R&D Industrial Placement Slough

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R&D Industrial Placement Slough

  • Post Date:27th September 2023
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Job Description

Date: 27 Sep 2023

Location: Slough, GB

Company: AkzoNobel

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.

For more information please visit www.akzonobel.com.

© 2023 Akzo Nobel N.V. All rights reserved.


R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement
1 Year placement starting July 2024
£23,100 per annum plus relocation allowance**
Slough, Berks SL2 5DS


R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement – Introduction 
If you are expecting a minimum 2:1 in a relevant science subject and are keen to put your learning into practice and gain valuable experience, this is an incredible opportunity to develop your skills in a business that is a world expert in making coatings. Operating in over 150 countries, AkzoNobel is home to well-known brands, such as Dulux the UK’s favourite paint, and has been awarded Top Employer status in the UK and Europe. We are now recruiting for our R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement programme, giving you the chance to work on ‘real life’ projects in our Materials Characterisation Section while being mentored by experienced R&D professionals.


R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement – The Role
•    Apply academic theory in a corporate environment.
•    Collaborate with team colleagues to plan & carry out experimental analytical and characterization work to deadlines.
•    Interpret and report results in a timely manner.
•    Follow standard operating procedures to complete projects to agreed schedules.
•    Develop knowledge on analytical chemistry & materials characterisation applied to paints.
•    Work safely.


R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement – About You
•    Expecting a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent* on a course that offers you the option of taking a Year in Industry.
•    Degree subject area should be relevant such as Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Materials Science or combined degrees involving significant chemistry content.
•    Good at following procedures & working safely.
•    Strong PC skills, an eye for detail & an effective team worker.
•    Has ideas & the energy & 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.


R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement – 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:
•    Competitive Salary (depending on experience)
•    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 including Gymflex, retail card, dental cover and more!


R&D Chemistry Industrial Placement – 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.


* Please visit the FAQ section of our website for equivalencies in your country.
** Restrictions apply


The closing date for this role is COP 25 October 2023 with first stage telephone interviews to be held early November.




At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

To Apply, Please Visit: R&D Industrial Placement (akzonobel.com)