Chemist, Paints & Coatings

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Date: Mar 8, 2023

Location: Troy, MI, US

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.

Position Summary:

The Chemist will develop, prepare, execute and analyze research elements (e.g. problems, questions, ideas) in own discipline and develop new and improve existing research methodology, in line with the R&D strategy, project and R&D functional standards, in order to gain insight into new developments and contribute to the realization of objectives of research/development/support projects.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using innovative ideas, materials, and test methods.
  • Ensure robustness in all phases of research and development using accepted techniques including DOE, FMEA, SPC, and others as required.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities
  • Know and observe company and location health and safety requirements.
  • Maintains detailed technical records in the form of a Laboratory Notebook or Computer Databases.
  • Provide progress reports, monthly and quarterly reports, technical plans, and project summaries to ensure appropriate communication of project status and needs
  • Maintain and develop professional contacts including company personnel, vendors, and customers
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment in accordance with company safety rules to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environments and safety regulations
  • Oversee specific functions and/or locations, as required
  • Travel requirements are light, typically 0-4 trips annually

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or Master's degree in Chemistry and/or Material Science 
  • Ability to organize and present data in graphical and tabular formats.
  • Ability to interpret data and develop insights based on knowledge of chemical structures and reactivity, propose, and test hypotheses, and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to apply concepts of algebra, geometry, basic statistics, and computer spreadsheet calculations.
  • Able to use MS Word, Excel, and Outlook at a proficient level.
  • Able to perform common tasks utilizing MS PowerPoint, MS Project, Optiva and SAP
  • Ability to utilize all indicated software at a proficient level.



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: 29149