Research Engineer - Product Development,

Sweden, Västra Götaland, Bohus

Business unit: PPC Performance Chemicals

About AkzoNobel

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.


We have an immediate opening for a Research Engineer who will contribute to the development of new and improved production processes, products and applications within the Colloidal Silica business. The purpose of this role is to de velop and optimize new and existing products and processes, characterization methods, technical solutions and applications. You will identify new product/process optimizations, technical solutions and opportunities and evaluate ideas & results. You will participate in assigned projects and lead projects/activities and ensure execution and delivery of technical results. 
You will take an important and active part in technical/chemical cross-functional discussions and communicate with all functions involved – Sales & Marketing, Plants, Technology and RD&I.
You will be part of a motivated team and work in a growing business unit where you have the possibility to grow both personally and professionally. This position can be a good learning platform for someone who wants to develop in the direction of project management.

Main responsibilities

  • Maintain and promote a safe work environment, complies with safety policies and procedures. Follow safe work practices for personal and equipment safety, both in the laboratory and in the field. End results are zero or minimum safety incidents and a clean, orderly working environment.
  • Contribute to personal motivation, involvement and competence development in order to provide efficiency and valuable results to the company.
  • Set-up, plan, execute, analyze, interpret and report experiments within and outside own unit.
  • Identify new product/process optimization and technical solutions and new application opportunities for own area/domain and share these with other team members and management.
  • Maintain, improve and develop new relevant R&D methods in the field, ensure retention of knowledge through research reports and ensure the knowledge of the team is up to date.
  • Participate in assigned projects/activities, lead projects/activities and ensure execution and delivery of technical results through leading and coordinating team members.
  • Participate in assigned projects/activities, lead projects/activities and ensure execution and delivery of technical results through leading and coordinating team members.
  • Responsibility to support product development tasks in implementation stages.
  • Ensure customer satisfaction through knowledge support and trouble shooting in customer related problems.
  • Contribute to IP applications for own research work; analyze 3rd party IP in own area.

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

August 31, 2018

Vacancy number







Västra Götaland



Business unit

PPC Performance Chemicals

Job family


Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

  • PhD in chemistry/chemical technology or Master's Degree in chemistry/chemical technology with 3 years of relevant experience or Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry /chemical technology with 5-7 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience from laboratory work.
  • Result oriented.
  • Good ability to cooperate and communicate with different stakeholders.
  • Good communication skills in writing reports and presenting results.
  • God communication in English, both verbally and in writing.

What can AkzoNobel offer you?

If you share our values and ambitions, we can give you a career where your knowledge and ambitions will be recognized and rewarded. You will be working in an international environment with many possibilities to develop, both personally and professionally. You will be offered interesting and challenging projects that open your view and challenges your enterprise. You will be working with likeminded people that share your attitude and enthusiasm. By working for AkzoNobel you will also help us to achieve our ambition – to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.
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Additional information

This is a permanent position on a full time basis, reporting to the RD&I Manager Colloidial Silica and based in Bohus. Please apply via our online recruitment system. We do not accept applications via e-mail, these applications will be disregarded.
For additional information about the vacancy please contact Ylva Wildlock, RD&I Manager Colloidial Silica, +46 709 57 76 24.
For information about the recruitment process, please contact Åsa Stafström, Talent Resourcing Partner,+46 709 57 76 45.

For unions related questions, please contact the switchboard at +46 31 58 70 00 and ask for:
Akademikerklubben, Emma Lundin
Unionen, Helene Rosenlund

If you have any general questions about your application or need assistance please contact:
We are looking forward to your application!

More about the business

AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals is a leading global force in pulp bleaching technologies, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres. We provide innovative and sustainable products and technologies that are widely used by customers in a large variety of industrial applications. Our 1,960 employees operate in 33 countries. Pulp and Performance Chemicals forms a business unit within AkzoNobel, which is the world’s largest paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.
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