Scientist - Product Development Innovation - Nutrition- Columbus, OH



Columbus, OH, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Scientist - Product Development Innovation

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®, and Glucerna® – 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 will 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, large free employee onsite gym with trainer led courses available Mon-Fri. Medical, Dental, & Vision Benefits start day 1.
  • Vacation – 3 weeks accrued vacation (1st yr. is prorated) + vacation buy program + 3 personal days + 10 paid holidays.
  • 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 or paying off 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.

The Opportunity

Our location in Columbus, OH currently has an opportunity for a Scientist - Product Development Innovation. In Research & Development, 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

  • Conceives, plans, designs, and conducts independent research on ingredients, formulations and processes related to the development of nutritional products.
  • Follows direction provided by project goals and experimental design.
  • Weighs ingredients and prepares research batches in the pilot plant or lab.
  • Performs batch calculations, prepares weigh sheets and manufacturing instructions. Coordinates testing. Monitors, organizes, and interprets results.
  • Draws conclusions, makes adjustments, suggests direction for, and implements improvements to formulations.
  • Recognizes problems, troubleshoots, and initiates corrective actions.
  • Communicates technical results to project teams.
  • Authors summary reports on technical findings, when applicable.



  • Ph.D. in Food Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Math, Food Engineering or related scientific field. or
  • M.S. / B.S. with 3 - 7 years relevant industry experience also considered.


  • Outstanding background in Science and Math. Emphasis in food and protein chemistry, emulsion stability, ingredients interactions, lipid oxidation and antioxidants, or creating similarly complex nutritional systems is desired.
  • Strong scientific curiosity and enjoys experimentation. Ability to do literature searches to inform approach to problem statements.
  • Ability to generate and translate innovative concepts into technically feasible and consumer-relevant products.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate full relevance of scientific observations and to produce documents and reports. Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience with data analysis software. Ability to communicate technical results to technical and non-technical audience.
  • Team oriented, with high energy and desire to achieve results. Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and meet business goals.


  • Travel 5%
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs
  • Prolonged standing 20% of time
  • This is an onsite role.
  • There is no relocation offered for this role.

Apply Now

* 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.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:

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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The base pay for this position is $64,000.00 – $128,000.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.