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R&D Industrial Placement - Polymer Research

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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.

R&D Industrial Placement – Polymer Research
1 Year placement starting July 2021
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE10 0JY
£15,840 per annum plus relocation allowance**


Where better to put your learning into practice and gain valuable experience than as part of the team at AkzoNobel?  We are more than just the largest global paints and coatings company. We are a business recognized the world over for being first with ideas, driving innovation and delivering continuous improvement for customers.


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.


Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 35,000 people in around 80 countries. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Cuprinol and we are consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability; we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colourful world where life is improved by what we do.



We have two 12-month internship opportunities within our business which are geared towards providing you with a challenging experience. Working as part of a successful team on ‘real life’ projects you’ll be mentored by experienced professionals. With their support you will develop your polymer chemistry and team working skills, see how academic theory is applied in a corporate environment and make a real contribution to the success of the business. Day-to-day you will be a part of the Polymer Research team to support the execution of R&D technical projects for the benefit of our Performance Coatings business. This will involve working in a state-of-the-art polymer research laboratory, participating in active projects as well as following standard procedures. Work must be executed in a timely manner, be completed to high accuracy and be written into basic test reports.



To be considered you must be a high achiever and expecting 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 relevant, such as Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry (preferential).


Good at following procedures and working safely and in accordance with chemical safety standards, you will also need strong PC skills, an eye for detail and be an effective team worker. We’re looking for someone who has ideas and the energy and determination to make them happen; someone 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. To apply please visit our website via the link. The first stage of the process will involve a telephone interview, followed by an assessment centre held in Felling, Gateshead.


* Please visit the FAQ section of our website for equivalencies in your country.

** Restrictions apply


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: 6940