Researcher I

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Date: Aug 1, 2022

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: 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.

Researcher I


In short (Purpose of the job)


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 Technology group in which several Expertise Centers work on challenging research projects to develop new and innovative coating concepts for the global Paints & Coatings market and create more fundamental understanding for these. 
We are looking for 3 Researchers for two of these teams: the Expertise Center Corrosion and the Expertise Center Waterborne. In the Expertise Center Corrosion the focus is on developing and understanding the corrosion protective properties of coatings, whereas the Expertise Center Waterborne focuses primarily on new waterborne concepts. These positions are based in Sassenheim, the Netherlands

Within this context, your mission in one of these roles is to find solutions for our waterborne and/or 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 corrosion protection and/or waterborne paints & coatings. You will report to one of the team leaders or managers in the Expertise Center, and work on projects across the 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 responsibilities

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), film formation 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, and 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.

What do you bring? (Job requirements)

•    Academic degree (preferably PhD) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or equivalent
•    Expertise in the field of polymers, film formation or coatings 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, durability 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
  • Fixed bonus

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 Ashna Badal, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to

An employment screening may 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: 19996