  • Access to Company Perks (VIP Access to L’Oréal’s Internal Shop for Discounted Products)
  • Learning & Development Opportunities (Unlimited Access to E-learnings, Lunch & Learn Sessions, Mentorship Programs, & More!)
  • Employee Resource Groups (Think Tanks and Innovation Squads)
  • Access to Mental Health & Wellness Programs


Don’t meet every single requirement? At L'Oréal, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and innovative workplace. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the qualifications listed in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways! You may just be the right candidate for this or other roles!


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and take pride in a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected status.


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