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Master Trainee in Food Packaging Materials - Biodegradable

Master Trainee in Food Packaging Materials - Biodegradable

Lausanne, CH

Lausanne, CH

Position Snapshot

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland 
Company: Nestlé Research, Nestlé Institute of Health Science    
Act. Rate: Full-Time 
Type of contract: Internship, 6 Months
Start date: 01.06.2021 

Position Summary

By 2025 Nestlé needs to convert all packaging materials into reusable and/or recyclable. For this reason, there is a need to develop and integrate novel sustainable packaging materials and technologies in our current product pipeline. Especially the optimization of new biodegradable polymers might lead to solutions to achieve the above commitments.

One of the issues in replacing plastic with biodegradable polymers is to achieve similar performances in barriers and mechanical properties. For example, it is key for a packaging to have a good sealing strength to maintain the product intact over shelf life. Thus, the scope of the project will be to investigate biodegradable polymers materials that can provide sealing strength similar to the one of polyolefins when applied to sustainable packaging materials.
 
Nestlé Research is based in Lausanne, Switzerland and employs approximately 800 people. It consists of four major research institutes: Health Sciences, Material Sciences, Food Safety & Analytical Sciences and Packaging Sciences. Nestlé Research combines fundamental science at the highest level, high-end analytical platforms leveraged by all research teams, and strong prototyping capabilities to accelerate the translation of science into innovation. Nestlé Research published around 1,000 scientific publications in peer review journals over the last five years, and files about 80 patents every year. Nestlé Research collaborates with approximately 100 universities or research institutes around the world. Learn more about Nestlé Research at www.nestle.com/randd.

As a Master Trainee in the packaging institute, your main activity will be to carry out a systematic investigation on biopolymeric films and measure their properties when used as a sealing layer for both hot and cold sealing.
 

A day in the life of...

•    Screening: For biodegradable polymers and put in place a rapid method to quickly assess mechanical properties when applied to designed supports. Key is to build up a material properties map.
•    Compounding: Blend different biopolymers to modulate above properties for desired applications. 
•    Optimization: Define optimal application methods to maximize physical properties.
•    Biodegradation: Build up product prototypes and run quick disintegration tests to assess potential biodegradation
•    Reporting: Report procedures, results and analyses in a high quality and comprehensive manner

What will make you successful

•    Experience in packaging materials (polymer physics and chemistry)
•    Knowledge in polymeric or packaging materials characterization
•    Experience in lab work and good laboratory practices
•    Familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and tools for bibliographic research
•    Fluent in English Written and spoken, French is a plus

Nestlé will contribute to partial accommodation fees and provide a right Salary to the candidate for 6 months (extendible to 9). In exchange, the candidate must be enrolled in a master student program and provide a final manuscript with the finding of the study including a detailed experimental part.
 

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 187 countries around the world, and its 290,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2,000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites like Ninho. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us on www.nestle.com.  

Position Snapshot

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland 
Company: Nestlé Research, Nestlé Institute of Health Science    
Act. Rate: Full-Time 
Type of contract: Internship, 6 Months
Start date: 01.06.2021 

Position Summary

By 2025 Nestlé needs to convert all packaging materials into reusable and/or recyclable. For this reason, there is a need to develop and integrate novel sustainable packaging materials and technologies in our current product pipeline. Especially the optimization of new biodegradable polymers might lead to solutions to achieve the above commitments.

One of the issues in replacing plastic with biodegradable polymers is to achieve similar performances in barriers and mechanical properties. For example, it is key for a packaging to have a good sealing strength to maintain the product intact over shelf life. Thus, the scope of the project will be to investigate biodegradable polymers materials that can provide sealing strength similar to the one of polyolefins when applied to sustainable packaging materials.
 
Nestlé Research is based in Lausanne, Switzerland and employs approximately 800 people. It consists of four major research institutes: Health Sciences, Material Sciences, Food Safety & Analytical Sciences and Packaging Sciences. Nestlé Research combines fundamental science at the highest level, high-end analytical platforms leveraged by all research teams, and strong prototyping capabilities to accelerate the translation of science into innovation. Nestlé Research published around 1,000 scientific publications in peer review journals over the last five years, and files about 80 patents every year. Nestlé Research collaborates with approximately 100 universities or research institutes around the world. Learn more about Nestlé Research at www.nestle.com/randd.

As a Master Trainee in the packaging institute, your main activity will be to carry out a systematic investigation on biopolymeric films and measure their properties when used as a sealing layer for both hot and cold sealing.
 

A day in the life of...

•    Screening: For biodegradable polymers and put in place a rapid method to quickly assess mechanical properties when applied to designed supports. Key is to build up a material properties map.
•    Compounding: Blend different biopolymers to modulate above properties for desired applications. 
•    Optimization: Define optimal application methods to maximize physical properties.
•    Biodegradation: Build up product prototypes and run quick disintegration tests to assess potential biodegradation
•    Reporting: Report procedures, results and analyses in a high quality and comprehensive manner

What will make you successful

•    Experience in packaging materials (polymer physics and chemistry)
•    Knowledge in polymeric or packaging materials characterization
•    Experience in lab work and good laboratory practices
•    Familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and tools for bibliographic research
•    Fluent in English Written and spoken, French is a plus

Nestlé will contribute to partial accommodation fees and provide a right Salary to the candidate for 6 months (extendible to 9). In exchange, the candidate must be enrolled in a master student program and provide a final manuscript with the finding of the study including a detailed experimental part.
 

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 187 countries around the world, and its 290,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2,000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites like Ninho. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us on www.nestle.com.  

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