Sassenheim, Netherlands

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 Researcher.

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).

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

For further information, please contact Ashna Badal, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 160008VM or use this link.

A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated.

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Flexa, Sikkens, Alabastine and Jozo. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

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