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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 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!
Where the Chemistry Happens...
We are seeking an Associate Chemist, Automotive OEM Coatings R&D, to join our Southfield, MI, team.
The incumbent will be responsible for developing new automotive OEM coatings and pigment dispersions used in OEM coatings in the North American automotive market. S/he contributes to the group by performing laboratory work to innovate new technologies and chemistries in the development of next-generation, state-of-the-art OEM coatings, as well as completing technology submissions and approvals from OEMs. The successful candidate must be hands-on, able to work independently and as a member of a team, and able to communicate effectively both internally with various departments (e.g., technical, manufacturing, sales) and externally with customers (e.g., operators, engineers, management). The incumbent must have sound organic/polymer chemistry knowledge and able to apply creative chemistry concepts in coatings materials science.
This position has a direct impact on the quality and perception of BASF technology and its performance to customers. In return for innovating and pushing yourself and your team to be the best every day, you'll have your accomplishments recognized and rewarded, get amazing growth opportunities, and know firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by a global network of brilliant colleagues.
Associate Chemist - Coatings (1703610) – Southfield, MI
Formula for Success: You Will...
Display strong managerial, project management, communication (both verbal and written), and organizational skills.
Design for Six Sigma and experiments.
Provide knowledge of Automotive Industry Quality Standards in combination with understanding of customer specifications.
Implement coating preparation, application, and testing techniques with wet chemistry methods, including polymerization and synthesis.
Understand and apply coating/polymer characterization methods and film performance attributes.
Learn new techniques and chemistry from literature (e.g., scientific papers, journals, patents, and presentations) and perform experiments using this new information.
Absorb patent information while having the freedom to operate and file patent applications as needed.
Uphold the highest standards of job safety and teamwork.
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the... current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.