Appvion Operations, Inc.

  • Co-op - Research & Development

    Location US-WI-Appleton
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    Appvion is currently seeking out motivated students to join their Research and Development (R&D) Co-op program. This is a paid co-op position that is being offered to students in the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Paper Science or other related science and engineering programs. Typical hours range from 40 to 50 hours per week, with overtime pay beyond 40 hours. R&D co-ops will work on specific projects in conjunction with the scientists leading the project; at times working collaboratively and at times independently.


    Appvion takes pride in helping co-ops build a strong resume.  We try to match the co-op student's interest with the projects that are available.  We provide projects with a high level of responsibility and have an impact on our bottom line.  Each co-op is assigned a mentor to help guide the student through the process of learning and contributing. Mentors will conduct regular 1-on-1 reviews to promote open communication and to provide constructive feedback.   Exceptional co-op students have the potential for full time employment with Appvion upon graduation.   Our culture encourages having fun at work!


    Just a few of the typical duties include:

    • Testing products
    • Designing, planning and conducting lab experiments
    • Assisting scientists and/or engineers on pilot or production equipment during experimental trials
    • Writing summary reports of activities and findings.
    • A few of the current projects include:
      • New product developments
      • Product line extensions
      • Technology developments
      • And various cost and quality improvement efforts

     Research and Development plays a vital role in our position as a leader in our chosen markets. Ongoing investment in Research and Development has enabled us to develop core competencies in the encapsulation process, specialty coating chemistry, coating application systems, and security technologies. Appvion’s Research and Development organization consists of two general areas: Development and Implementation. These teams work together on new product development, cost reduction, product line extensions, and exploration/development of new technologies.


    Other supporting competencies include:

    • Technical/functional expertise
    • Drive for results
    • Effective communication
    • Analyze issues
    • Demonstrate adaptability
    • Foster collaboration
    • Manage execution
    • Use sound judgment

    Required Prior Accomplishments - Experience - Skills

    Education could include individuals earning their B.S., M.S., or Ph. D. with at least a 2.5 GPA in any of the following:

    • Chemistry (Polymer Chemist, Biochemist, Organic Chemist, Inorganic Chemist, Surface and Colloid Chemist)
    • Paper Science or Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Material Science
    • Bio-engineering

    Co-ops will be hired for either the January – August 2019 program or the June – December 2019 program.


    Interested students should apply online no later than October 9, 2018 at:


    Qualified candidates will be contacted for phone interviews in late September or early October.


    For additional information and/or questions, please contact:

    • Melanie Johnson, HR Representative, Website for further company information – 

    All offers of employment are contingent on a pre-employment physical and drug screen. EOE M/F/D/V. Applicants must be presently authorized to work in the U.S. on a regular, full-time basis.


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