Mars UK • United Kingdom

Senior Research Scientist

Employment type:  Full time

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Job Description:

Senior Research Scientist

Based: Waltham, Leicestershire

The WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute is Mars Petcare's pet research centre. Our work focuses on the healthcare, nutritional and behavioural needs of pets. The science we deliver supports development of innovative products and services to enable the business to deliver against our Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™.

This role is responsible for designing and delivering projects in key strategic research areas for the Biomarkers of Disease Team. Projects may be conducted in house, or in collaboration with internal or external research institutes, as well as with partners across the Mars Veterinary Health business. The role holder will use their deep knowledge of -omics/veterinary/animal science to develop innovative studies and produce results that can be translated into effective product development and service delivery (effective for the consumer and business).

The role holder will be well versed in studies of animal disease and be able deliver subject matter expertise to the team and wider business where needed. The role help to build the reputation of the Biomarkers of Disease team through communicating research outputs to external audiences through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at key external meetings.

What are we looking for?

Education & Professional Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Animal/Veterinary Science, Metabolomics, Genomics, Proteomics, Epidemiology (or related subject areas) with proven relevant experience (e.g. postdoctoral research).

Knowledge / Experience

  • Strong background knowledge in animal disease and/or health.

  • Significant experience using relevant tools and programming languages (e.g., R, Python)

  • Strong understanding of the role of data science in the field of animal/veterinary science.

  • Experience of designing and delivering research projects to solve complex scientific questions.

  • An outstanding drive for results and proven track record in the delivery of research projects.

  • Experience of communicating results and the potential implications of those results to a wide range of audiences including non-scientists

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Effectively manage and deliver multiple high-value interdisciplinary projects in key priority areas. This will include bringing together multiple teams from a wide range of disciplines and making important decisions to ensure successful project delivery.

  • The role holder be responsible for ensuring results are effectively translated into product development and service delivery.

  • Establish a network with key internal and external stakeholders to facilitate project delivery. This will include managing relationships with people across the MARS Petcare Ecosystem as well as with internal and external research institutes to deliver projects with high business value.

  • Communicate scientific outputs through a range of high impact publications, business reports, and presentations at internal and external meetings.

  • Provide advice on matters of subject expertise to the wider business.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by The Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose driven company, where we’re striving to build the world we want tomorrow, today.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Bank holiday swaps

We asked employees of Mars UK how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring
Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States
Awards & Achievements

Flexa100 2024

1st – Large companies

Industry awards 2023

Consumer Goods

Flexa100 2023

3rd – Large companies

Industry awards 2022

Retail & Ecommerce