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Product Development Scientist, Transportation and Industrial Coatings (Southfield, MI)


Job Field: REDE - Research & Development
Location: Southfield, MI, US
Company: BASF Corporation
Job Type: Standard
Job ID: EN_US_1703908

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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 are seeking a Product Development Scientist for the Transportation & Industrial Coatings to join our Dispersions and Resins team. The Dispersions & Resins business of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality resins, additives, colorants and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiberbondings, nonwovens, and paper manufacturing. We are building the best team to support the growth and needs of our customers. With a comprehensive product portfolio and extensive knowledge of the industries we serve, our customers benefit from innovative and sustainable solutions to help them advance their formulations through chemistry. For further information about the Dispersions & Resins business in North America, please visit

BASF is a technology-driven global company dedicated to making products that make our customers' products better. At the BASF R&D Center located at Southfield, MI, we have an immediate opening for a R&D Scientist for the development of new polymers for Raw Materials for Transportation and Industrial Coatings.

Formula for Success: You will:

  • Develop new products in the field of transportation and industrial coatings. The position is focused on application testing of new materials towards the product development needs of the market place.
  • Manage product development projects efficiently and effectively to achieve target objectives;
  • Work closely with our business partners to analyze the polymer-based market and identify unmet market needs;
  • Stay current with scientific and technical advances in your working field and explore new opportunities in solvent borne and waterborne polymer chemistry and processes;
  • Establish and maintain close working relationships with colleagues across the regions;
  • Direct activities of assigned technician(s) toward achieving project objectives;
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy work environment by being aware of and implementing company wide and site safety policies/procedures.

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.

This position is within a job family and will be filled at a level applicable to the incumbent's qualifications.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Master’s Degree in chemistry, polymer or material science/engineering with minimum 5 years of industrial experience, or a PhD in chemistry, polymer or material science/engineering.
  • Experience of formulations, applications & test methods of polymers used in the transportation and industrial coatings market.
  • Ability to apply both fundamental principles and creativity to the development of new products.
  • A passion for continuously learning and applying new tools for developing new products.
  • Excellent hands-on experimentation and superior problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with an interdisciplinary and international team.
  • Prior experience leading projects.
  • A commitment to environmental, health and safety excellence.
  • PhD in chemistry, polymer or material science/engineering with industrial experience preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Expertise in the field of polymer chemistry, especially the properties of polymers in formulated systems, with a background in water-based emulsions being preferred.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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