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Scientist lll - Polymer Processing - Budd Lake

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 2015. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

Advanced Materials & Systems Research is the BASF global research platform supporting operating units and businesses with discovery & development of new materials & processes required from markets and customers. As part of the global competence center for research in the field of structural materials and systems based on thermoplastics and duromers. Our Scientists create chemistry and processes for innovative materials, composites and systems based on polycondensation and polyaddition chemistry. Our main partner is the business unit PM (Performance Materials) with its industry segments: Transportation, Construction, Consumer and Industry. As a global research unit RAP has research activities established in Asia (Shanghai), North America (Wyandotte, Budd Lake) and Europe (Ludwigshafen, Lemförde).The work conducted by the polymer processing research unit supports both customer-driven growth as well as supports Operational Excellence within BASF units producing thermoplastic and thermoset products.

Scientist II -- Polymer Processing -- Budd Lake (1701331)

The Polymer Processing Expert engages with colleagues and customers to study, develop and implement conditions and operating parameters for the efficient processing of thermoplastic polymers to produce raw materials and subsequent manufactured polymeric end use products.

The successful candidate will interact with internal business partners in support of manufacturing operations. Daily operations will take place in the BASF R&D labs.The candidate is expected to develop close working relationships with various scientists/engineers on the team and with sales, marketing and new market development, technical service, characterization, quality control and manufacturing personnel.

Formula for Success: You Will...

• Proposes, plans and executes challenging and cutting edge R&D projects/topics in the field of polymer processing
• Contributes to product development projects with appropriate process design and processing parameter sets
• Serves as member of the global extrusion competence community
• Actively drives knowledge transfer from other regions (especially LU) to North America
• Establishes an outside reputation as a competent professional in the area of polymer processing
• Identifies new or improved technologies; evaluates and implements them if reasonable
• Specifies, installs, and starts-up new equipment as needed to support new product/process development
• Communicates ideas, results and recommendations by means of lab reports and presentations
• Maintains a professional presence in BASF's research community through active publications, presentations and fostering University relationships

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..

  • PhD in polymer science, material science, chemical engineering or plastics technology (recent PhD Graduates are encouraged to apply) required
  • Experience in extrusion and compounding technology, including up- and down-stream technologies (single-/twin-/multi-screw extruder, kneader, feeding, granulation, etc.), polymer processing technologies (injection molding, sheet extrusion, etc.), polymer material science, extrusion plant layout and design, and scale-up/scale-down of extrusion equipment
  • Strong individual competencies combined with ability to function effectively within a team environment
  • Capability of taking key/lead roles in global project teams while displaying good project management and communications skills
  • A "can do" attitude in identifying, executing, and presenting research projects
  • Project management skills are a plus