Specialist Microbiology,

Netherlands, South Holland, Sassenheim

Business unit: Decorative Paints

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.


Specialist Microbiology Expert Group
AkzoNobel Paints & Coatings is a world leading multinational company focusing on the development and production of high quality paint and coating products, marketed under international and local brand names as Sikkens®, Levis®,Flexa®, Dulux® and Hammerite®. We produce paint and coatings for various markets, like decorative, powder, vehicles, aerospace, yacht, etc., to protect and decorate the substrates.
Within the organization, the Microbiology Expertise Group (MBEG) performs research, tests and projects concerned with the microbiological protection of paints and related materials. MBEG covers areas including in-can preservation and dry-film preservation of our paints and plant hygiene in our production sites. Our main customers are colleagues in the Product Development Centers (PDC), the local technical people in the countries, and people from the paint production.
In the MBEG team, based in Sassenheim (NL), a position for a Specialist R&D Microbiology has become available.
Together with the team/project leader you are going to translate general goals into plans, setting up broad experimental designs, and coordinating laboratory activities. This requires you to ensure that all laboratory or field/production environment testing is performed with regard to all technical, legal, HSE and Product Stewardship principles.
You are eager to do practical lab work and execute the experiments with high efficiency, accuracy and under minimum supervision. Afterwards you evaluate and report the results, primarily in English.

You communicate clearly and effectively the key outcomes of the experiments with other parts of the AkzoNobel (R&D) community. Next to this you provide the team/project leader with clear overviews about activities and timing to ensure optimum project planning.

Your work will include both work on short-term troubleshoot issues (including some repetitive work) and on long-term “new” method development. You may lead an assistant (MLO or intern) and act as a back-up for the team leader/project leader.

Next to your duties as a specialist, you will support and coordinate the overall working facilities (equipment, materials) of the sub-team or/and sometimes the whole Microbiology department.

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Job characteristics

Closing date

September 30, 2018

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South Holland



Business unit

Decorative Paints

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

• Higher Technical Education in Microbiology (e.g. HLO Microbiology) or equivalent
• Preferably some experience (1-5 years) in a Microbiology laboratory
• Team player
• Highly accurate with good reporting skills
• Excellent communication skills, including fluent in written and spoken English
• Awareness of working across cultures and of the needs of end users
• Able to work and think across functional boundaries

Application details
Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on, reference 180003KY