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Chemist, Cosmetic Effect Pigments Product Development (Tarrytown, NY)

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We have an opportunity for a Chemist. In 2016, BASF formed a global business unit to combine all of its pigments activities. With sales of about €1 billion in 2016 and 2,500 employees globally, BASF Colors & Effects holds a leading position in the pigments market, offering the broadest portfolio of products and technology. This new global business unit fully concentrates on the pigments business and is even more focused on supporting the needs of our pigments customers. Creating an organization fully dedicated to pigments has allowed BASF Colors & Effects to adapt better to the challenges in the pigments industry.

Our customers will benefit from tailored services and higher responsiveness. BASF’s pigments business serves a variety of industries including paints & coatings, printing & packaging and plastics. We are building the best team in the industry to support the need of our customers in our chosen markets.

The Americas region of BASF Colors & Effects is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. This region contains four pigment production sites:

  • North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Peekskill, New York
  • Newport, Delaware
  • Hartwell, Georgia

Chemist (1701360)

You will report into the Global BASF Colors & Effects Development team, located at Tarrytown, NY. The chemist is responsible for the continued assessment of effect pigment products in the innovation pipeline and competitive effect pigments and their use in cosmetic formulations. You will work with various other teams, such as R&D, technical service, manufacturing, and will interact with cross functional global marketing and technical sales.

Formula for Success: You Will…

  • For new effect pigments in the Innovation pipeline, evaluate and determine value proposition. Communicate findings to research, development, PDL, and marketing functions.
  • Evaluate coloristic properties and application benefits of new pigments versus existing cosmetics effect pigments portfolio and relevant competitive products
  • Perform laboratory experiments relating to color cosmetic pigments and applications, including stability and compatibility analysis, bulk pigment evaluation, and solvent drawdown preparation.
  • Formulation work on all types of cosmetic products, with emphasis in color cosmetics.
  • Develop features and benefits package for new effect pigments prior to launch
  • Develop a strong understanding of effect pigments and color evaluation techniques
  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding of general chemistry concerning cosmetic raw ingredients.
  • The Chemist will need to be highly organized, capable of clearly documenting work in a laboratory notebook, through technical reports and comfortable with communication across multi-functional teams.
  • Plans, designs and executes project work with clear interpretation of results and path forward.
  • Develop new and optimize existing lab and instrumental procedures for the evaluation and/or analysis of effect pigments.
  • Assess patentability of new effect pigments in various cosmetic formulations.
  • Use of analytical and experimental data to analyze cause/effect relationships between various components of cosmetic and personal care materials.
  • Organize results into reports or presentations that are presented within internal meetings.
  • Maintain the cosmetics application laboratory
  • Maintain a safe work environment by following BASF EHS policies.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.


Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • BS/BA degree in Chemistry, Engineering or Biology is required
  • 2 years of relevant laboratory or manufacturing experience required
  • Colorants and/or cosmetics experience preferred
  • Previous technical or laboratory experience is preferred
  • Critical thinking and data analysis is important for position
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to manage and deliver on several project deadlines concurrently while being a team player with a positive attitude.