Trainee (m/f/div) Research, Development, Innovation

  • Essen
Veröffentlicht am 18.03.2023
Trainee (m/f/div) Research, Development, Innovation

Evonik, one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, stands for appealing business and innovative strength. We work in a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture that is geared to profitable growth and increasing the value of the company. In more than 100 countries, we benefit from our proximity to customers, and our leading market positions. More than 32,000 employees are bound by a claim: No product is so perfect that it couldn’t be made better.
We don’t produce car tires, mattresses, tablets, or animal feed. However, these end products contain Evonik products – like 4,000 others, too. Often, it’s just a small amount that we contribute but that’s exactly what makes the difference. This is how Evonik makes tires more fuel-efficient, mattresses bouncier, tablets more effective, and animal nutrition healthier. That’s specialty chemicals. And we are one of the best in the world.


  • As a part of the trainee program, you will get broad overview of the Research, Development & Innovation department of Evonik Operations GmbH. Getting to know different innovation areas and functions, working on innovation projects in Germany and abroad and gaining insights into the innovation strategy
  • You will get the chance to expand your technical know-how and broad application in the field of Research, Development & Innovation
  • Assignments at various locations as well as in various business areas and departments are awaiting you to build a network within the Research, Development & Innovation department
  • During your assignment abroad you will be getting to know the different processes, programs and instruments in a national and international context
  • You can be excited to independently takeover projects in operational management, as preparation for a responsible management and/or specialist task in the field of Research, Development & Innovation
  • You will receive mentoring from experienced managers and work together with other trainees in the Group on an interdisciplinary basis


  • You have completed your PhD in chemistry or any comparable natural science with above average success
  • You were able to gain first practical and international experience through at least a three-month internship
  • In addition to fluent German, you bring along fluent English skills
  • You have excellent analytical skills and can develop creative solutions
  • Your strengths include flexibility, open-mindedness, excellent communication, and teamwork skills as well as initiative
  • You have both national and international mobility during and after the program

Want to know what your future colleagues say about Evonik? Take a look at our "Meet the Team" page:

What we offer

You have completed your studies or are about to do so and are looking forward to contributing your acquired knowledge and your creative ideas to our company? During a period of 18 months, you will gain a comprehensive insight into the field of Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) of an international environment at various locations and actively shape the future of Evonik’s Portfolio.

You will be supported by experienced colleagues from the RD&I community. In addition, managers will accompany you as mentors and you will further develop your technical and methodological skills on-the-job and off-the-job in workshops and seminars. You will get the chance to work on a project with focus on social and sustainable topics together with other Evonik trainees. You can intensify your international skills during a three-month stay abroad. The Trainee Program offers you the start of an exciting career in the Evonik Group on October 01, 2023. We are looking forward to your application!

With us, performance-related pay and the promotion of your personal development and professional qualification are not the only things that go without saying. Discover your other benefits with us:

  • Flexible working time models
  • Mobile work
  • Onboarding and mentoring programs
  • Additional insurances
  • Support for maintaining mental fitness
  • Emorts and exercise offers
  • Support with childcare facilities, childcare subsidy, children's holiday program.
  • Support services for care of relatives (e.g., leaves of absence)


Please apply online with complete application documents by April 21, 2023. This will enable us to process your application quickly and protect the environment. For a complete application, please submit not only a cover letter and curriculum vitae, but also employer and degree certificates and, if applicable, current grade overviews from your studies. You can expect a response to your application by April 28, 2023.

Would you like to get more detailed information firsthand? Then take part in our information event on March 30, 2023, from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

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To ensure the fastest process of your application and to protect the environment, please apply online via our careers portal at


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