Research and Development Rotational Associate, Automotive and Specialty Coatings

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Date: Mar 28, 2024

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.

Job Purpose

During the Graduate Research and Development Rotational Program, participants will receive on-the-job training and gain additional work experience through cross-functional assignments, mentoring, assessments, career planning, and networking.  Upon completion of the program, based on readiness and performance, participants will be assigned a role as determined by the Research and Development leadership team.

Rotational Cycle

The Graduate Rotational Program is a total of twenty-seven (27) months.  The program will be broken into three (3) rotational cycles.  Each rotational cycle will last nine (9) months and will be based at AkzoNobel's Research and Development facilities.


  • Rotation Locations: Troy, Michigan; High Point, North Carolina; Houston, Texas


  • Relocation:  Relocation assistance will be provided per AkzoNobel policy.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Delivers on project objectives to meet a range of business needs which includes defining requirements, preparing plans, and executing work plans in alignment with project management best practices.
  • Modifies formulations based on customer specifications to achieve desired application performance and film properties.
  • Uses data analysis, including design of experiments and other problem-solving methodologies, to replicate and analyze product performance issues.  Will determine root cause and implement data-driven improvement plans.
  • Provides technical expertise and leadership to continuous improvement projects, identifying opportunities for improvements.
  • Adopts successful ideas from the external world, designing improved systems to meet business needs.
  • Prepares detailed project reports for presentation to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Actively participates in all site health, safety, environment, quality and sustainability activities.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science and/or Master of Science in Polymer Chemistry, Chemistry, or Material Science.  Degree must have been obtained within the past year.
  • Maximum of one (1) year experience in chemistry or a related field to include internships and/or prior work experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with internal and external customers.
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills with the ability to apply scientific and technical standards when resolving issues.
  • Availability for domestic mobility with the ability to relocate upon completion of the program.
  • Must be proficient in English.

Total Compensation

The annual salary for this position is $70,000.00.  The position is eligible for an annual bonus, relocation assistance, and employee benefits that are effective the first day of employment.  Also eligible to participate in AkzoNobel's amazing employee discount program.

Perks for Joining AkzoNobel!  
Medical insurance with HSA • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits • Annual bonus • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay • Paid Parental leave • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks • Career growth opportunities on a regional and global scale • Tuition Reimbursement • Career growth opportunities • Employee referral bonus 





All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Requisition ID: 37063



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