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Senior Research Scientist - Technology Development

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Date: May 11, 2019

Location: Libertyville, IL, US

Company: Hollister Incorporated

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Location: Libertyville 
Department: Research & Development 



Hollister Inc. is recruiting for a position on its Technology Development team. Technology Development, which is part of the Ostomy R&D organization, specializes in material science and polymer chemistry as they apply to formulations (hydrocolloids, adhesives, films, etc). This team is responsible for optimizing product performance through material selection and is currently focusing on developing new products to protect, maintain and restore healthy peristomal skin.


This role will have strategic responsibility for both novel formulation and re-formulation efforts. This role will also have responsibilities that contribute to routine testing needs, novel test method and test fixture development, and process improvements that support our quality program. The diversity of work associated with this role will require an individual with strong, collaborative skills that can effectively communicate strategy and science to a broad audience including front-end innovation teams, engineering, operations, project management, quality and R&D management. This is a cross-functional role requiring strong, collaborative skills and an effective communication style.


The ideal candidate would have Doctoral Degree and 5 years of experience / Master’s Degree and 8 years of experience in materials / polymer science, chemical engineering or related field. The ability to formulate and assess the feasibility of new technologies as they apply to new product development and change control are central to this role; therefore, experience in these areas is highly valued. The candidate should have a record of accomplishment of effective collaboration with strong written and oral communication skills. An understanding of adhesive formulations as they relate to skin physiology is a major plus.




  • Develop scientific strategies and experimental approaches for programs as they apply to new formulation and technology development, as well as change control management of the existing ostomy portfolio.

  • Provide hands-on support for formulation activities, standard testing needs, novel test method and test fixture development, and process improvements that support our quality program.

  • Author technical documents required to summarize findings and interpret their relevance.

  • Communicate findings from research endeavors to key stakeholders throughout the organization (R&D, Marketing, Regulatory, Quality, etc.).

  • Other duties as needed or required.




  • Doctoral Degree and 5 years of experience or a Master’s Degree and 8 years of experience.

  • Number of Overall Years Necessary: 5-8

  • Material / polymer science, chemical engineering or related field.

  • The ability to devise a research strategy, plan, execute and report findings from laboratory-based experiments.

  • Demonstrable formulation experience.

  • Effectively summarize and communicate research findings in both written and verbal forms to stakeholders.

  • The ability to problem-solve.

  • The ability to lift 25 lbs.

  • The ability to travel, as needed, to other research and / or manufacturing facilities within Hollister as well as vendor locations.

  • Use of common Microsoft-based applications (MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint).


Hollister Incorporated is an independent, employee-owned company that develops, manufactures, and markets products for ostomy care, and continence care, and develops educational support for patients and healthcare professionals. We have been in business for more than 95 years. Our products are sold in more than 90 countries and we have manufacturing and distribution centers on three continents. At Hollister Incorporated, we are passionate about the work we do, and we are committed to making life more rewarding and dignified for our Associates and for the people who use our products and services. A career at Hollister Incorporated can take many paths, all of them leading to rewarding opportunities.


Hollister is an EO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability

Job Req ID: 27341

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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