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Campus Internship 2019/2020: Research & Development: Formulation of silicone/acrylic-based water repellents for construction application


Do you have a passion to deliver innovative solutions for complex scientific problems?

We are looking for you, an ambitious student (m/f), currently studying for a Master degree , to support our Construction Chemicals business , who is interested in developing new construction chemical solutions to improve construction materials , to be located in Seneffe, Belgium .

Dow is offering great career opportunities in a global and international environment.
The department that will welcome you is Dow Construction Chemicals.

Dow Construction Chemicals is proposing solutions based on different chemistries (Cellulose ethers, acrylics, silicone) to improve construction materials. This can range from cement based, gypsum based or even wood. Dow Construction Chemicals is developing new innovative solutions to improve durability, appearance or ease of manufacturing of construction materials. Dow Construction Chemicals has labs in Germany, Swiss and Belgium, which offer the opportunity to interact and collaborate with colleagues in other countries.

Project description

The goal of the proposed project is to support and drive our expansion of silicone and acrylic additives for the construction materials. In collaboration with the Dow Construction chemical team, formulation work is conducted in the European R&D lab (Seneffe with collaboration with labs located in Germany and Swiss). This project includes formulation work of silicone or acrylic-based water repellents for construction application as well as application testing on different construction materials to confirm the performance of the prototypes.


You are currently studying for a Master's Degree or equivalent in Chemistry of Material Science.

You have a good working knowledge of English. French would be helpful as well, but not mandatory.

You have an interest in product development work (new product, new application), Safety is our top priority. Other desired attributes are critical thinking, troubleshooting and organization. An individual contributor that is also a good team player is required. The candidate should demonstrate a passion for chemistry and applying innovative ideas to real application, real world.

You can start between August-September or January-February (although this is flexible) for a period of > 4 months (exact timing to be discussed).

This offer is not limited to graduation year students, more junior candidates will also be considered, based on talents and competencies.

Dow’s internships offer you the opportunity to:

  • Work on a well-defined topic. You will be responsible to generate lab data, analyze and report them. New set of experiments are discussed with team members to define next steps. We expect you to be self-motivated, gain autonomy during the traineeship and take full ownership of the subject after some adaptation time.
  • Recipient is expected to have master 1 - master 2 level in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • You will gain hands-on experience in formulation based on silicone and testing the formulation to assess performance of protecting construction materials.
  • Explore Career Opportunities - by working in the field you have chosen, you can receive an inside look at your potential career path.
  • Network - meet a variety of people in your chosen profession through your internship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future.
  • Find Mentors - certain individuals can help guide you through your internship and expose you to opportunities to which you can aspire.
  • Application process

    After we have received your application, take into account that it will take a few weeks to go through every letter and CV received. If we want to learn more about your background and skills, we will be in touch with you.

    Regardless of the outcome, you will receive feedback.

    Have we sparked your interest? Let’s continue the conversation! Apply and we’ll be in touch with you.

    As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career.

    Campus Internship 2019/2020: Research & Development: Formulation of silicone/acrylic-based water repellents for construction application

    Dow, Seneffe
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