R&D Specialist III

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Date: Nov 11, 2023

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

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Job Purpose

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled R&D Specialist III to join our team and play a crucial role in shaping the future of aerospace coatings. If you're ready to take your career to new heights, keep reading!

The R&D Specialist III is responsible for  executing, and analyzing research elements to develop and improve aerospace-related products in alignment with the business and R&D strategy. This role involves collaborating with various departments, including Sales, Marketing, or Production, , to gain insights into new developments and contribute to research and development projects. Effective communication skills are crucial for liaising with internal and external stakeholders and presenting research findings to customers. In this role you will report to the R&D Team Leader.


  • Safety and Compliance:
    • Maintains a safe work environment, adheres to safety policies and procedures, and ensures personal and equipment safety.
    • Follows quality standards set by Lab management (e.g., AS9100) and promotes compliance within the team.
  • Research and Development:
    • Plans, executes and analyzes, experiments within the unit.
    • Takes ownership of assigned subjects and actively participates in projects, ensuring timely and accurate delivery of technical results.
    • Keeps current methods up to date and preserves knowledge through research reports.
  • Collaboration and Communication:
    • Collaborates with other departments, suppliers, and customers to support research activities and projects.
    • Represents R&D in cross-functional project teams.
    • Interacts with suppliers and customers, maintaining professional relationships.
  • Intellectual Property and Team Leadership:
    • Ensures protection of AkzoNobel technologies by adhering to IP laws and patent applications.
    • Provides functional guidance to technician/specialist level team members.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry or a related scientific field with 3-6 years of paint and coating related working experience, OR Master’s Degree in Chemistry or related field with up to one year of paint and coating related working experience.
  • Preferred experience in Aerospace coatings.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including expert level knowledge in Excel and Databases.
  • Strong planning and reporting skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal.

Note: The job description provided above outlines the general nature and level of work expected from the employee in this role. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for this position.

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • a competitive salary with 46 annual holidays and leave days
  • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan
  • travel expenses to and from work
  • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role.


More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via www.akzonobel.com/careers. Only online applications will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Merith de Bock, Talent Acquisition Partner, TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.

The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, interview rounds and further steps. An online assessment might be part of the selection process. 



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

Requisition ID: 34330 

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