Associate Scientist – Product Research and Development – Nutrition – Columbus, OH

Abbott Nutrition

Columbus, OH

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 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.



Associate Scientist - Product Research and Development

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.

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.

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:

  • Training and career development, with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs, Medical Benefits start day 1
  • Vacation – 3 weeks accrued vacation (1st yr. is prorated) + vacation buy program + 3 personal days + 10 paid holidays
  • Company Paid Pension Plan
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match of 5%
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU 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 stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Our location in Columbus, OH, currently has an opportunity for an Associate Scientist - Product Research and Development. 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


Primary Function

  • Accountable for timely project task completion for multiple consecutive projects to include projects focused on new ingredients and ingredient sourcing, new/revised product formulations, packaging materials, and/or processes.
  • Under supervision, assists in design / execution of development strategy for projects and experiments and tests application hypotheses. Communicates findings and technical opinions clearly and effectively via reports, conference calls, and emails. Conducts formulation development in compliance with various regulations.
  • Applies knowledge of formulations, ingredients, and manufacturing processes to projects.
  • Conduct ingredient assessments and research application development for multiple projects to make them ready for commercial production.
  • Actively contributes to supply chain operational idea generation (improved process, improved margin). Provides technical input into Design-To-Value process.
  • Works with R&D lead scientists, formulation experts, project management, purchasing, regulatory, supplier quality, design quality, and/or process engineering as part of large cross-functional project teams to assess ingredient and/or formulation changes. Assessments can include scale-up from bench top analysis, analyses in research facilities or pilot plants, and commercial implementation.
  • Tracks hours and monthly activities. Is accountable for timely project task completion as assigned.
  • Under supervision, executes experiments and completes documentation. Summarizes data and analyzes results; formulates conclusions / recommendations and communicates these to management and project teams.

Major Responsibilities

  • Assess ingredient sourcing concepts for feasibility and understand formulation implications of related requests.
  • Execute approved project concepts, to include formulation calculations, research trials, data organization, report writing, and commercialization.
  • Understand nutritional formulations and impacts of individual ingredients on formulations, including physical characteristics, nutritional inputs, and sensory attributes.
  • Evaluate ingredient technical and compliance requirements for Abbott Nutrition manufacturing and use in formulations as applicable. Has familiarity with ingredient standards and evaluations (USP, FCC, EP, GB).
  • Executes testing plans and experiments to assess new ingredient sources. Ensure ingredients and suppliers comply with all regulatory and functional requirements and Abbott standards.
  • Manages own time related to assigned activities.



  • BS in Food Science / Nutrition / Chemistry / Engineering or in related scientific field with 0 – 5 years of practical related experience in CPG development, typically.


  • Prior CPG application development or closely related experience desired; experience with nutraceutical formulations is a plus.
  • Understanding of formulations, ingredients, and processing requirements for commercial manufacture and can communicate this knowledge to management and project teams.
  • Technical writing skills to produce reports and technical documents from multiple sources of information.
  • Attention to detail, strong math skills, logical thinker, independent, self-motivated are important traits for success in this role.

MISC: There is no relocation offered for this role

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  • * Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.
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The salary for this role is between:

Research and Discovery


ANRD Nutrition Research & Development


United States > Columbus : RP04






Yes, 5 % of the Time




Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)


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