Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Lausanne


R&D Specialist in Cognition & Behaviour(Job Number: 170005DW)
R&D Specialist in Cognition & Behaviour
“I want to make the most of my potential and get more out of my career”
Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland   Undefined period of time contract, act rate 100%
Over the last 5 years, the 600-staff NRC has published around 1000 scientific publications in peer review journals and files about 80 patents every year. The NRC also has around 100 research collaborations with universities or research institutes around the world. The NRC is organized with three large research institutes for Nutritional Science, Materials Science and Food Safety & Analytical Science. Research Units focusing on Clinical Development, and PetCare, complement these major Institutes. The NRC plays an important role in providing the science behind healthier products (learn more about the NRC at
Lausanne is home to the two strongholds of Nestlé’s fundamental research: the Nestlé Research Center (NRC) and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) that investigate the complex interactions between nutrition, health and wellness.
Demonstrating scientific creativity and strong result focus, you will be developing and leading scientific projects including clinical trials and behavioural studies in the area of nutrition and cognitive development & performance in children. You will be managing the projects in conjunction with external and internal stakeholders, while ensuring business alignment and transfer of projects.
Key responsibilities
Propose, develop and implement new ideas/activities/projects to strengthen the scientific knowledge in the area of nutrition and cognition in children.
Integrate scientific knowledge with an understanding of the business reality and needs that consequently will impact the business Innovation & Renovation pipelines in this field, by successfully transferring projects and product launches to next level
Propose, plan and deliver projects and explore patenting opportunities in the area of neurocognition
Provide support in Clinical Trial development plans with a strong understanding and experience of different cognitive methodologies (neuropsychological, imaging, behavioural) to be applied as required.
Provide expertise in nutritional knowledge & expertise of impact on cognition, including physiological understanding of nutrition and potential mechanisms of action that support cognitive performance
Provide Nutritional knowledge and expertise of impact on cognition.
Drive and support scientific publications
Maintain a strong external expert and scientific network representing Nestlé Research as a strong and credible scientific partner.
Education and experience
PhD in Experimental psychology, Cognitive development psychology, Biological psychology or Cognitive neuroscience
Min 3-5 years’ experience post PhD in an international setting and driving complex projects
Up to date scientific knowledge on nutritional influencers of cognition in children
Knowledge in designing and managing clinical trials
Track record of scientific publications
Previous experience in nutritional research or pharma will be considered a strong advantage
Fluency in English.
Show us that you have a strong proactive cooperation and the ability to take initiative and propose new and innovative solutions. Your collaboration mindset, excellent communication skills and capacity to create relationships and networks is what will set you apart among the other candidates. If you are a good team player and you want to make a difference to our truly international and fast pace environment, please apply in English at:
The Nestlé Group is the world’s largest food and beverage company with 89,5 billion Swiss Francs in sales in 2016. It is present in 191 countries around the world, has 418 factories and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us on

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