R&D internship

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Datum: 12-mei-2023

Plaats: Sassenheim, NL

Bedrijf: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. 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 the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Coatings Research Interns

Within our Global Coating R&D Department in Sassenheim (Netherlands) we are looking for: Coatings Research Interns


Our R&D teams focus on developing new technologies to grow and innovate our coating businesses throughout the world. We support well respected brands like Dulux, Sikkens, Hammerite and Cuprinol.  We develop technologies for Decorative and Industrial products, applied on wood, metal or wall substrates, with applications ranging from exterior and interior wood protection (cladding, doors and window frames, garden fences, interior furniture and floors) to corrosion protection in the automotive, aerospace or wind industries. Our internships offer a wide variety of research topics, including polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, material science, formulation and rheology. The placement can last from 6 to 12 months, and starting dates and topics will be defined individually, depending on the team where the internship takes place and available projects. 

Please note the following: to be seriously considered, all student applicants should indicate their possible start date and the duration of the internship.

What could the internship involve?

  • Work on your own research (sub) projects for new technologies or products in the field of coatings
  • Have the opportunity to design, execute and present your own project
  • Work in the lab on formulation and testing of coating products
  • Develop scientific insights to understand coating and substrate properties
  • Work within an international project organization in multi-disciplinary teams

What do you bring?

  • On-going study to get a Bachelor / Master’s degree in Chemistry / Chemical Engineering / Polymer Chemistry / Material science / Formulation
  • Good knowledge of the English language
  • Curiosity to learn all about our coatings and ways of protecting wood/metal/wall…
  • Affinity for research work on new technologies
  • Interest in lab work, paint formulations and other aspects of coatings
  • Good communication skills

What do we offer?

  • A hands-on learning experience in the field of paint and coatings
  • An international working environment which is globally oriented
  • An experience in a leading R&D laboratory in coatings
  • The possibility to write your Bachelor/Master thesis based on your research
  • An internship allowance of up to 700 €/month, depending on education level
  • An accommodation allowance, depending on individual situation

Are you curious for this exciting opportunity within our company?
Please reply by using the online application form, or ask your questions to Michel.rosso@akzonobel.com


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

Requisition ID: 28944