Our goals - Your path

The role centres around the understanding of cementitious systems from fundamental properties through to applied technological aspects. You will be trained in product development process, relevant testing and analysis and product application aspects. As part of Sika’s sustainability strategy, you will also be part of a team focused on driving the low-emission, high efficiency cement-based systems.

Purpose of the Role

As part of the R&D network, this role is to ensure that the Research & Development Department delivers new products, services and systems on time and fit for purpose across the key Target Markets, in accordance with Sika’s Product Creation Process. You will work independently as well as in collaboration with the team to ensure maximisation of the output value of the whole department.


The Opportunity: 

  • To learn to actively formulate products based on cementitious systems by means of acquiring knowledge in the area of cement chemistry, additives chemistry and technological aspects of the relevant products.
  • To learn about product development process, from inception through to development and scale up to roll out to the market.
  • Spend one year working in a very ambitious, vibrant and busy research and development department of a market/technological leader.
  • Appreciate benefits of data science in the product development process.
  • Be part of a diverse, efficient, ambitious and entrepreneurial team.

The Rewards:

You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, and a sweep of great benefits. We pride ourselves on our total reward package:

  • Competitive salary package
  • Holiday 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • Core Hours Working between 1000-1600

The Support:

You will join an R&D Department focused on Cementitious Systems, based at Technology Centre Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom. The team is part of a global network of Technology Centres, actively collaborating on numerous projects with local, regional and indeed global impact. You will be supported by an experienced line manager and a driven and very friendly team of colleagues with substantial experience in the technology in question. You will be able to benefit from a range of internal learning and development opportunities.

The Skills:

You will also gain specialised knowledge and experience in the area of chemistry a technology of cement and cementitious systems, a skillset that is very timely also in the quest to reduce carbon footprint of the construction industry.

You will be exposed to aspects of data science addressing efficiency in R&D processes.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how R&D functions within an industrial manufacturing organisation. This will be achieved by your exposure to all relevant departments within the organisation that partake in product development.

The Future: 

Post the placement you will be able to embark on an R&D career or join any technical function of a global industrial organisation.

Your expertise - Our strength

  • Ideally pursuing education in the area of ideally Chemistry or Material Science, however, suitable candidates with an Engineering background will also be considered.
  • Any knowledge of cement and concrete chemistry will be advantageous, but not essential
  • Knowledge of safe working practices. Experience of working in a laboratory.
  • Able to deliver projects to meet targets in a timely manner.
  • Problem solving, creativity
  • Strong drive to succeed
  • Working knowledge of MS Office
  • Personable with communication and interpersonal skills

About Sika

Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a globally leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protection in the building sector and automotive industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 103 countries around the world and, in over 400 factories, produces innovative technologies for customers worldwide. In doing so, it plays a crucial role in enabling the transformation of the construction and vehicle industries toward greater environmental compatibility. With more than 33,000 employees, the company generated sales of CHF 11.2 billion in 2023.