Associate Scientist, Advanced Materials Research and Product Development (polyurethane or

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Job Field: Research & Development
Location: Shanghai, CN, 200000
Company: BASF Asia Pacific
Job Type: Graduate
Job ID: EN_CN_27086

We are the leading chemical company, with the best teams developing intelligent solutions for our customers and for a sustainable future. Our success as a company relies on the engagement of our employees. We encourage our employees to develop their strengths, and we recognize their achievements. For you, this means a wide variety of job roles, and exciting opportunities for learning and career development.

For BASF, diversity is one of the essential keys to business success and the well-being of our employees. We promote an inclusive culture that accepts the diversity of people, experiences and capabilities. By embracing talents and abilities of all kinds, we aim to boost creativity and motivation, and enhance our teams’ performance.

Join the team and connect with more than 110,000 other minds.


BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885. With investments in Nanjing, Shanghai and Chongqing, as well as numerous sites around the country, BASF is a major investor in China’s chemical industry, and runs the BASF Innovation Campus Shanghai as a global research and development hub. BASF posted sales of over €7.3 billion in 2017 to customers in Greater China, and employed 8,982 people as of the end of the year. The Associate Scientist, Advanced Materials Research, will be given responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment with on-the-job training as part of a committed team. The Associate Scientist will join the international R&D team in Shanghai and contribute to BASF’s expertise and innovation power in Asia-Pacific after starting his/her career in a one to two-year assignment as a lab leader at BASF in Germany.

Main Tasks:

  • Manage, supervise and steer R&D projects in the field of polyurethane or engineering plastic technology while leading a laboratory team.
  • Bring to market new products and contribute to the overall business success in close collaboration with our international teams from R&D, marketing, sales and production.
  • Develop technical solutions using existing and new technologies as well as other innovation methods.
  • Alongside documenting and presenting results, monitor and evaluate scientific trends to ensure competitiveness.
  • Implement and ensure compliance with BASF standards for all lab team activities.

  • Ph.D. in chemistry with a primary focus on at least one of the following: polymer chemistry, material science, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer process engineering or chemical engineering.
  • At least one year international research experience.
  • Well acquainted with standard IT applications and excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.
  • A proactive team player, who shows initiative and creativity. A self-starter with an outgoing personality who can seize opportunities and move projects forward.

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