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Internship Home Care - Cellulose

Internship in Breda, the Netherlands

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Required languages

English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 1 years

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Are you a 3rd-year university of applied sciences (HBO) student chemical engineering or a related study? And are you looking for a challenging internship starting January-February 2020, for a duration of 20 weeks? Cosun R&D offers you an interesting assignment!

What are you going to do?

In your thesis, you will investigate the use/stability of biobased cellulosic ingredients in laundry and products in relation to different (lab) processing methods/conditions. The market for laundry detergent products is moving towards greener and more sustainable products. New innovative biobased ingredients play an important role in new product development. The functionality of these biobased raw materials can be influenced by different factors (e.g. process conditions/ chemical physical interactions). The goal of this thesis is to reduce these effects to optimize formulation performance using biobased ingredients. The first part of the program will focus on the execution of an experimental design to characterize the compatibility of different cellulose derivatives within homecare formulation ingredients/ process conditions. The second part of the program is focusing on the translation of these results into an optimized (lab) processing method/ formula composition recommendation for use in homecare applications.

The ultimate goal of your thesis is to provide formulation/ processing recommendations for the use of different cellulose materials within homecare formulations.

Who are you

You are a 3rd-year university of applied sciences (HBO) student, with an affinity for and proven experience with lab-scale application/ product development. You are studying Chemical engineering or similar. You are available for an internship, for the duration of 20 weeks.

Furthermore, we ask:

  • A pro-active, independent attitude and drive;
  • Other needed behavioral skills: Flexible, creative problem solver
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and/or Dutch
  • Knowledge of- and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)

Where are you going to work?

Cosun R&D is the knowledge and expertise center of Cosun, situated in the Cosun innovation center in Dinteloord. Cosun R&D provides services to the Cosun business groups and their customers by sharing its know-how and experience in a wide range of (R&D) competences. With this knowledge, our colleagues at Cosun R&D help coordinate and initiate research and development Cosun wide. Additionally, Cosun R&D works together with the business groups to develop new and innovative applications of biomass. Our Cosun innovation center facilitates experimental set ups for process analyses, research laboratories, a pilot plant and our very own bakery, for testing new concepts. You can count on a challenging assignment and personal attention and guidance.


During your internship, you will be located at our Cosun innovation center in Dinteloord.

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Royal Cosun is een agro-industrieel concern en stevig geworteld in de primaire sector. De bedrijven die tot Cosun behoren zijn Aviko, Duynie, Sensus, Suiker Unie, SVZ en Cosun Biobased Products. Ze maken ingrediënten en producten voor voeding die hun weg vinden naar de levensmiddelenindustrie, foodservice en retail. En in toenemende mate ook componenten voor non-food toepassingen.

5,000 employees