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(Senior) Principal Toxicologist Product Safety


Together, WE enable individuals to look, feel, and be their true selves.

Wella Company is one of the world’s leading beauty companies, comprised of a family of iconic brands such as Wella Professionals, Clairol, OPI, Nioxin and ghd. With 6,000 employees globally, presence in over 100 countries, Wella Company and its brands enable consumers to look, feel, and be their true selves. As innovators in the hair and nail industry, Wella Company empowers its people to delight consumers, inspire beauty professionals, engage communities, and deliver sustainable growth to its stakeholders.

For additional information about the Wella Company please visit www.wellacompany.com.



Research & Development in Wella is a highly collaborative, competent, and innovative group. You join diverse teams of highly passionate Scientists, Engineers and Hair & Nail Artists who innovate at the forefront of technology and beauty trends. We:

  • Deliver end-to-end innovation​ through an empowered learning culture, exploring, developing, and qualifying innovations that delight consumers​.
  • Innovate and bring to life the future of the Company, guided by focused consumer research and the trends that will grow our industry long term​.
  • Drive safety, sustainability, quality, and regulatory always front and center to our work​.


We want you to join the Wella R&D family on an exciting journey as we become an independent, winning Wella!



As a member of the Wella R&D organization, the (Senior) Principal Toxicologist provides expert support during all stages of a product’s life cycle, with a focus on new product development. This role reports to the Director of Product Safety and will be based in Darmstadt, Germany or Morris Plains, NJ, USA.



  • Represent the Product Safety department in business initiatives and technical projects as an integral member of multifunctional teams.
  • Prepare safety assessments for cosmetic ingredients and finished (hair) products for pre-market and market release.
  • Generate and evaluate toxicity data with emphasis on (Q)SAR analyses, read-across approaches, and in vitro assays, including study monitoring.
  • Identify potential safety concerns with chemical substances, analyze relevant habits and practices data, create market safety profiles, and manage safety-related external relation issues.
  • Handle in-market safety questions and issues in collaboration with colleagues in Product Safety, Regulatory Affairs, R&D, QA, Legal, and Commercial departments.



  • Ph.D. or M.S. in biochemistry, chemistry, toxicology, or related disciplines.
  • Work experience with safety assessments in chemicals, cosmetics, and/or healthcare sectors.
  • Experience with in silico methods and non-animal safety approaches.
  • Structured, self-responsible and solution-oriented way of working.
  • High customer and service orientation.
  • Distinctive "Business Sense", agility and healthy pragmatism ("hands-on mentality").
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written.



We offer equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Wella Company with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact us at: https://www.wellacompany.com/consumer-affairs


We strongly believe that cultivating a diverse workplace gives a company strength. The combination of unique skills, abilities, experiences and backgrounds creates an environment that produces extraordinary results. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.