Researcher Microbiology,

Netherlands, South Holland, Sassenheim

Business unit: RD Technical

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.


Description (External) Researcher I - Microbiology
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 Researcher 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 provide the team/project leader with clear overviews about activities and timing to ensure optimum project planning. You also communicate clearly and effectively the key outcomes of the experiments with other parts of the AkzoNobel community.
You support and lead the specialists and act as a back-up for the team leader. It is important that you are able to work on longer-term “new” method development and/or technology development, as well as on short-term troubleshooting.
It is essential to stay up-to-date with developments in your field and endeavor to translate the methods used in other fields into the paint microbiology.

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September 30, 2018

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RD Technical

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

Job requirements / Candidate profile
- Master in Microbiology or equivalent;
- Ideally you have at least one year of experience in a Microbiology laboratory
- Good communication and reporting skills in English
- Accurate, well-organized and eager to do practical lab work
- The awareness to work across cultures and functional boundaries
- Team player
- Able to work and think across functional boundaries
- Passion for improvement and research

As a new starter, you will need to undergo an extensive training process for at least a year. During this time you will initially be active in the lab for about 70% of your working hours, with the remaining time spent on learning about biocides and the communication with the customers and suppliers.

Application details
Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section on, reference 180003L2.