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Associate Scientist, Advanced Materials Research (polyurethane or engineering plastic technology)


Job Field: Research & Development
Location: Shanghai, CN, 200000
Company: BASF Asia Pacific
Job Type: Graduate
Job ID: EN_CN_23352

We are the world's leading chemical company because we offer intelligent solutions for our customers and for a sustainable future. We have over 110,000 employees connecting around the world. For you, this means an almost unlimited range of job opportunities, career development and lots of potential to continue learning . At BASF we believe strongly in the power of connected minds.


BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885. With major investments in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing, BASF is the largest foreign investor in China’s chemical industry, and maintains the BASF Asia Pacific Innovation Campus (Shanghai) as a global and regional research and development hub. BASF posted sales of €5.9 billion in 2016 to customers in Greater China, and employed 8,805 people as of the end of that year. For further information, please visit 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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