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Liquid Formulation Scientist



Providence, RI, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Job title: Formulation scientist – laundry liquids

Location: Port Sunlight Research Lab


Would you like to work for one the UK’s biggest companies, to help innovate the next generation of global laundry products that are better for the consumer and better for the planet?

You probably know us best from using our products, Persil, Surf, Dove, Lynx, Magnum, Hellmann’s to name but a few. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day. To do this, Unilever invested €908 million on R&D in 2022 and has over 20,000 patents protecting the ideas, discoveries and breakthroughs that our global team of 5,000 world-leading R&D experts produce.

The global laundry liquids team is looking for new team members to join our laboratory team in Port Sunlight near Liverpool. This team is working to making products that clean better and are a delight to use, the consumer can afford whilst radically reduce its carbon footprint. You will be involved with many aspects of the product development cycle, from fast-paced market-facing innovation projects to longer-term new technology development.


  • The design, formulation and characterisation of the Next generation Laundry liquids
  • Product characterisation studies, including mechanistic and analytical studies of product and perfume performance. You will also work closely with colleagues in processing, consumer understanding and procurement.
  • Planning and executing your own day-to-day experimental work schedule, compliant with COSHH and GLP disciplines.
  • Driving our digital agenda; designing optimal experiments, structured data capture, modelling data, visualisation


  • You will have a science degree, preferably with some practical laboratory experience involving data interpretation & experimental design. You will need to love experiments and be highly motivated with excellent practical creativity. Strong communication & interpersonal skills are essential.

    This roles would suit a graduate with applied experience in a related field. The working language of the laboratory is English.


About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Dove, Tresemme, Lynx, Lifebuoy, Shea Moisture, Persil, Domestos, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum, Marmite, The Vegetarian Butcher, Graze and Pot Noodle.

Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace’

What We Offer

Not only do we offer a competitive salary and pension scheme, we also offer an annual bonus, subsidised gym membership, a discounted staff shop and shares. You’ll have the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and hybrid working environment.

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We are a key advocate of wellbeing and offer a variety of support for our people including hubs, programmes and development opportunities. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities, and growing together for better business performance. We want to push boundaries, and have the flexibility needed to keep adapting in an ever-changing, more dynamic world. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

As part of your hiring journey, we are happy to support requests for reasonable adjustments, to improve your recruitment experience.

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