Researcher I

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Date: May 10, 2022

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 Researcher I will develop, prepare, execute and analyze research elements (e.g. problems, questions, ideas) in paints and coatings. This role develops new and improves existing research coatings methodologies in line with the R&D strategy, projects, and R&D functional standards. In this position you will work to gain insight into new research developments for cross-business unit applications (Global Technology) and contribute to the realization of the strategic objectives of AkzoNobel.

Key Activities

  • Participates in projects and ensures execution and delivery of technical results
  • Delivers results on time for longer term projects, ensuring quality and feasibility, according to business needs
  • Keeps current on uses and improves relevant research methods in the field
  • Ensures retention of knowledge through research reports
  • Identifies new technologies/process optimization and technical solutions and new application opportunities for paints and coatings and shares these with other professionals
  • Sets-up, plans, executes, analyses, interprets, and reports experiments within own unit
  • Formulates and presents solution directions, and issues advice at request or at own initiative
  • Applies research methodologies, tools and systems
  • Provides functional guidance to junior chemists/technicians
  • Collaborates with legal counsel to create intellectual property (IP) for the protection of AkzoNobel technologies
  • Maintains and promotes a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. 



Education & Experience

Ph.D. in chemistry/chemical engineering or related fields with minimum 0-2 years of experience or Master’s degree in chemistry/chemical engineering or related fields and minimum 1-3 years of experience in the coatings industry or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry/chemical engineering or related fields and minimum 6-9 years of experience in the coatings industry. 


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 21660

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit