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Senior Research Scientist Pediatrics Nutrition Science R&D, Scientific and Medical Affairs - Columbus, OH at Abbott Laboratories

Senior Research Scientist Pediatrics Nutrition Science R&D, Scientific and Medical Affairs - Columbus, OH

Abbott Laboratories Columbus, OH Full-Time
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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 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries

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.  

Our location in Columbus, OH, currently has an opportunity for a Senior Research Scientist Pediatrics Nutrition .  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


Day to day activities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Function as a Subject Matter Expert (SME): Nutrition and clinical science expertise to translate complex science and research into compelling product claims and scientific messaging; communicate the science and product benefits to both internal and external audiences of varying knowledge levels; remain current in standards of nutrition care and scientific literature; represent Nutrition Science in cross-functional initiatives and programs
  • Design and Serve as Scientific Leader: Conduct clinical research according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP), International Conference of Harmonization (ICH), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.  Provide supervision and guidance for clinical research activities (e.g., protocol development, study implementation, outcomes evaluation, research publications and presentation development) by collaborating with various internal and external groups (Regulatory, Statistics and Principal Investigators).
  • Innovation: Actively engage in product ideation and innovation to build product pipeline; assess new ingredients and technologies; develop clinical research strategy that generates new evidence for new claims, messaging, and publications; engage in clinical research and secondary data analytics.
  • Establish and Maintain Relationships: With internal stakeholders (e.g., discovery scientists, product development, commercial (marketing and sales, sales training), public affairs, regulatory) and external stakeholders (e.g., key opinion leaders, customers and consumers).
  • Talent Management: May be required to manage a small team of SMEs, contribute to team performance and growth and development of Nutrition Science team members. Will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive collaborative culture.
  • Administration:  Work with senior management to deliver on organization goals, establish organizational business strategy.  Maintain strong alignment of science, innovation, and education activities across Pediatrics Business. 
  • Skills/Experience:
  • Management and Leadership Experience: Some leadership experience is desirable, at project management level, experience with strategic initiatives, leadership skills in cross-functional teams desirable.  Ability to lead and contribute to global business innovation strategy. 
  • Communication skills (oral and written): Prepare and deliver nutrition science-based content and presentations to internal and external audiences. Develop and review AN product and science educational materials (e.g., product monographs, training materials, medical justifications, FAQ documents, white papers, scientific backgrounders, as well as manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Cross-functional Partnership: Serve as SME and nutrition science lead on cross-functional teams, including new product development teams, process improvement, external programs and collaborations. Work with senior leaders to provide technical input and establish priorities to drive the business strategy.
  • Competitive Surveillance: Maintain up-to-date knowledge of competitors’ products, ingredients, features, and benefits; claims; educational events.
  • Represent Abbott Nutrition: At key conferences or meetings giving scientific presentations, engaging KOLs and actively participating in company-sponsored events and activities.  



  • PHD, RDN required with minimum 5-10 years of relevant experience; experience working in a clinical setting highly desired. Experience in infant nutrition, pediatric allergy and gastrointestinal disorders desired.
  • Training in Human Nutrition, Biological Science, Life Sciences or Physiology preferred


  • Strong leadership, collaborative, research, publication/scientific writing skills, excellent oral and written skills required
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with business partners, self-starter, collaborator with global teams and colleagues
  • Ability to work constructively, decisively and collegially with external and internal stakeholders, customers, consumers and key opinion leaders
  • Minimum of 5-10 years clinical, industry, and/or academic experience that blends science and business preferred


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer: 

  • 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 
  • Paid time off  
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match 
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities 

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:  [ Link removed ] - Click here to apply to Senior Research Scientist Pediatrics Nutrition Science R&D, Scientific and Medical Affairs - Columbus, OH  

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity. 

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