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Researcher Application Center

Posted 7 Feb 2024
Work experience
3 to 6 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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In short

AkzoNobel is a leading global paint and coatings company, and we are seeking a talented Researcher to join our team in Sassenheim. We are committed to creating innovative solutions that improve lives and make the world a more colorful place. If you are passionate about research, safety, and innovation, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Purpose of the role

The primary purpose of this job is to develop, prepare, execute, and analyze application research elements, with a focus on innovation and safety. You will contribute to the realization of objectives in research, development, and support projects, and provide integrated multidisciplinary research data and innovative technologies. You will also ensure compliance with regulations in the area of QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment).

Key responsibilities

As a Researcher at AkzoNobel, your responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining a safe work environment and complying with safety policies and procedures.
  • Taking on a pioneering role and sharing expertise within the R&D institution.
  • Planning, executing, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting application experiments.
  • Identifying new product/process optimization and technical solutions.
  • Maintaining and improving application research methods in the field.
  • Participating or leading projects and ensuring the delivery of technical results.
  • Formulating and presenting solution directions and providing advice.
  • Contributing to IP applications for your research work.
  • Applying as a recognized expert in the R&D organization.
  • Developing and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of VR and CV application technologies and equipment.

Key accountabilities:

  • Delivering results on time for medium and large-sized projects, ensuring quality and feasibility.
  • Using and improving methodologies and tools.
  • Protecting AkzoNobel technologies.
  • Providing functional guidance/supervision to teams.

What do you bring?

To be successful in this role, you should have:

  • A Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a good knowledge of Chemical Engineering or a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering with a good knowledge of Mechanical Engineering.
  • 3-6 years of working experience with a Master's degree.
  • High safety awareness.
  • Flexible working attitude.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • A creative approach to research and innovation.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Sufficient proficiency in Dutch or a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and social skills.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, particularly with statistical software and MS Office.
  • If you are a dedicated and innovative researcher with a passion for safety and a desire to make a real impact in the field of application research, we encourage you to apply for this position.

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

  • a competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays;
  • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan;
  • travel expenses to and from work
  • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role.

More information and how to apply

We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and a cover letter and grade list will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Marcel Thor, Talent Acquisition Partner. E-mail

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 34982

AkzoNobel is the world's largest coatings and specialty chemicals company, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world.

Active in 150 countries
3,000 employees
50% men - 50% women
Average age is 44 years