Associate Scientist, Heterogeneous Catalysis











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  • Execution of challenging projects in R&D to serve internal and external customers.
  • Generation of innovation projects focused on development of new catalytic materials, processes, and technologies.
  • Potentially several months of training at our research facilities in Germany to gain insight into BASF's R&D capabilities and to start establishing a professional network.
  • Specialize in heterogeneous catalysis, catalyst evaluation with state-of-the art test units, lab scale catalyst synthesis and catalyst scale-up.

Main Tasks:

  • Lead execution of complex projects in collaboration with diverse internal and external customers.
  • Establish and strengthen internal and external customer relationships.
  • Initiate innovative heterogeneous catalysis and process development projects.
  • Optimization of existing heterogeneous catalysts for industrial processes.
  • Lead a lab team to execute required experiments in your field of expertise.
  • Build strong collaborations with relevant universities and research institutes in the region.
  • Support exchange of know-how and experience in the international heterogeneous catalysis community of BASF.


  • Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical engineering with above average grades.
  • In-depth knowledge and expertise in technical chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Hands-on experience in solid catalyst preparation, characterization, and testing.
  • Industry working experience and international exposure are considered as pluses.
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent in English.
  • Strong team player and leadership skills; willingness to take responsibility.
  • Demonstrate a high level of creativity and personal initiative.

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