Functional Minerals Intern

Job location:
Johns Creek, Georgia, USA
Created moment:
January 25, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 07847

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Functional Minerals Intern

Job Summary

Project Scope:


In support of Accolade #4398 - Sound Dampening Coatings


To develop methods to quantifiably assess  the impact of absorption or dampening properties in sound proof coatings that contain functional minerals using a 29mm impedance tube;  to carry out a ladder  study to  identify optimum grade/formulation guidelines; to evaluate  the  impacts of paint film properties, etc. Potentially evaluate pore size and pore size distribution of optimum formulations using BET or mercury porosimetry and explore optimization of pores and pore size distribution. 


The project will require developing a new protocol and analytical methods to assess sound adsorption and or dampening in architectural wall  coatings. 


Potential impact of this work has an estimated commercial value of >$5.0 million

Project Description/ Deliverables:

A clear and concise report & presentation should be produced by the intern describing methodology and their findings. A marketing-styled presentation will be produced from these results.

Project Learning Objectives:

The intern(s) is expected to develop independent observation/thinking, project management skills, analytical skills, paint formulation and mineral application experience in sound proof coatings. 


Our Intern/Co-Op program provides an opportunity to apply the concepts you learned in college classes to real world experience, including:

  • The opportunity and freedom to drive improvements, in an informal and non-hierarchical culture

  • Broad based experience gained through exposure to multiple projects, businesses and organizations

  • The opportunity to communicate, collaborate and influence across boundaries

  • Unique experiences and increasing responsibilities within an exciting business.

We are looking for interns who are:

  • Recent Graduate with BS or MS Chemistry / Mat Sci / Chem Eng. Or an Undergrad entering their final year of either degree program

  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Love to solve problems in a collaborative environment

  • Are legally authorized to work in the U.S. without the need for current or future work authorization or visa sponsorship for employment

  • Will pass a drug screen and background investigation

Position Type

Full time


Intern (Fixed Term)

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To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.