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Scientist (R&D) - Nutrition - Columbus, OH (31028836)




Full Time


Columbus, Ohio, United States

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO.
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution.
  • Tuition reimbursement, the [Register to View] student debt program and [Register to View] education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position works out of our Columbus, OH location in the Nutrition Division.

Our nutrition business develops science-based nutrition products for people of all ages, from helping babies and children grow, to keeping adult bodies strong and active. Millions of people around the world count on our leading brands – including Similac®, PediaSure®, Pedialyte®, Ensure®, Glucerna® and ZonePerfect® – to help get the nutrients they need to live their healthiest life.

In Research & Development (R&D) our ambition is providing innovative high-quality products, creating sustainable value, delivering superior user experience and enhancing health outcomes at all stages of life

What You’ll Work On

Primary Function:

  • Develop nutritional products for commercial launch in global markets by creating new formulations which will deliver improvements to product claims, comply with regulatory requirements and/or reduce product cost.
  • Independently lead the technical development of products of low to medium complexity and/or support the technical development of products of high complexity. Products will include liquid nutritional formulas.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conceive, design, conduct and lead formulation development efforts for challenging global projects to make them feasible and ready for commercial production.

    Plan and execute experimental designs of low to medium complexity to optimize the nutrient, microbiological, organoleptic and physical quality of new and/or improved products while adhering to relevant internal and external constraints. Share and consider follow up to observations.

    Interpret test results and develop conclusions and action plans. Communicate through verbal updates and written reports.

  • Act as lead product developer on cross-functional business teams including Marketing, Operations, Quality, Purchasing, Regulatory and Legal.
  • Lead project Technical Team meetings. Present to Leadership, as called upon.
  • Proactively identify and communicate project issues, evaluate alternative approaches and recognize contingency plans.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Food Science or related scientific field with 0-3 years relevant experience, typically.
  • MS in Food Science or related scientific field with 3-6 years relevant experience, typically.
  • BS in Food Science or related scientific field with 7-15 years relevant experience, typically
  • Experience with product development for liquid nutritional products are an advantage.

Additional Skills/Expertise Requirements:

  • Outstanding background in science and/or engineering. Emphasis in food science, dairy chemistry / dairy microbiology, emulsion stability, ingredient interactions, delivery systems for novel ingredients, or creating stable complex nutritional systems.

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Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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