An exciting opportunity to perform groundbreaking research within a dynamic 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 department 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 Vehicle Refinishes department is part of AkzoNobel’s world leading business area Automotive Specialty Coatings (ASC), which supplies high technology coating systems worldwide.

Within this context, your mission 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


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, market request 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. And last, but not least you also develop, coach and support laboratory employees.

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:

  • Academic educational level (MSc or higher) in Science, preferably Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or comparable experience;
  • Ideally you have knowledge and experience of Paints a/o Coatings, with knowledge of polymer chemistry and/or process technology;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills including fluent written and spoken English;
  • Experience in a laboratory environment is an advantage;
  • Willing to follow various training courses in the field of paint chemistry and physiology;
  • Able to make and present sub-studies;
  • Proactive, self-starter;
  • Managerial skills.

Application details
For further information, please contact Denise de Bock, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 190001JM or use “this link”.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

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About AkzoNobel 
AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Sikkens, International, Dulux, Dynacoat, Wanda and Lesonal – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit