Principal Research Assistant

Melaleuca, Inc.

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Idaho Falls, ID

Job Description

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Job Overview:

Company Profile

"Enhancing the Lives of Those We Touch by Helping People Reach Their Goals"


For over 35 years, Melaleuca has taken this mission statement to heart. It is our guiding principle. Everything we accomplish is done with an eye toward promoting the physical, environmental, financial, and personal wellness of those around us.


We carefully craft products you use every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind. We are always on the lookout for exceptional talent that wants to be a part of something more than just a company but someone who shares in our mission of “Enhancing Lives”. If this is you, Melaleuca's got a place for you, right on the front lines of a world-class company where your training, your talents, your experience and your enthusiasm can make an impact—right from day one.


The R&D Principal Research Assistant performs a wide variety of technical tasks in support of specific Melaleuca new or existing products.  The Principal Research Assistant is expected to use his/her mastery of Science and training to consistently deliver contributions that result in new and/or improved products, packages, processes or methodologies.  Employees at this level usually own and lead the technical progression of a key element of a project (e.g., demonstrate and implement new technology, modeling, anticipation of potential technical issues and resolution, new test method design, etc..).    The Principal Researcher is usually very independent and self-motivated.     

Reasonable Accommodation

Essential duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to him/herself or others.



  • Identify product improvement opportunities or new product opportunities. Develop new insights.
  • Identify technologies and technical approaches which deliver against project objectives.
  • Lead technical development, test methods and implementation.
  • Use mastery and data to identify non-obvious project and technology connections.
  • Anticipate technical issues and develop testing plans.
  • Convert their ideas to practice based on experience and technical mastery.
  • Serve as technical resource to others and technical mentors / coach for Researchers and Senior Researchers.
  • Lead or identify new areas of improvement based on data.
  • Be able to independently set up and analyze Design of Experiments (DOE).
  • Review artwork and formulation instructions to identify any potential issues.
  • Help teach less experienced Researchers and Senior Researchers.
  • Maintain accurate records of trial compositions and observations.
  • Create and apply appropriate statistical analyses.
  • Actively participate in supplier meetings and independently manage relevant projects/ interface as requested by department director.
  • Radiate a positive and “can-do” attitude. Can be counted on as a coach and role model for Researchers.


  • Prepare questionnaires and prototypes for sensory and in home use tests of Melaleuca products and competitive products.
  • Use internal computer systems to record and analyze data, prepare graphs, reports and memos and communicate with coworkers in R&D and in other Melaleuca Departments.
  • Prepare and present data summaries using appropriate mathematical and statistical tools available in Microsoft Excel, Mini-Tab and other computer applications.
  • Evaluate and recommend finishing and rework procedures for non-standard lots of Melaleuca products.
  • Create Bill of Materials (BOM), specification sheets, and other electronic forms to support Purchasing, QA and Operations.
  • Represent R&D function in support of QA, Operations, Purchasing and Marketing activities.
  • Work directly with Melaleuca suppliers to develop new technologies for Melaleuca products.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline.
  • Chemist or Chemical Engineer
  • Ideally with 2-5 years of formulation experience/developing new products
  • Proficiency using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in basic statistical analyses.
  • Proficiency in Experimental Design


  • Chemistry, biology or biochemistry degree preferred.
  • Experience using common lab instruments (e.g. pH meter, viscometer).


Why Melaleuca

Melaleuca is one of the leading Health and Wellness companies in the world. We manufacture and distribute nutritional, pharmaceutical, personal care, facial care, home hygiene, and other wellness products and distribute them directly to the consumer through a full-service catalog and Internet shopping system. We carefully craft products used every day with the highest standards of safety, health, and wellness in mind.


This revolutionary system is changing the way hundreds of thousands of people shop by eliminating middlemen and reducing marketing and distribution costs. This enables the company to spend more on research and high-quality, ecologically-sensible ingredients, while maintaining reasonable prices.


Great culture—Flexibility is a must in this position; you'll become a part of a fast-paced team dedicated to a feel-good lifestyle brand dedicated to changing lives. Like the rest of Melaleuca, we are proud to be part of a values-driven organization that treats employees with respect. Our employees and their families enjoy company parties and countless discounts around the community. We implement a very real open-door policy, and all employees are on a first name basis—it feels more like a family than a multi-national corporation.


Excellent compensation—in addition to a competitive wage and bonus incentive program, we offer comprehensive benefits for our full-time employees that include all you would expect plus some remarkable surprises, such as a longevity bonus. Right here on-site, we provide childcare, a fitness center, free concierge service, and an employee restaurant!