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Specialist R&D Microbiology

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Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

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.


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 (1-5 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;
  • Can cope with workload.

Applicants with a PhD. will not be considered for this position.


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. It is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2. Or send an email to TalentResourcing.NL@akzonobel.com.

The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, interview rounds and further steps.

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: 11717