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Date: Jul 18, 2024

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

About AkzoNobel

Since 1792, we’ve been supplying the innovative paints and coatings that help to color people’s lives and protect what matters most. 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 use our expertise to sustain and enhance the fabric of everyday life. Because we believe every surface is an opportunity. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering and long-established paints company that’s dedicated to providing sustainable solutions and preserving the best of what we have today – while creating an even better tomorrow. Let’s paint the future together.


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Bring your research and knowledge-building skills to a forward-thinking research environment AkzoNobel is a global leader in the area of Paints and Coatings.

This success is based on the highest levels of research and innovation. Central to this research capability is the Innovation group in which several Expertise Centers work on future coating concepts. In this group the Expertise Center Substrate Protection (EC SP) works on challenging research projects aiming to understand the protective properties of coatings and develop new and innovative anti-corrosive and other substrate protecting concepts for the global Paints & Coatings market. The EC SP is an international team, and we are looking for a Researcher to be based in Sassenheim, the Netherlands.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to find solutions for our corrosion challenges as part of a project team and lead projects on the development of new coating technologies. In particular, you draw on literature and interaction with AkzoNobel R&D experts from around the globe, to deepen the understanding and propose novel approaches for the research project. With this work, insights are developed that will lead to new concepts, improved research methodology and more fundamental understanding of substrate protection for paints & coatings.

You will report to one of the team leaders in the EC SP, and work on projects across the whole team. As such, this is an exciting position for candidates with the energy and ambition to help a world-leading research team to develop breakthrough products for the global market.

Key Accountabilities

This role is based at our major site in Sassenheim, the Netherlands. Working from here you collaborate closely with the team/project leader to translate project objectives into plans.

This requires you to: ·

  • Set up experiments, analyze and interpret the results. Setting up statistical experimental designs is part of this.
  • Analyze internal and external technical literature, reports, patents, publications, towards written proposals for R&D investigation. 
  • Set up projects, interact with stakeholders from the different business areas and R&D.
  • You manage the projects in a structured manner and communicate on the progress formally and informally. 
  • You have a clear affinity for working in long-term projects with technical challenges and you like to dive into the chemical/physical background and theory of coatings (components) and corrosion processes to solve these challenges. 
  • You execute experiments with accuracy, you analyze your results independently and report back with conclusions and follow-up suggestions. 
  • You provide the team, project leaders and other stakeholders with clear overviews of your activities and timings to ensure optimal project planning. 
  • You coordinate activities with the different R&D disciplines and (temporary) assigned lab technicians and ensures quality and progress activities related to your projects. 
  • You provide functional guidance to chemists and technicians. 
  • You communicate the key outcomes of the experiments clearly and effectively with other parts of the AkzoNobel (R&D) community and report the work in reports for retention of knowledge.

It is imperative that you stay up to date with developments in coatings and research methods in this field, building knowledge via all relevant literature and input from universities, clients, other research centers. It is also important that you have a clear affinity for working in long-term projects with technical challenges, and that you enjoy diving into the chemical background and theory of coatings (components) to solve these challenges. At all times you work safely and observe good laboratory practice and safety standards.



  • Academic science-based degree (preferably PhD) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science etc.
  • Expertise in the field of corrosion, polymers, electrochemical techniques or metallurgy is a benefit.
  • Experience in or the affinity for working in a research and laboratory environment.
  • Clear interest in gaining physical and chemical background of paint, paint components and corrosion processes.
  • Ambitious to learn and grow, self-organizing and a drive for results.
  • Team-player, keen to work together with colleagues in project teams.
  • Excellent communication skills on all levels in the organization; being able to represent the department to internal and external stakeholders (like customers, suppliers, and institutes).
  • Experience with or affinity for providing guidance to others with potential to grow in leadership skills.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).

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 an above average number of annual holidays 
  • 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 Only online applications including resume, cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner, An employment screening may be part of the selection process.



At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 41068 

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