Specialist Microbiology Expert Group

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Date: Apr 4, 2024

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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In short

AkzoNobel Paints & Coatings is a world leading multinational company focusing on the development and production of high quality paint and coating products, marketed under international and local brand names as Sikkens®, Levis®,Flexa®, Dulux® and Hammerite®. We produce paint and coatings for various markets, like decorative, powder, vehicles, aerospace, yacht, etc., to protect and decorate the substrates.

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.


Key Responsibilities

Together with the team/project leader you are going to translate general goals into plans, setting up broad experimental designs, and coordinating laboratory activities. This requires you to ensure that all laboratory or field/production 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 the team leader/project leader for defined projects in the long run.

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.


Job requirements / Candidate profile

  • Higher Technical Education in Microbiology (e.g. HLO Microbiology) or equivalent 
  • Preferably some experience (1-3 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 
  • Can cope with workload and show agility 

Applicants with a PhD. will not be considered 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 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 https://www.akzonobel.com/en/careers. Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner. E-mail marcel.thor@akzonobel.com.


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: 37353 

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