Research and Development Specialist, Automotive and Specialty Coatings

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Date: Apr 22, 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

The Research and Development Specialist prepares, executes, and analyzes the output of projects originating from Lab Work Requests (LWR).  Will work with defined processes and spraying/testing paint systems in accordance with customer specifications.  Will also support team members as needed to ensure completion of daily tasks and lab work requests.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages the assigned lab work request (LWR)/projects on a weekly basis to include timeline and planning.
  • Maintains knowledge of relevant experimental, development and/or analytical approaches and techniques.
  • Prepares, applies, and evaluates paint or paint related materials to identify physical and chemical attributes.
  • Asks appropriate questions to clarify requirements, expectations and critical performance parameters. 
  • Documents lab results and visits through appropriate reporting systems, delivering outcome to manager and/or peers.
  • Summarizes test data in the form of spreadsheets, reports, and presentation; draws conclusions.  
  • Maintains equipment, troubleshooting as necessary.  Will also maintain a clean and organized work environment.
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures, following safe work practices for personal and equipment safety. 
  • Promotes health, safety and environmental regulations by ensuring that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local requirements.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering.
  • 1-2 years' experience in a laboratory environment within the coatings industry or chemical manufacturing.  Related academic experience may be considered is lieu of requirement.
  • Background in chemistry/polymers.
  • Conform with all site and laboratory safety requirements and policies to include the safe use of materials and equipment.
  • Effective problem solver with customer-oriented mindset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to travel up to 5% as required.

Total Compensation

The compensation package for this position will include a base salary, annual bonus, and employee benefits that are effective the first day of employment.

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: 36850 

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