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R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement

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Date: 13-Jan-2021

Location: Slough, GB

Company: 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.

R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement – multiple positions available
1 Year placement starting July 2021
Slough, Berkshire SL2 5DS
£15,840 per annum plus relocation allowance**


Where better to put your learning into practice and gain valuable experience than as part of the team at AkzoNobel. We are more than just the largest global paints and coatings company. We are a business recognised the world over for being first with ideas, driving innovation and delivering continuous improvement for customers.


At AkzoNobel, we believe we can only grow our business as fast as we grow our people. That’s why we’re committed to developing people.


The internship opportunities within our business are geared towards providing you with a challenging experience. Working as part of a successful team on ‘real life’ projects you’ll be mentored by experienced professionals. With their support you will develop your analytical and team working skills, see how academic theory is applied in a corporate environment and make a real contribution to the success of the business. Day-to-day you will support the execution of R&D technical projects for the benefit our Decorative Paints business.

We have roles available in our fast-paced product development team; these will involve following standard procedures to complete projects to agreed schedules as well as writing basic test reports and presenting findings. We also have one role available in the Analytical & Materials Characterisation team, where you will work alongside experienced analysts on a wide range of advanced instruments to support all parts of R&D with analytical testing and method development. Alongside this, appropriate training will be provided on theory, equipment and software to enable you to succeed in your placement.


AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company we supply essential colour, essential protection and essential ingredients to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 35,000 people in around 80 countries. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Cuprinol and we are consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability; we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colourful world where life is improved by what we do.


To be considered you must have achieved a minimum of 300 UCAS points (or equivalent) and be a high achiever and expecting a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent* on a course that offers you the option of taking a Year in Industry.  Your degree subject area should be relevant such as Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or Materials Science


Good at following procedures and working safely you will also need strong PC skills, an eye for detail and be an effective team worker. We’re looking for someone who has ideas and the energy and determination to make them happen; someone who wants to work in an international environment and find solutions to the big challenges facing the world.


So if you think you’ve got what it takes and want to develop your talents, we can’t wait to see you here at AkzoNobel. To apply please visit our website via the link. The first stage of the process will involve a telephone interview, followed by a final stage assessment centre held in Slough.

* Please visit the FAQ section of our website for equivalencies in your country.
** Restrictions apply


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: 7052