Senior Scientist, Skin Biology

San Diego, CA
Oct 27, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Firmenich is a leading international Company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Our reputation for excellence as a creator and manufacturer of specialty chemicals, flavors and perfumery products is recognized worldwide.

Our Corporate R&D Centre in S. Diego (USA) is currently looking for a:

Senior Scientist, Skin Biology – R&D


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 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

Job Responsibility

  • Build and lead the skin biology team
  • Discover the benefits of Firmenich ingredients on skin, including via microbiome-altering properties
  • 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