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Internship (Research & Innovation): Plant Protein Intern

  • Posted: 13 Oct 2021
  • Research & Innovation
  • Utrecht
  • Netherlands

About the job

Are you interested in working in a professional research setting and are passionate about Research and Innovation? Do you want to have an impact on the products of a renowned multinational company, like Danone? Then apply now and become our new Intern at the Research and Innovation Center in Utrecht, starting from mid-January 2022 to March 2022.

As our new Plant Protein Intern you will work within the Protein and Plant-based team for the Specialized Nutrition division of Danone. This team focusses on exploring the technical feasibility of implementing innovative ingredients, concepts, or scientific evidence into new or existing products or technologies, based on consumer insights. 

So, what will be your main key responsibilities?

  • To assess plant proteins for their application in nutritional beverages and develop product prototypes:
    • Investigate plant proteins from different sources and their behavior in product model systems
    • Understand ingredient interactions and the effect of process conditions
    • Develop & evaluate product prototypes in both lab & pilot plant scale
    • Identify the technical challenges of using plant proteins in nutritional beverages.
    • Provide formulation and processing guidelines for the development of plant protein based nutritional beverages.

 

  • To interact and communicate with different departments within Danone Nutricia Research (e.g. product development, process, user experience, quality);
  • To interpret findings and to effectively communicate them to relevant stakeholders;
  • Hands-on support to the team when needed

 

About you

You are a Masters student in Food Science technology, Food Process, Biotechnology or in a relevant discipline with a strong interest in protein functionality of plant sources. You are very motivated to provide concrete solutions to business challenges. Able to work autonomously in a complex and fast-paced work environment, act proactively, and effectively communicate with different stakeholders (technical and non-technical). You are a results-oriented person, thriving in an environment where you can solve problems and be continuously challenged. Furthermore, you have strong analytical skills, creative thinking and a ‘can do’ mindset. Experience in working with protein ingredients, processing technology and practical laboratory experience are considered as a plus.

Next to this, there are a few eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled as a Masters student during the whole internship period (if you are a non-EU citizen, you need to be enrolled at a Dutch university);
  • You can start as of mid-January 2022 for a minimum of 5 months, 4-5 days a week;
  • You are fluent in English – written and spoken; 
  • You are able to work in Utrecht, the Netherlands if the current COVID-19 situation allows us to go back to the office.
  • Please note that you are required to relocate to the Netherlands (if abroad) for this internship and get a BSN.

 

About us

Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. Within our state of the art R&D centre based in Utrecht you will have the chance to work on products that provide clinically proven health benefits to vulnerable consumers – infants, toddlers, expecting mothers, the elderly and patients. Be innovative and entrepreneurial and the impact you could make might just amaze you. Join our movement for a healthier world. One Planet One Health BY YOU.

We are proud to be an equal employer. We are convinced our differences make the difference and that an inclusive working environment will drive our growth as a business, as teams and as individuals. We will therefore consider all applicants for employment* fostering an inclusive working culture that is accessible for all.

B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards in terms of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. In line with Danone’s 2030 goals, we aim for all of Danone Benelux to be certified by 2025.

We Offer

Proactivity, empowerment, and diversity are the basis of Danone culture. You will be part of an international environment where every day can be a fresh adventure, full of new possibilities and opportunities to learn.

By joining this team you collaborate with partners, for example in academia, suppliers and healthcare professionals to identify new nutritional intervention opportunities and develop innovative product forms. You will develop your communication skills and increase your network while aiding the development of products that increase the quality of life of many vulnerable groups of people and give purpose to what you do.

We offer a gross monthly internship allowance** of 450 (HBO students) or 550 (University students) euros per month and a home working allowance travel if required. Please do keep in mind that we do not offer relocation and/or accommodation benefits for students coming from abroad.

What’s next?

Hit the “apply now” button. You have until the closing date 27th of October to apply. The recruitment process for internships is as follows: Stage One – submit your application with your CV and Cover Letter; Stage Two – we will get to know you better through answering some questions which you will submit through video (or a written) format; Stage Three – we will invite you to an interview with your team. Please note that sometimes there are slight changes to this process.

To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, we strongly recommend applying directly via our careers website.

Need more information? Please contact me Ruben Martin, Talent Recruitment Intern at ruben.martin@danone.com.

* all applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status

** Please be aware that you must acquire a BSN number to receive the full internship allowance.

 

Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • (Video)Assessment

  • Interview #1

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