Researcher I,

Netherlands, South Holland, Sassenheim

Business unit: Vehicle Refinishes

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Apply your initiative and instincts to customer-focused research for a leading global organization

If you’ve ever had your car resprayed, it probably involved one of our products. That’s because we provide innovative paints, color technologies and customer services to bodyshops and repair professionals across the vehicle refinish market. AkzoNobel’s Vehicle Refinishes Strategic Market Unit (SMU) succeeds at a global level by understanding our customers’ needs and working with them as partners. Among our products are leading brands such as Sikkens®, Lesonal® and Dynacoat®.
The SMU Vehicle Refinishes is part of AkzoNobel’s world leading business area Performance Coatings, which supplies high technology coating systems for use all over the world. Our success is built on a visionary and well resourced research capability that develops paint products in at several laboratories worldwide.

Within this context, your mission in this role is to contribute to customer-focused research within a result driven and cooperative team environment at VR’s laboratory at Sassenheim in the Netherlands.
Is this a challenge that matches your skills and ambitions? Can you help us develop ground breaking products for both global and local markets? Are you able to set up, plan and execute experiments, analyze and report results and translate obtained findings/knowledge? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic multinational business environment?
If you offer all this and more we invite you to apply for the role of


The role and its responsibilities
Working in project teams from our research facility in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, you investigate new technologies based on literature, patents or your own ideas, formulating and presenting possible solution directions and issuing advice in order to optimize/improve ongoing projects.
At all times you align with project goals and timings, and it is important that investigations are linked to customer needs/market trends. Activities will often be performed in cooperation with other departments and locations. Thus you perform tests/analysis of paints with the Physical Analytical Lab, then coordinate production batches with the Scale-up Department.
Needless to say you work according to all QHSE guidelines. You also develop, coach and support technicians, and act as focal point in the laboratory for safety issues (lab steward).

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

March 28, 2017

Vacancy number







South Holland



Business unit

Vehicle Refinishes

Sub business unit

Vehicle Refinishes R&D

Job family


Hierarchy level

Entry Level

Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

Candidate profile
- To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:
- Master’s degree in Chemistry of Chemical Engineering, or equivalent working and thinking level;
- Up to approximately three years of experience in a laboratory environment;
- Knowledge of polymer chemistry is an advantage;
- Strong communication and presentation skills including fluent written and spoken English.
Application details
We welcome your online application including a coverletter en resumé. Please note tat applications via mail won't be taken into consideration. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 160008VM or use the ‘apply’ link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
For further information, please contact Ashna Badal, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2.

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