Natural Sciences

Set new standards in Research and Development.

Chemical innovations assume a key role in virtually all industry sectors: We are continuously working on new products and solutions as well as on innovative technologies and modern production processes for a sustainable future. With solutions tailor-made for our customers we are setting new standards and securing our long-term business success.

As a global company BASF is already looking for the answers to tomorrow's questions today. Chemical innovations assume a key role here as they make a crucial contribution, above and beyond existing solutions, to virtually all industry sectors. We are continuously working on new products and solutions as well as on innovative technologies and modern production processes for a sustainable future. With solutions tailor-made for our customers we are setting new standards and securing our long-term business success.

Our three global research divisions are run from our key regions – Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. Together with the development units in our operating divisions, they form the core of our global Know-How Verbund. We had approximately 10,000 employees involved in research and development worldwide in 2020. Our global network of outstanding universities, research institutes and companies forms an important part of our Know-How Verbund. With our eight academic research alliances, we bundle collaborations with several research groups in a region or on a specific research focus. These are supplemented by collaborations with around 250 universities and research institutions as well as cooperation with numerous companies.


The framework conditions at BASF are excellent.

Great conditions such as a large budget for innovation projects and numerous interdisciplinary, global cooperative partnerships with leading universities and industrial partners opens up fascinating areas of work for you.

Are you ready for one of our central reasearch centers in Europe, Asia Pacific, or North America?

We are looking for Experts in the fields of:

  • Agricultural Sciences - Learn more about agriculture at BASF here 
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics & Bio Informatics
  • Pharmacy - Learn more about  the pharmaceuticals industry at BASF here
  • Physics

Further information about research and development at BASF can be found here. Our job offers can be found here.


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As a natural scientist you have successfully completed your studies with a PhD and have already acquired several years of professional experience in the chemicals industry or in one of our customer industries.

You are open to everything that's new and enjoy scientific and technical questions which you approach with purpose and solve creatively with your own ideas. You have proven experience in project management and you enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment. You also understand exactly how to lead a team to achieve the best results.

You can communicate self-confidently and convincingly in English and you see business travel as an opportunity to further develop your linguistic and intercultural skills.

As a researcher with professional experience you will typically join us an expert in one of our three research centers – with immediate project and/or management responsibility, depending upon your experience:

  • In the Advanced Materials & Systems Research division, we develop new structural materials, dispersions, functional materials as well as organic and inorganic additives for a wide range of customer industries including automotive, construction, packaging, paints, detergents and cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, water and the wind industry.  

  • In the Bioscience Research division, we search for new agricultural solutions like crop protection and help farmers to significantly improve the profitability and quality of their products; finally we want to contribute to find answers to the global demand for more and better food and feed and combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. 

  • In Process Research & Chemical Engineering we develop new technologies and processes, and optimize existing processes to handle energy and raw materials even more efficiently or for energy conversion and storage.

Our operational units with their application technology research are also always looking for new colleagues with professional experience.

Please apply to one of our job postings or send us your speculative application – in all cases we are looking forward to meeting you!

University graduates with several years' professional experience can expect demanding tasks in research and product development with a high level of personal responsibility, for example in analytics, applications engineering and patents. From the outset you will be collaborating scientifically in a specific research project.

Your task is project management with regular commercial evaluation of the research project entrusted to you together with the registration of patents.

An essential part of your work will be intensive collaboration with internal partners from research and development, marketing and production in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. You will also support international research collaborations, depending on the project or you will be running a team.

You will receive on-the-job training in a committed, competent team.

In addition to a scientific career as an expert in research, development opportunities in other areas such as product engineering, applications engineering, marketing, product management and production are also open to you.

You will have the chance to discuss your next career steps regularly with your supervisor.

Many continuing education and training measures such as seminars or on-the-job training will support you in your plans and you will further consolidate your competencies through special programs and continuing education measures. These also include the close exchanges within the ‘Specialist Communities’ inside and outside of BASF.

Great! Then take a look at our job search for suitable positions - in Germany or worldwide! Online applications via our portal simplify and speed up the process. If there is nothing suitable at the moment, you can register in our applicant portal and sign up for our job agent. It is also possible to import your profile data directly from LinkedIn or XING into our portal. We look forward to receive your application!