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R&D Internship

Job Type:


40 hours/week

Field of interest:

Terneuzen, Netherlands


Dutch & English


Role Description

The recycling of packaging films would be facilitated if they would be made of pure PE. Those films are complex products made of several layers and polymeric materials to match the stringent application requirements such as mechanical strength, barrier properties… Among them, blown films are produced by a high productive blown stretch process. Resin properties, film structure and the conditions of making the films determine their mechanical behavior upon stretching. There is currently no fundamental method to predict accurately the mechanical performance of those films straight from knowing their resing design and fabrication conditions. However, Dow has developed a set of Physics models that combined to the latest Machine Learning techniques may produce accurate predictive capability that will help Dow formulators in designing the next generation of sustainable packaging.

The student will first review the Machine Learning methods suited for this Physics-informed approach, adapt where needed Dow’s Physics based models, build a training and validation dataset from Dow’s historical data and implement the method(s) using a high level language (Julia, Python, Matlab). The outcome would be a tool which predict film tensile behavior from resin properties and fabrication conditions. Programming, Mathematical and basic statistical skills are required.

What We Expect

  • You are currently studying for a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Materials Science, Physics, Computing or Mathematics
  • You have strong interest in learning advanced machine learning algorithms
  • You can work independently but you are also a good team player collaborating with people from different functions, geographies and backgrounds.
  • You take initiative and are proactive regarding learning new skills
  • You have good communication and written skills (especially in English) proactively sharing what you are doing and what assistance you need to progress on your project
  • You are curious and passionate about innovation with a strong drive for results and feel a strong sense of achievement by providing real solutions


You can start between August – September for a period of 4 to 6 months (exact timing to be discussed)


Dow’s internships offer you the opportunity to:

o  Work in a R&D facility where new technologies are evaluated from concept to pilot scale.

o  Experience a dynamic work environment and work with engineers, scientists, technicians and/or operators.

o  You will gain hands-on experience and give a real contribution to an important improvement project.

o  Explore Career Opportunities – by working in the field you have chosen, you can receive an inside look at your potential career path.

o  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.

o 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.

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


About Dow

As part of our commitment to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is working in partnership with PeopleScout to deliver equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day, that enables them to not only deliver more value, but also enjoy a more fulfilling career.

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.