R&D Intern

R&D Intern



Under the supervision of a senior researcher, the R&D Intern will support product development of new polymeric additives for the paint and coatings industry. This includes development and synthesis of new polymers, analysis, performance evaluation and application of coatings.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Apply basic knowledge of chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer and/or material science to support new product development in the R&D department
  • Use fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures associated with working in a specialty chemical laboratory environment
  • Support the development of polymeric additives for coating application technologies
  • With guidance, set up polymer synthesis to prepare new polymeric additives for evaluation
  • Analyze, interpret and prepare summaries of test data for use by supervisor and other colleagues in product development projects and related processes
  • Support the application of coating technologies
  • Complete quality and performance analysis of newly developed polymers
  • Prepare and maintain experimental summaries for use by supervisor and other colleagues
  • Analyze and interpret test data and prepare summaries for use by supervisor and other colleagues.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area.
  • Ensure laboratory operations are carried out in a manner consistent with the highest standards related to safety, health and the environment. Proactively address and correct all unsafe behaviors and conditions.



  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • Chemistry and/or chemical engineering and/or Polymer and Materials science curriculum
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Hands on laboratory experience preferred
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and make appropriate decisions
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Highly motivated, self-starter individual able to initiate experiments and procedures with minimal supervision
  • Team oriented and able to interface positively and supportively with other members of the laboratory staff
  • Flexible and adaptable, adjusts well to a changing environment
  • Has good attendance and is dependable
  • Willing to learn new concepts, chemistry and chemical analyses related to specialty chemical additives/coating industry

Our Plus

In the ALTANA Group, you will work in a unique culture of innovation where the utmost importance is attached to promoting individual ideas and abilities as well as open, trusting interaction. 

About us

BYK, as part of the ALTANA Group, is a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals. Our innovative BYK additives improve scratch resistance and surface gloss, the mechanical strength or flow behavior of materials, and properties such as UV- and light stability or flame retardancy.

BYK has a global network of subsidiaries and employs a workforce of more than 2,500 people worldwide.


ALTANA AG and its subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.