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Research Scientist

Do you have an ambition to develop products and play a key role in a growing organisation? Are you eager to learn about the technology behind the BRB products (in the lubricant additive industry) and their application, while providing innovative solutions to technical challenges? Are you result-driven and highly organized? Then we are looking for you, join our team!

department R&D
location Ittervoort
education Master
hours per week 40 uur per week
Research Scientist

Wat ga je doen

As our Research Scientist, you are responsible for carrying out and managing research projects within R&D. The work is diverse and you will be handling a variety of projects simultaneously. You will work for our LAC Business Unit which is in the lubricant additive industry.

Your work will include the research and development of new products while proposing solutions to technical challenges. Meanwhile you interpret project requirements and determine the experimental approach. Furthermore you carry out a wide range of physical, chemical, and performance tests in house and through our extensive network of testing partners. You collect, analyze, report and derive insight from these results.

You also keep track of costs, safety and regulatory aspects and you assist the technical implementation of new products into manufacturing. You identify opportunities in terms of efficiency, method development, products and technology thereby promoting continuous improvement and innovation. You support research funding applications. And finally, you will also support the R&D manager in a variety of areas. Think of supervision of various projects and liaising with the internal customer.

You will be doing hands-on research in the lab (60-70 %) and you handle your tasks in an effective and timely manner, prioritizing and meeting deadlines.

The team

The team you will join is based at our European R&D Centre, located in Ittervoort in the Netherlands. The team is fairly small and consists of seven colleagues. It is a multicultural team and the working language is English. In this position you report directly to the line manager. Because the team is relatively small, we are looking for a responsible team player who is highly organised, results-driven and eager to learn.

Wat wij jou bieden

We offer you the chance to learn about BRB products and their application through extensive training and mentorship. You will have a lot of freedom in your role, become responsible for your own projects and you will work in a nice team with a good working atmosphere.

The acquisition by PETRONAS offers you the best of both worlds. The advantages of a large corporate organization, but the freedom to get started with your own ideas in an entrepreneurial environment. Besides the activities, we nurture your ambition.

We also offer:

  • a good salary matching your knowledge and skills 
  • a position for at least 32 hours per week 
  • payment of a possible bonus of a maximum of 2 monthly salaries 
  • 8% holiday allowance, 29 free days a year and 2 more if you haven't been sick all year around 
  • the possibilty to buy a maximum of 5 extra holidays a year 
  • reimbursement of your daily travel costs, 21 cents per km with a maximum of 50 km for a single journey 
  • pension scheme with only 4% personal contribution 
  • company laptop 
  • free fruit at our offices 
  • staff events with a little bit extra. Consider, for example, an annual company party, regular drinks and BRB treats regularly to celebrate the birthdays of their employees
  • growth opportunities within PETRONAS

No relocation package is available for this position!


Wat je meebrengt

We are looking for a new colleague with the right drive and a high degree of enthusiasm. Someone who wants to learn and develop themselves while actively contributing to the growth of BRB.

 You have proven analytical skills and can propose creative solutions to overcome setbacks. You have an eye for detail, follow procedures and work safely and accurately. Working effectively and adapt under changing circumstances suits you well. You demonstrate good time management and focus on results without compromising quality. Last but not least, you enjoy working in the lab, being part of a small team and, contribute constructively to discussions.

What else do you bring:

  • 3+ years of experience in product development 
  • Master or PhD degree in the field of chemistry, tribology, material sciences or chemical engineering 
  • Hands-on experience with synthesis, performance testing, physical and chemical analysis in a lab environment 
  • Preferable you have knowledge of organic chemistry 
  • Prior experience in project management with complex variables is beneficial 
  • Ability to handle a variety of projects is beneficial
  • Proficiency in English, both written and oral is essential, knowledge of the Dutch language is beneficial

Meer over onze organisatie

BRB International BV is a worldwide producer of chemicals, silicones and additives. By providing great flexibility and short delivery times, we differentiate ourselves from larger competitors. We also focus on R&D, global supply and our unique customizable products. From our facilities in Ittervoort, products are sold worldwide. Besides that, the organization has facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Canada, Dubai, Germany, Poland, USA and Korea. Our customers are in a diverse range of industries, including automotive, oil / petrochemical, personal care and construction.

During the past 40 years, BRB International has grown from a small business to an international operating organization with over 400 employees and 16 locations worldwide. The involvement of our employees is great. They rate us with an 8.1 and we are proud of that. Do you want to know more about us? Then visit our website.

Enthousiast geworden?

Are you attracted to this challenging research and development position and do you fit the profile? Then we would like to meet you! Apply for the position of Research Scientist by clicking on the apply button. Do you have any questions or would you like to know more? Please feel free to contact Linda de Noronha, Recruiter.

Since we expect to be able to fill this vacancy ourselves, we only accept candidates who apply directly to us.

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