R&D Intern Packaging - Upfield

R&D Intern Packaging

Are you passionate about Food packaging and design? Would you like to work on the packaging of our plant-based products?


Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

Hybrid, 2 days Lab Work & 3 days Desk Work

Start date: March 2023 (5-6 months)


About the position

We are looking for a passionate and determined R&D intern to support the Packaging Development team. Part of the internship is to validate a new sustainable packaging material for an existing packaging format. The validation will also include an assessment to see whether it is possible to lightweight the pack at the same time. Dialog with the packaging material suppliers, marketing, supply chain and the quality assurance department will be part of the assignment. The validation process will include both laboratory and production line testing in the factory, and some travelling is required. You will be doing delivery of tests preparation & execution, measurements, DoE, etc. You will be interfacing with packaging material suppliers. On top of that, you report back on findings (conclusions and recommendations) and present project to key stakeholders.


So what does it take to be successful in this role?

You are currently enrolled as a student in the Netherlands in Industrial Design Haagse Hogeschool/HAS Green Academy in Food Innovation, Packaging, and Design. Basic knowledge on packaging materials and/or engineering is a plus. You are fluent in English and have good communication skills, with analytical behavior/approach.


In return, we offer:

  • Hybrid working environment, both in our fantastic Food Science Centre in Wageningen and at home
  • An opportunity to apply your knowledge in practice while working in a diverse international environment
  • 500€/month

At Upfield we encourage you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete.


What’s next

If this position sounds interesting, please hit the apply button now! If you have additional questions, you can contact me on Vilica.handoko@upfield.com. We understand your resume might not be up to date, apply with what you have or your LinkedIn Profile. Upfield is dedicated to build an inclusive and diverse workplace, we understand that you might not hit all the requirements which are stated in the description, we really encourage you to apply anyways. You might just be the right candidate for this role or other roles.  

We would like to receive your application before February 10th, the selected candidates will have an interview with the hiring manager.


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