R&D Industrial Placement – Marine Coating and Biofouling Hydrodynamics

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R&D Industrial Placement - Marine Coating and Biofouling Hydrodynamics

  • Post Date:16th December 2022
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Location: Gateshead, GB

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. 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 the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.


R&D Industrial Placement – Marine Coating and Biofouling Hydrodynamics
1 Year placement starting July 2023
£20,000 per annum plus relocation allowance*
Felling, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear 


In 2018, the IMO, set an ambitious target for the shipping industry to reduce Green House Gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.  Fouling control coatings have an important role to play, by preventing the settlement of biofouling on the hulls of vessels thereby reducing drag, to help the shipping industry meet this target.


AkzoNobel, through our International brand, are at the forefront in the development of new solutions to provide ship owners and operators with sharper insight into the impact that coating selection will have on their operational footprint, whether through the development of the next generation of fouling control coatings, services, and predictive tools.


There is an exciting opportunity to join our team of hydrodynamists, marine biologists and chemists.


Hydrodynamics and Marine Biology team
The Hydrodynamic and Marine Biology team sit within the Fouling Control development team of AkzoNobel’s Marine, Protective and Yacht business unit.  The team delivers hydrodynamic testing of our coatings and a fundamental understanding of the physical properties of biofouling that contribute towards drag.  Practical experimentation and data analysis forms a significant part of the project work within the team.


What will I be doing?
Supporting hydrodynamic testing and evaluation within the hydrodynamic facilities (multi-purpose flumes, rotating drums, surface profile analysers).

Conducting experiments to understand the impact coatings and biofouling have on drag.

Work with AkzoNobel’s team of data analysts and chemists in support of project delivery.

Conduct data analysis to understand the impact coating selection could have on a vessel’s performance


Academic requirements:
You will be working towards a Marine Science and Technology related degree (or related science/engineering disciplines) that offers you the option of taking a Year in Industry.


Additional requirements
•    Experience of laboratory work would be beneficial
•    Good at following procedures & working safely
•    Strong PC skills, experience of programming languages (Matlab, Python, R, etc.) would be beneficial
•    An eye for detail and an effective team worker
•    Has ideas with the energy and determination to make them happen
•    Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
•    Wants to work in an international environment
•    Enjoys a collaborative working environment where supporting colleagues is key


Felling, Gateshead NE10 0JY (UK)


What Is In It For You 
We offer great personal development opportunities and roles with breadth, depth of scope and impact. We also offer comprehensive packages including:
•    25 days holiday excluding bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Staff discount at Dulux Decorator Centre stores
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    Employee Life Assurance
•    Company pension
•    Flexible benefits scheme offering benefits

About AkzoNobel 
Operating in over 150 countries, AkzoNobel is home to well-known brands and has been awarded Top Employer status in the UK and Europe.


How to Apply 
Apply online via the link below and we will get back to you.


We have been inventing the future for more than two centuries and need people like you to be part of the team.


We are advocates of a healthy work life balance and mental wellbeing.  We may consider flexible working for this role.

Applications close 27th January. First stage interviews to be held in February followed by an assessment centre.
*restrictions apply



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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: 25922