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Senior Skin Biologist- San Diego, CA

The successful candidate will have the mission to build and lead a team focusing on the biology of the skin, including skin microbiome and immunity. This position requires a proven understanding and hand-on expertise of the mechanisms underlying skin health, cell-to-cell and cell-to-microbe interactions, as well as strong leadership and clear-thinking patterns.


We provide:

  • A world-class infrastructure in a R&D center characterized by strong collaborative spirit between teams
  • Encouragement to propose and initiate research programs
  • Possibility to influence strategic decision-making

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and lead the skin biology team
  • Discover the benefits of Firmenich ingredients on skin, including via microbiome-altering properties
  • Develop relevant cellular and physiological assays
  • Identify and assess cutting-edge technologies and partnership opportunities, both with private and academic players
  • Contribute to develop and implement the R&D strategy
  • Establish efficient communication with other R&D teams and business functions, both locally and globally


  • PhD degree in cellular biology, with a focus on mechanisms important for skin homeostasis and protection
  • Five to ten years of experience in R&D, preferably in an industrial setting (Fine Chemicals, Cosmetics or Pharmaceutical industries)
  • Excellent communication and networking ability
  • Clear understanding of how to create business value from science (with a proven track-record)
  • Able to operate in a Company with a global geographical footprint
  • Fluent in English

We value:

  • Energetic and results-oriented scientists with track record of success
  • Effective organization and excellent communication skills
  • Passion for learning new things
  • Great attention to safety regulations and guidelines
  • Flexibility, multitasking and team work

We offer:

  • The ability to be a part of a highly creative and imaginative team in an incredibly competitive and inspiring industry
  • A fast-paced environment surrounded by some of the biggest talents and brands in the beauty and fragrance industries
  • The opportunity to learn how to understand consumers and how to meet their needs effectively

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran


At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly.

We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:

* Generous Paid Time Off!
* Quarterly Bonus Potential!
* Retirement Plans!
* 401(k) with Company Match!
* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!
* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!
* Flexible Spending Accounts!
* Tobacco-Free Campus!
* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!

Nearest Major Market: San Diego