Clinical Dental Researcher in Piscataway, New Jersey | DiversityInc Careers

Clinical Dental Researcher

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, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance.

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Location: Piscataway, New Jersey, United States
Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
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Colgate-Palmolive is seeking a Dental Postdoctoral Research Associate responsible for leading and coordinating efforts directed towards early stage evaluation of developing technologies for human oral care application, specifically to conduct proof-of-concept clinical studies and in situ assessment of prototype formulae/actives and devices in collaboration with technical and non-technical business partners.  The emphasis for this position will be on transfer from the lab to a clinical setting and from proof of concept to claim support-ready. The position is based at our Global Technology Campus in Piscataway, NJ. 


The candidate will also be required to maintain collaborative efforts with internal and external research partners on the identification and development of new models, as well as in the implementation of established methodologies for testing of technologies and assessment of the potential of early indicators of product efficacy or the progress/onset of oral disease, particular focus on the area of expertise, periodontics.



  • Lead early stage clinical programs related to the assessment/screening of new technologies/devices and active ingredients as well as new methodologies
  • Develop clinical trial protocols, prepare study reports and draft manuscripts for publication.
  • Identify and lead collaborative efforts in oral care research opportunities with internal and external research partners, serving as a source of expertise in periodontal field.
  • Actively engage with Colgate technology and business partners to define study requirements.
  • Stay abreast of the literature, survey and analyze competitors’ activity as evidenced in the public domain and make corresponding recommendations to the oral care clinical team with particular focus on the area of expertise, Periodontics.
  • Communicate project needs/recommendations and study results with technical and non-technical business partners.  
  • Maintain Good Clinical Practice Documentation and overall strict adherence to Colgate Quality Standards of safety, regulatory, legal, confidentiality and ethics in the conduct of all activities.



  • DDS/PhD or PhD in Oral Biology
  • Experience in planning and running human clinical trials
  • Experience in conducting research associated with oral inflammatory conditions
  • Experience practicing GCP behaviors
  • Ability to develop a focused research plan
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with multi-functional technical and non-technical personnel and be an effective participant in a team environment
  • Exhibit good project management skills, ability to multi-task and coordinate projects independently.
  • Exhibit competencies in analytical/decision making, planning/priority setting, effective communication and driving innovation.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time



  • Certified Periodontist
  • Experience in periodontal research
  • Experience in biomarker research associated with inflammatory pathways
  • Experience in oral care research with a basic understanding of clinical measurement methods applied to the following indications: caries detection, plaque, gingivitis, tooth whitening, dentin hypersensitivity, caries, erosion, supragingival calculus, etc.
  • Experience publishing peer reviewed manuscripts in high quality oral care journals preferred.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply to work with us using this online application.  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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.