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Scientist, Sensory and Consumer Research - Nutrition - Columbus, OH

Company: Abbott Laboratories
Location: Irving
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Scientist, Sensory and Consumer Research

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 Scientist, Sensory and Consumer Research. 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

Abbott Nutrition is currently seeking a Sensory Scientist to join our team in Columbus, OH. This is a newly added position that requires a strong knowledge of the LATAM market and culture. The desired candidate will be well versed in sensory operations including descriptive analysis and consumer research techniques.


  • Support cross functional project teams by recommending testing strategies and study designs while keeping business objectives and consumer needs in mind. There will be a strong focus on projects related to the LATAM markets.
  • Coordinate consumer studies through partnerships with consumer testing agencies.
  • Interpret and report descriptive and consumer test results in a manner that provides actionable insights to project teams.
  • Collaborate with the global sensory team members on global platforms.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of sensory training programs at domestic plants.
  • Contribute to the ongoing training of descriptive panelists.
  • Partner with sensory staff to ensure smooth operation of routine lab functions (descriptive and consumer testing).
  • Assist with general upkeep of the sensory lab.
  • Assist with standardized practices and protocols within the sensory organization and remain abreast of industry best practices.



  • B.S. degree in Food Science, Sensory Science, Data Analytics, or closely related field, plus 4 years of professional experience.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish


  • MS or higher degree preferred.
  • Strong background conducting qualitative and quantitative consumer research in Latin America
  • Knowledge of descriptive analysis, experience with panel leadership preferred
  • Compusense and XLSTAT knowledge is a plus
  • Effective communication skills, strong analytical skills and attention to detail are needed
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities and projects in a speed oriented, rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to travel up to 20% (domestic and international)
  • No food allergies or dietary restrictions
  • Bilingual Portuguese is a plus.


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:

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.

Connect with us at, on Facebook at and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

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