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R&D Associate Surface Chemistry - Mira (VE)

City:  Venezia

We are Reckitt

Home to the world's best loved and trusted hygiene, health, and nutrition brands. Our purpose defines why we exist: to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We are a global team united by this purpose.

Join us in our fight to make access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness, and nourishment a right and not a privilege.

​Research & Development​

In R&D, we're full of highly skilled talents that include Scientists, Engineers, Medical, Clinical and Regulatory professionals - all working to create a cleaner, healthier world. With nine Centres of Excellence, we continually seek out new opportunities by using science, our entrepreneurial flare and our fearless innovation to develop and enhance our existing portfolio, never compromising on quality or performance. 

We do the right thing, always, by ensuring we act with responsibility and integrity, by complying with regulatory legislation across the globe, whilst ensuring our products are safe for our consumers and are to the highest quality.

The size of our organisation means you'll have the opportunity to learn and work in different functions within R&D, giving you exposure to different disciplines, teams and environments. You will also have access to our R&D Academy, designed to develop our team and allow you to grow in our great organisation.

About the role

You will be at the forefront of delivering superior solutions for our brands, leveraging your expertise in surface chemistry science, including surface interactions, surfactants, and polymers. It’s important to develop a profound understanding of product development processes and cultivate a robust scientific network among premier academic institutions and technological collaborators. Your adeptness in people management will further enhance our team’s capabilities. Additionally, you will play a pivotal role in supporting patent applications and overseeing the intellectual property landscape in surface chemistry, thereby safeguarding Reckitt’s innovative and proprietary technologies for the future.

Your responsibilities

Your primary duties will encompass overseeing a research and development project within the domain of surface science. This will include:

  • Conceptualizing and conducting experiments to produce vital data that will drive the project forward
  • Establishing a cutting-edge surface chemistry science capability and advancing a consumer-centric technology pipeline utilizing high performance chemistry (e.g., surfactants, and performance polymers) for applications on textiles, dishware, and hard surfaces
  • Engaging with the surface science community, forging connections with top-tier scientists, external partners, startups, and academic and scientific institutions
  • Cultivating strategic relationships within Reckitt, including R&D, Supply, Procurement, Quality, Marketing, and more, to drive innovation and collaboration
  • Fostering a culture of intense curiosity and a drive to explore new frontiers in surface science
  • Contributing to patent analysis and technology assessments within Surface Science to protect and advance innovations.

The experience we're looking for

  • PhD in Surface Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or related area
  • Preferably 1-2 years’ experience as Post doctoral researcher in the area
  • Some experience with computational chemistry (e.g.: modelling and simulation, Design of Experiments) or related area
  • Experience in a company (especially R&D) is advantageous
  • Ability for problem solving and to link science and technology to consumer/business needs
  • Good ability in networking internally and externally
  • Experience handling deadlines and efficiency of resources
  • Ability to identify and communicate risks

The skills for success

Task Execution Under Pressure, Business Acumen, Commercial Awareness, Objective Setting, Accountability, Consumer Insight, R&D, Product Lifecycle Management, Business Partnership, Collaboration and partnership building, Adapt to changes in technological development plans, Ability to challenge the status quo and propose improvement, Innovation Processes.

What we offer

With inclusion at the heart of everything we do, working alongside our four global Employee Resource Groups, we support our people at every step of their career journey, helping them to succeed in their own individual way.

We invest in the wellbeing of our people through parental benefits, an Employee Assistance Program to promote mental health, and life insurance for all employees globally. We have a range of other benefits in line with the local market. Through our global share plans we offer the opportunity to save and share in Reckitt's potential future successes. For eligible roles, we also offer short-term incentives to recognise, appreciate and reward your work for delivering outstanding results. You will be rewarded in line with Reckitt's pay for performance philosophy.


We recognise that in real life, great people don't always 'tick all the boxes'. That's why we hire for potential as well as experience. Even if you don't meet every point on the job description, if this role and our company feels like a good fit for you, we still want to hear from you.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion, faith; pregnancy, family status and caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity; protected veteran status; size or any other basis protected by appropriate law.

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