Internship Engineering Thermoplastic Product (ETP) Development

The ETP Material Development team within the SABIC Technology & Innovation department, located in Bergen op Zoom is responsible for innovation of new products and maintenance of the existing ETP product portfolio and consists of 21 persons with different educational backgrounds.


SABIC has a broad portfolio of flame retardant materials. The current portfolio differentiates between halogenated and non-halogenated materials, which are compliant to existing industry regulatory norms. Challenging regulatory dynamics in the context of Safer Chemistry (E.g. use of PFAS and Substances of Very High Concern) ask for a redesign of several of our products, for which we are looking for an enthusiastic- and inquisitive intern who can help us in developing a small scale screening protocol for new advanced compliant flame retardant solutions in polycarbonate.  


The initial step is to perform a scientific literature search on small-scale characterization techniques used for screening purposes of flame-retardants. You will be able to connect and learn from SABIC experts. Findings are to be summarized in an intermediate report and presented to a broad international team.
Then, validation of these techniques on the basis of existing flame retardant systems is to be independently executed in SABIC laboratories. The person will have exposure to available analytical- and thermal characterization techniques as well as small scale compounding and molding processes.


Subsequently, evaluation of new candidate flame-retardants, commercially available and/or newly synthesized, will be the final step during the internship period.

Your contribution will allow our customers to make safer products, which will be used in a number of daily life applications!!


Expected start: September 2024. Duration 6-9 months



  • SABIC is looking for a hands on student that communicates well.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, both verbal and in writing. 
  • Preferred backgrounds are material science, polymer chemistry, chemistry and/or organic chemistry at Bachelors education level (HBO).
  • The work will encompass, literature search, material analysis, results reporting and will require the student to consult and work together with SABIC’s experts of the Material development ETP and the Analytical Technology Department.


Interested in this position? 
Please apply online by sending us your CV and motivation letter in English. Due to data privacy reasons we do not handle any applications sent by email. For additional questions you can contact:
Rob Boonman 
+31 (0)164 291649


SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products:  chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals. 
SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy. 
Production in 2022 stood at 61 million metric tons.
The company has more than 31,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 9,948 patents and pending applications, and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.
In Europe, we have over 5,000 professionals running multiple world-scale production sites and 4 technology and innovation centers. We are present in almost every European country. Major locations within our broad network of innovation, production and marketing are: Teesside (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Geleen (the Netherlands), Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands) and Genk (Belgium).


SABIC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such will not discriminate in its employment practices, including recruiting and hiring practices, based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.