Kawasaki (Kanagawa), Kanagawa
Research & Innovation
Full - Time


For more than hundred years, L’Oréal believes that beauty needs Science. In a world now transformed by digital technology and the emergence of new scientific domains, we are confident in our ability to turn these opportunities into major innovations, closely linked to the new consumer expectations all over the world. Science & Technology are allowing us to invent safe, trustable, sustainable & responsible beauty products and experiences that will change people’s lives.  


L’Oréal Research & Innovation (R&I) has continuously invested upstream in its research with a high level of ambition. Our 4 100 L'Oréal R&I people are talented and highly skilled, located in major markets, working in a cooperative way, open to the world. 


In the department of Application Domain Hair, we are looking for a Senior Scientist. 

Type of contract : Permanent  

Location :  Kanagawa, Japan

As a Senior Scientist, your main responsibilities are : 

  • Propose and develop innovative technologies that are technically and economically robust & sustainable for hair texture & styling products, based on your understanding of market and consumers, and levering expertise in organic chemistry, cosmetic formulation & processes, and hair fiber sciences. 
  • Select and enhance innovation concepts, scouted and produced together with an internal and external international network of fundamental research, raw material suppliers, and open innovations
  • Oversee and coordinate the management of cross-disciplinary projects, acting with an entrepreneurial mindset to drive the transformation into robust exclusive technologies with consumer perceivable benefits
  • Help develop the lab strategy and innovation roadmap by decoding the consumers and the market with focus on North Asia, and how technical breakthrough can disrupt the cosmetic industry. 
  • Promote awareness and appreciation of your field of research and cascade knowledge sharing by acting as a facilitator and sounding board in your field of expertise.

To succeed in this position, you have :

  • Master in Science or PhD in chemical, physical or biological sciences.
  • Minimum 7 years relevant working experience in the cosmetic industry in product development, prototyping and formulation skills or equivalent. Experience in innovation projects for hair care sciences, with a successful track of transferring technologies, and conception to products delivered to the market. Strong skills in developing technical hypotheses and scientifically proving it.
  • Expertise in organic & physical chemistry, material sciences and characterization of hair fibers with solid understanding of chemical treatments, reactions, and analyses methods,        their impact on hair integrity, and cosmetic solutions for restoring of its properties. 
  • Experience in patent application and survey, specifically for right to market search, patent filing and proposing patent strategy. 
  • Prior experience in leading people or project teams is a plus
  • Experience in working in an international environment is a plus
  • Fluency in Japanese. Fluency in English is a plus, else willingness to develop fluency over 2-3 years course.  

You are :

  • An independent and skilled researcher -  engaged to transform scientific and technical knowledge into innovation
  • A calculated entrepreneur – eager to take & manage risks by generating big concepts and innovations, while delivering in an effective way
  • A collaborative team player - with good sensitivity & flexibility in working in a diverse global culture 
  • A curious and organized creator – developing and sharing knowledge about consumers, markets, technologies, and proposing new ideas within a network of peers

If you identify yourself in this position, please apply by uploading your resume in PDF. 


The L'Oréal Group is convinced that difference is a deep source of wealth, that allows everyone to grow, to challenge themselves and to go further. We strongly encourage everyone to always dare and never censor themselves. Skills can always be learnt. We will be delighted to exchange with you!  



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