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Wageningen, Gelderland, NL

Category:  Research Jobs

Polymer Materials Specialist

Why are we proud of what we do at allnex? We create coatings, products which help protect the world for all nex>t generations – and that’s exactly what you can do joining us!

Imagine how fast your smartphone would become scratched-up, ugly and unusable without a coating. Or an e-bike, the cabin of a train, a beautiful wooden floor, and countless other things in life.


Making objects and their surfaces more attractive and longer-lasting means making them more sustainable, and that’s a huge part of what working at allnex is about. No matter which role you step into, you’ll become part of a global team of passionate people who care deeply about the chemistry, quality, and global impact of coatings.

You’ll also join a highly multicultural and diverse team of more than 4,000 employees in four regions who – as part of one of the world’s leading coating resins companies – serve customers in over 100 countries across the globe.


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Position overview

Are you a talented professional with a keen interest in pursuing a career in R&D? And are you looking for a challenging position in an international company where you can make a difference? 

Join us as a Polymer Materials Specialist where you will be exploring new technology concepts aimed at introducing next generation products and maximizing performance and sustainability impact of our products.


  • Work on novel innovative products, their preparation, characterization and the relation with their application performance. 
  • Be responsible for initiating, contributing to and leading new strategic projects aimed at longer-term innovations concepts in technology for paints and coatings and adjacent applications with a strong focus on sustainability. 
  • Play a broad active role in interacting with the allnex R&D community to help find solutions for challenging technical problems. 
  • Provide an interface with the academic world on one side (scouting, cooperation) and with allnex customers on the other side.
  • Actively participate in promoting allnex technology at conferences, and to contribute to its protection through patent applications. 

Required skills and experience

  • Practical experience in polymer or colloid chemistry with characterizing and understanding material behavior (or with affinity for and practical experience with preparation of such materials). 
  • Preferably combining polymer materials science expertise with knowledge of colloid, physical and analytical chemistry, and a strong motivation to build fundamental understanding of structure-property-performance relations. Relevant experience in rheology is an advantage.
  • Actively interested in new developments in academic and industrial materials science.
  • Creative and practical, result-oriented personality, able to scout independently for new technology leads and to apply them within the limits imposed by industrial markets.
  • Able to effectively use internal and external knowledge networks.
  • Multi-tasking, being able to flexibly work on multiple parallel projects, pro-active, drive for improvement.
  • Very good communication skills, fluent in English.
  • Software programming skills are a plus.
  • Academic level education, preferably PhD or equivalent, in polymer or colloid chemistry, polymer physics or material science.

We offer

We are proud to offer an international working experience with a tight-knit network of employees, making it easy to connect and learn from people all across our different functions. On top of that we are a truly innovative company with a strong team spirit, openness to new ideas, and great opportunities to grow and develop your career.

Equal Employment Opportunity
allnex is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an environment where all colleagues contribute for the benefit of our employees, our products, and our communities.

Find out how you can make an impact!
Check out our careers page for available opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you.


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