• Research Assistant

    Position Type
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
    Location : Name
    Corporate Office
    Location : City
    Idaho Falls
  • Company Profile

    Melaleuca has firmly supported this mission statement since our humble beginning in 1985. Everything we accomplish is done with an eye toward promoting the physical, environmental, financial, and personal wellness of those around us. Our focus has always been on wellness. By manufacturing and selling effective, high quality, natural, health oriented products we help people live more vibrant, healthier, and happier lives.  When you walk through the doors at Melaleuca, you can feel it immediately. This is The Wellness Company.


    We have achieved consistent and profitable growth with our annual revenue consistently hitting over $1 billion dollars. We now have over 4,000 employees and operate in 19 countries around the world.  Melaleuca is positioned to grow even more rapidly in upcoming years.



    The R&D Research Assistant performs a wide variety of technical tasks in support of specific Melaleuca new or existing products.  The Research Assistant is expected to use his/her understanding of Science and training to conduct the necessary laboratory experimental work.  This includes generating and analyzing data, making observations and recommendations to their supervisor.    The work is typically “hands on”, in a lab, in a plant or pilot plant.


    • Great Starting Pay
    • Longevity Bonus (5 Yrs/$5000, 10 Yrs/$10,000, 15 Yrs/$15,000, etc.)
    • Company Profit Sharing (After 6 Mo of F/T Employment)
    • First Pay Review After 6 Months
    • Free Company Products (Monthly voucher currently equal to $90/month value - $1080/year)
    • Company Sponsored Employee Appreciation Events
    • Healthy Work Life Balance
    • Clean Indoor Climate Controlled Environment
    • Opportunities to Promote
    • No Layoffs
    • Safe/All Natural Product Line



    • Perform established test procedures. Become proficient in standard operating procedures and test methods relevant to the position. 
    • Develop test plans and generate accurate and reproducible data. Record data per established company standards including use of Laboratory Notebooks.
    • Document and summarize experimental data for review and interpretation.
    • Communicate results or observations to supervisor and other team members, making special note of unexpected results or observations.
    • Develop an understanding of and the ability to use available resources needed to get the job done.
    • Help solve technical problems and propose technical experiments
    • Learn and apply Design of Experiments (DOE) as well as Mini-Tab (statistical software) in general.
    • Maintain and supply materials for a safe, orderly laboratory working environment.
    • Perform storage stability tests for trial compositions and Melaleuca products.
    • Maintain accurate records of trial compositions and observations.
    • Evaluate competitive products, Melaleuca products and trial compositions according to established procedures.
    • Calibrate and maintain lab equipment.


    • Prepare 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 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.
    • Assist chemists in preparing and entering Bill of Materials (BOM) and other electronic forms to support Purchasing, QA and Operations.
    • Represent R&D function in support of QA, Operations, Purchasing and Marketing activities.
    • Obtain information and raw material samples from Melaleuca suppliers.
    • Perform and summarize experimental designs incorporating multiple samples.
    • Train associates in the use of laboratory equipment and procedures.



    • Associate’s with training and/or prior experience or Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific discipline.
    • Proficiency using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
    • Familiarity with basic statistical analyses.
    • Good communication skills.


    • Chemistry, biology or biochemistry background and/or laboratory experience preferred.
    • Knowledge or 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.


    Safe, uncrowded, affordable - nestled in the heart of beautiful Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls is a prosperous and vibrant community, as well as the gateway to recreational paradise. This unique setting provides numerous opportunities for total wellness -- social, physical, financial, and emotional. If you love outdoor activities, this is the place for you, with the Snake River running right through town, the Rocky Mountains dominating the horizon, and Yellowstone less than a 2-hour drive away.


    Excellent compensation - in addition to a competitive wage, we offer comprehensive benefits for our full-time employees that include all you would expect plus some remarkable surprises, such as a longevity bonus. 


    The next step is yours. To apply today, click on the "Apply" button below.



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