Internship Personal Care Cellulose

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Location: Cosun Innovation Center - Dinteloord
Are you a 3rd year university of applied sciences (HBO) or 4th year MBO student Chemistry/  chemical engineering? And are you looking for a challenging internship starting beginning of 2021 for a duration of 20 weeks? Cosun R&D offers you an interesting assignment!
Cosun is a modern, forward looking cooperative, born and bred in the Netherlands but active across the globe. We work with thousands of growers, both members of our cooperative and suppliers.We recognize the enormous potential of plants and know how to turn them into practical solutions to everyday problems. We produce not only plant based ingredients and foodstuffs for people and animals, but also green, biobased applications and energy.

What are you going to do?
The market of personal care products is moving towards greener and more sustainable products. New innovative biobased ingredients are the future for new product development. Functionality of these biobased raw materials is key and is influenced by different factors (eg. process conditions/ chemical physical interactions). During your internship, you will investigate the use/stability of biobased cellulosic ingredients in personal care products in relation to different (lab) processing methods/conditions. Goal of this thesis is to develop personal care products, optimize their processing and to meet optimal formulation performance based on innovative biobased ingredients. First part of the program will focus on (lab) execution of a experimental design to assess the compatibility of different cellulose derivatives within personal care (cosmetics) formulation ingredients/ process conditions. Second part of the program is focusing on the translation of these result into an optimized (lab) processing method/ formula composition recommendation for use in personal care applications
The ultimate goal of your thesis, is to benchmark the Cosun Biobased Experts ingredients against other market standards to create a value proposition that triggers new potential clients.
Who are you?
You are a 3rd year university of applied sciences (HBO) or 4th year MBO student, with affinity for and proven experience with lab scale application/ product development. You are studying chemical engineering or related , or similar. You are available for an internship, for the duration of 20  weeks.
Furthermore we ask:
  • A pro-active, independent attitude and drive;
  • Flexible, creative problem solver with eye for details
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and/or Dutch
  • Knowledge of- and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint)
Where are you going to work?
Cosun R&D is the knowledge and expertise center of Cosun, situated in the Cosun Innovation Center in Dinteloord. Cosun R&D provides services to the Cosun business groups and their customers by sharing its know-how and experience in a wide ranges of (R&D) competences. With this knowledge, our colleagues at Cosun R&D help coordinate and initiate research and development Cosun wide. Additionally, Cosun R&D works together with the business groups to develop new and innovative applications of biomass. Our Cosun Innovation Center facilitates in experimental set ups for process analyses, research laboratories, a pilot plant and our very own bakery, for testing new concepts. You can count on a challenging assignment and personal attention and guidance.
How to apply
Are you interested in this challenging assignment? Please apply directly through the job description on www.werkenbijcosun.nl to submit your CV and motivation letter. Richard Bakx (Cosun HR) will take your application into consideration. For more information about this position, please contact Wiebe Breeuwer, Technical Sales Specialist, +31625190436