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Microbiology Specialist

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Datum: 16-mrt-2021

Plaats: Sassenheim, NL

Bedrijf: 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.


Job Purpose

Within the organization, the Microbiology Expertise Group (MBEG) performs research, tests and projects concerned with the microbiological protection of paints and related materials. MBEG covers areas including in-can preservation and dry-film preservation of our paints and plant hygiene in our production sites. Our main customers are colleagues in the Product Development Centers (PDC), the local technical people in the countries, and people from the paint production.


In the MBEG team, based in Sassenheim (NL), a position for a Specialist R&D Microbiology has become available in the dry-film preservation group.


Together with the team/project leader you are going to translate general goals into plans, setting up experimental designs, and coordinating laboratory activities. This requires you to ensure that all laboratory or field environment testing is performed with regard to all technical, legal, HSE and Product Stewardship principles. 
You are eager to do practical lab work and execute the experiments with high efficiency, accuracy and under minimum supervision. Afterwards you evaluate and report the results, primarily in English.


You communicate clearly and effectively the key outcomes of the experiments with other parts of the AkzoNobel (R&D) community. Next to this you provide the team/project leader with clear overviews about activities and timing to ensure optimum project planning.


Your work will include both work on short-term troubleshoot issues (including some repetitive work) and on long-term “new” method development. You may lead an assistant (MLO or intern) and act as a back-up for the team leader/project leader.


Next to your duties as a specialist, you will support and coordinate the overall working facilities (equipment, materials) of the sub-team or/and sometimes the whole Microbiology department.

Who are we looking for?

  • Higher Technical Education in Microbiology (e.g. HLO Microbiology) or equivalent
  • Preferably some experience (1-5 years) in a Microbiology laboratory
  • Team player
  • Highly accurate with good reporting skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent in written and spoken English
  • Awareness of working across cultures and of the needs of end users
  • Able to work and think across functional boundaries


Application details

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.


We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner; tel. +31 6 111 444 56



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: 9170