Material R&D Scientist Heat & Fire Resistance


Tisselt, BE

An introduction to Etex

At Etex, our purpose is to inspire new ways of living. By joining Etex, you won’t just be joining an international leader, you will inspire people around the world to build living spaces that are ever safer, more sustainable, smarter and beautiful. You’ll be joining a company who wants to inspire change.

We are committed to making a positive human impact on the world. In return, we’ll reward you by investing in your development and your personal well-being. Whilst our core values help us develop those effective and sustainable lightweight solutions we’re known for, it’s our people that matter most!

Our diverse and inclusive workforce always strives for excellence. We have over 100 years of experience manufacturing high-performance building solutions. Etex is a company that is committed to success - and when you join us, we’ll be committed to you.


About the role

The Etex Group is the leading global market leader in developing, manufacturing and selling integrated high-quality construction products and solutions. Etex is active in 42 countries and counts more than 13000 employees worldwide. 

You will be employed with Etex ITC (Innovation & Technology Centre) , the R&D center of Etex ( .  ITC provides technical support to the production units of the Etex Group and is responsible for the research to develop new products, to improve or adapt existing products and technologies for material development with regards to passive fire protection and high temperature insulation.  As such you will be responsible for a portfolio of products and you will offer technical support to internal and external customers.

Your key roles and responsibilities: 
1. Product Development : Etex solutions need to deliver the highest standards of building performances.  Research is needed to develop new products in the field of passive fire protection as well as to improve or adapt the existing products & technologies.  The objective is to increase competitiveness, to improve performance and lower CO2 footprint. This consists of the following:
    a. Patent and literature review
    b. Problem statement, scope definition
    c. Development of project plan
    d. Writing of status and end report
    e. Test products on small lab scale and extrapolate the formulation to specifically product-oriented processes
    f. Elaborate fire test programs and heat resistance tests, follow up and analyze the test results
    g. Search for new raw materials to improve the performance of the products or reduce production costs
    h. Collaboration within peer experts, business, operations, universities, external companies, supplier of raw materials
    i. Training of the technology and product performances to stakeholders, attend conferences
    j. Support in writing grant applications and patents.

2. Project Management:
    a. Maintain the project database of your projects
    b. Follow the steps of project management as implemented by Etex
    c. Stakeholder interest identification, risk analysis
    d. Definition of scope with project sponsor/owner, preparation of go-no go decision meetings
    e. Draw up and management of project development plan
    f. Coordinate and delegate tasks to other members of the project
    g. Report in a clear way on the progress, deliverables to relevant stakeholders
    h. Report on time problems that could not be solved directly but endanger the achievement of project deliverables on time, provide a     mitigation plan.

3. Technical Assistance : provide technical assistance to QC, production sites and business units with respect to material technology and performance within the scope of responsible product portfolio.

4. Safety & Environment : contributing in a positive way to the realization of the outlined prevention and environment policy.

About you

• You have a PhD in applied science, material science, mineral chemistry science.
• You have about 5 years experience in a similar role in an R&D environment.
• You speak and write English fluently, Dutch is a considered as a plus.
• You are reliable, flexible and a good listener.
• You are persistent, result oriented and are a creative thinker who can plan and organise.
• Your written communication skills are excellent as you need to bring very complex reports in a correct, clear and adapted style to different target groups

Benefits of working at Etex

We offer you a fulltime employment in a dynamic, international organization. 


We can offer you a complete salary package, consisting of a company car with fuel card, hospitalization and group insurance, meal vouchers etc.
You can further develop your skills, enjoying a wide range of training possibilities
You will be part of a highly motivated team
You will work in a diverse and international environment

Our Social Responsibilities  

Etex has a clear commitment to help build a better, sustainable future. We work towards this vision by caring about our social and environmental impacts and working on innovative solutions for the building industry. 

Our ambition is to reduce negative effects and scale up positive impacts. We prioritise decarbonisation, including the use of renewable energy, as well as circularity, with a first focus on waste management.

We engage in a wide range of voluntary initiatives which offer support to local communities through partnerships and social projects. Our teammates know their local communities best, we are proud of the numerous projects and actions initiated around the world that are based on the awareness of their communities’ needs.


Commitment to diversity 

We’re incredibly proud of the community we’ve created at Etex. We form a global team of over 13,500 individuals from an enormous variety of backgrounds, races, faiths, and genders. Our diversity is our strength, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our teammates feel included and happy at work. 

If you require any additional support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can make arrangements for you.

Good luck with your application 

As you have seen, our Teammates mean the world to us, they enable us to Inspire Ways of Living. If this role appeals to you, click apply now and discover how a career at Etex will help you learn, grow and lead. We look forward to hearing from you.