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Date: 13-Jan-2021

Location: Gateshead, GB

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Industrial Placements – Research and Development
1 Year placement starting July 2021
Felling, Gateshead NE10 
£15,840 per annum plus relocation allowance**


Where better to put your learning into practice and develop your functional expertise than as part of the team at AkzoNobel? We are more than just the leading global paints and coatings Company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We are a Business recognised the world over for being first with ideas and driving improvement. 


At AkzoNobel we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens and International


We believe we can only grow our business as fast as we grow our people. That’s why we’re committed to investing in your time with us. Join us and we’ll work with you to develop your talents so that your ideas can go far. With an emphasis on development it’s no wonder we’ve consistently been voted as a Top Employer for 7 years running. 

Available Opportunities


We currently have several Industrial Placement opportunities available within the Marine, Protective and Yacht coatings R&D teams to start in the summer of 2021. 


These positions will be based at the development laboratories in Felling, Gateshead. The roles will involve screening new coatings technologies and developing concepts that may be applicable to future products. It is envisaged that a variety of technologies will be evaluated by each of the successful applicants and the focus will be on both short term and longer term product requirements.

The positions are predominantly laboratory based and candidates must be highly enthusiastic about practical laboratory testing and research. It is envisaged that the successful candidates will contribute with ideas to progress their projects and effectively organize their workload. A portion of time will also be spent writing up results and analysing data in order to determine next steps. You will work under the guidance of a line manager, and will be trained in all aspects of working in the laboratory using established test methods.


To be considered for this industrial placement, you must be a high achiever expecting to attain a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent* on a course that offers you the option of taking a Year in Industry.  Your degree subject area should be Chemistry or a related discipline.

You must also have achieved a minimum of 3 Bs at A-level (or equivilant) as well as speak fluent English.


It goes without saying that you’ll be a highly motivated undergraduate who is keen to contribute to the progress of engaging projects within our operation. You should have some previous experience of laboratory work with the ability to work accurately, tidily, methodically and safely, conducting yourself in a professional manner, adhering to AkzoNobel policies on health and safety, COSHH, quality standards and confidentiality.


What makes you different is you are the sort of undergraduate who not only has ideas but also has the energy and determination to make them happen; an undergraduate who wants to work in an international environment and find solutions to the big challenges facing the world.


So if you think you’ve got what it takes and want to develop your talents, we can’t wait to see you here at AkzoNobel – and help you take your ideas to the world. 

The first stage of the process is a telephone interview, followed by an assessment centre which will be held in Felling.


* Please visit the FAQ section of our website www.akzonobel.com/graduates for equivalencies in your country.
** Restrictions apply
*** UCAS Points are a measurement of ‘A ‘Level performance, points gained at AS level qualifications should not be included. 300 points are equivalent to 3B’s at ‘A ‘Level not including general studies.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Requisition ID: 6792