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Internship: R&D Biobased Chemistry

Internship: R&D Biobased Chemistry

From our awareness about the importance of a responsible leather industry around the world, Smit & Zoon is continuously searching for sustainable solutions for the entire leather value chain. In the leather industry, R&D plays a crucial role in this search through developing chemistry into products suitable for leather processing. At Smit & Zoon R&D, we believe that we have a social responsibility to offer a good learn & work environment for trainees. Furthermore, we target to have traineeships designed such that these are not only beneficial for the individual trainee, but also for Smit & Zoon. We are currently looking for students with an interest for:

Internship: New chemistry/Analytical tools/sustainability aspects of bio-based chemicals
Starting March 2021

Traineeship location:
The R&D department consists of 15 chemists/chemical engineers, and the trainee is anticipated to be fulfilling the internship as a member of the research team. Dependent on the research subject, the trainee is expected to work either primarily from the R&D laboratory located on the Smit & Zoon production site in Amersfoort, or jointly with the lab at the host institute (HBO/University).

Traineeship assignments:
The R&D department has opportunities for trainees to participate in several of the ongoing projects.
In this Internship your assignment would be tailor-made to assess one or more of the following aspects of bio-based chemicals:

  • Develop a new chemical route for novel bio-based leather chemicals
  • Develop analytical methods to identify and evaluate the performance of new bio-based chemicals
  • Gather in-depth knowledge on sustainability aspects of bio-based leather chemicals from raw material sustainability “Cradle” to biodegradability of the leather (chemicals) “Grave”.

The chemical industry is experiencing big changes while moving into circular economy by for example replacing petro-based ingredients with bio-based alternatives. Since 2016, Smit & Zoon, a Dutch family business with its core business in providing chemical solutions to the leather industry, has made a lot of progress developing new generation bio-based chemicals for leather making supporting the company’s vision of “creating socially and environmentally friendly leather value chain”. Next to technical feasibility, it is important to develop analytical tools and consistent theories and calculation methods to understand and evaluate sustainability aspects of these new bio-based chemicals. The aim of the internship project is to support Smit & Zoon’s bio-based research direction.

Background trainee:

  • HBO/University trainee
  • Chemistry, preferably Organic or Analytical
  • Engaged to build knowledge and experience in the chemical industry
  • Research oriented
  • With an open mindset and a can-do attitude
  • Interested in working in an international operating family-owned company
  • Strong interest in bio-based economy and drive towards sustainability
  • Good communicator

Duration internship:
6 months, starting in March 2021.
Note that: This company location can be reached via public transportation

What does Smit & Zoon offer you:

  • Professional supervision providing valuable feedback on your performance
  • Opportunity to show your technical skills and interests
  • A competitive compensation during the traineeship
  • Smit & Zoon, occasionally and based on excellent performance, offers the opportunity to trainees to extend the traineeship

About Smit & Zoon:
Smit & Zoon is a 7th generation family company (founded in 1821) and focusses on innovation and production of high-end sustainable raw materials for modification of leather. Our quality solutions are used by leather manufacturers worldwide for the automotive, upholstery, and the high-end fashion industry.

Smit & Zoon has grown into a recognized player in de leather industry. Our head office and one production site is situated in Weesp (the Netherlands), whereas the second production site is located in Amersfoort. In total we employ about 400 engaged employees in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, China, India and Mexico. Smit & Zoon is a company with a clear focus and long-term vision. All of our team members are fully dedicated to make the leather value chain sustainable, in line with the vision of Smit towards 2025:

“To create a social and environmental sustainable leather value chain”.

In 2018 Smit & Zoon was awarded the EY Family Business Legacy award for entrepreneurship and adaptive skills in a turbulent and changing industry.

More information:
Do you want to jumpstart your biobased chemical career and contribute to the chemical aspiration of Smit & Zoon as an intern?
For more information about this internship or the Smit & Zoon organization, please contact Robin van Rijssel (Corporate Recruiter): 06-28 36 48 08 orclick here.

Introduction of candidates by Recruitment agencies is neither appreciated nor wanted.

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