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We create chemistry for a sustainable future and we are already looking for the answers to tomorrow's questions today. Chemical innovations play a key role as they make a crucial contribution, above and beyond existing solutions and to virtually all industry sectors.
At BASF, we believe that people are the key to our long-term success and that talent is in everyone. That’s why we empower our employees with the tools, guidance and opportunities they need to advance and succeed in work and life. Giving you the support you need to be your best and fulfill your personal ambitions is what helps us create chemistry. After all, our success is linked to yours. Whatever path you envision, BASF is a great place to build a rewarding, successful career. Come create chemistry with us!
Are the positions advertised online up-to-date?
Yes. All positions advertised on our career pages are current. The job postings are only removed once the positions have been filled.
Where can I find information on the latest job postings?
There are two ways to get information on new positions. You can either create job agents via the BASF talent community. To do so, please register for our talent community and enter your search criteria as keywords and location directly underneath your personal data. You can now select the frequency with which you want to be informed and safe the job agent. In order to cancel the job agent, you can log into the talent community and delete your job agent via checking the mark You can always edit or delete your job agents. Alternatively, you can create job agents in our European online application system. Please log into your candidate profile, select the item “Job Agents” and click on “Add”. After selecting the search criteria, please safe as job agent. You can now type in a name and select the frequency with which you want to be informed and click on “safe”. Now your job agent is active. You can always edit or delete your job agents.
What is your data protection policy regarding the online application system?
All data provided to BASF is handled strictly in accordance with German data protection legislation. All candidate information obtained via our online application system, is treated in the strictest confidence and is used exclusively for staffing, recruiting marketing or talent relationship activities.
Do you prefer candidates who have previously carried out an internship or thesis placement at BASF?
When hiring people, we base our decisions on applicants’ specialist expertise and their personality. We look for an entrepreneurial mindset, a flexible attitude and good social skills. Naturally, an internship or thesis placement offers a great opportunity to make personal contacts at BASF, and to get a look behind the scenes. This can be an advantage when applying for jobs further down the line.
It goes without saying that BASF is a "Fair Company". This means that we offer internships as a means of career orientation during your training course.
What elements are involved in the application process? Will I have to attend an assessment center?
BASF assesses candidates’ applications to decide which of the open positions they are best suited to. The business unit in question then decides whether or not to invite the candidate to an interview day.
The invited candidates then take part in several interviews with representatives of the technical unit and BASF recruitment staff. BASF has found this approach to be extremely worthwhile – as one-on-one interviews offer an excellent opportunity to really get to know the applicant, and we consider personal impressions to be very important. Over the course of the skills-focused interviews, we establish whether the candidate’s specialist knowledge and abilities tally with the requirements of the post. The applicant also has the opportunity to meet future managers and colleagues. As a result of the success we have had with personal interviews, BASF does not include assessment centers in its recruitment process.
How long does the application process take?
Your application will be examined individually and upon a positive assessment will be forwarded to the relevant business/functional unit. We aim to give you feedback to your application within two weeks.
If your application is successful and you also pass the selection process, it can take 2-3 months from your application to your job offer. The length of time is however influenced by a number of factors and also varies depending upon the job for which you have applied. For example, since several people are involved, finding an interview date can sometimes be complicated; or perhaps you have applied especially early – as a result the process can also take longer.
What development opportunities are open to university graduates?
BASF is a company focused on technology. Our executives not only require management skills but also a broader vision for technology advancements and an instinctive understanding of global markets. Irrespective of the position you take when you join our company, or what degree you hold, you can move between different areas of the business, and experience a wide range of roles, before opting to pursue a career as either a specialist or as a manager: Job rotation and job enrichment are an integral part of your development at BASF.
Are graduate bachelors welcome to apply?
BASF has supported the Bologna process from the very start which was designed to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications within Europe. The company has also signed up to the "More Bachelors and Masters Welcome" program. We welcome and endorse the new bachelor and master degree programs. BASF is constantly looking for qualified university graduates with an international and ambitious mindset from all subject fields and with all types of degrees.
Are the same opportunities open to technical university graduates and graduate bachelors?
The opportunities are the same for everyone. Your career progression and development will depend on your personality, your ability and your commitment. Irrespective of the position you take when you join our company, you can move between different areas of the business, and experience a wide range of roles, before opting to concentrate on a career as either a specialist or as a manager. We will provide you with all the training and support you need.
How generous are salaries?
Wages at BASF are in line with industry standards, and depend on the type of role and your personal performance.
What degree subjects do BASF need the most?
BASF welcome graduates from all degree subjects.
When selecting graduate candidates, we base our decision on whether or not you have the right technical skills for the position, and also the right personal skills.
Will my travel costs be reimbursed?
You will receive more information on the BASF travel cost guidelines when you are invited to an interview.
How do I get my travel costs reimbursed?
You will receive more information on the BASF travel cost guidelines when you are invited to an interview.
How do I apply?
You can apply either on our online application system or e-mail or post us your complete application. The right-hand contact box includes all the details you need to apply. Please only apply with one single e-mail address. Candidates applying for a vocational training program or joint work/study program should go to the following link.
During the application process, can I change parts of my application that I have already uploaded?
You can update your application documents at any time using our online application system. You can log in using the login details you have received.
Will my applications be processed at the same time?
All applications are processed irrespective of when they were received.
Can I apply to several locations or for several positions at the same time?
You are welcome to apply to several locations or for different positions.
Can I use data that I have already provided BASF for another application?
Within Europe, you can use any data you have already saved in our online application system for other applications. If you want to apply in another region, you might have to register again. Our global job search will automatically redirect you to the right online application system.
Am I sent a notification once I have sent my application?
As soon as you have applied for a position, you will be immediately sent confirmation that we have received your application. If you apply online, please note that by clicking "Send application", you will effectively complete your application.
Which other documents should I attach to my application?
You can find more information on which documents are required for the application process here.
When generating an online application, can I interrupt the application and log on again later?
You can interrupt your application at any time. Your draft will be saved in your profile. As long as you do not click "Send Application", you can complete your application at a later date provided that the position is still vacant.
Am I sent correspondence by e-mail?
If you have given us your e-mail address, we prefer to send all correspondence by e-mail.
How can I apply for a thesis placement/student research project?
You can find all the information you need on thesis placements/student research projects on our career pages.
You can find current job postings in our global job search and apply via our online application system.
How many months in advance should I apply to a position?
The application deadlines vary for the individual positions. You can apply to a job posting as long as it is still advertised.
How can I find out about the status of my application?
You can see the current status of your application at any time in your online application profile.
Who is my contact partner at BASF for my application?
Several BASF employees are involved in the application process and process your application which means we cannot name one specific contact. Please address your cover letter with "Dear Sir or Madam".
I would like to apply to an international BASF location! Who should I contact?
You can find all of our open positions worldwide via our global job search. If you find an interesting position you will be forwarded to our BASF Talent Community, where you can create job agents to get news and information from BASF. Then, you will be forwarded to the regional online application system.
Can I send one application to be considered for several positions?
For data privacy reasons, we ask for your understanding in that we cannot process one application for several positions.
Can I postpone the date for my selection interview?
If you cannot take part in a selection interview, please contact our application hotline as soon as possible to arrange a new date, if possible.
Do you also accept applications from freelancers?
Unfortunately it is not possible to apply for a job as a freelancer. Should you be interested in a permanent or temporary position with BASF, please feel free to visit our global job search regularly to view the latest job postings. You can also register for the BASF Talent Community to receive specific opportunities per email.
Does BASF also offer temporary and casual jobs?
You can apply for a temporary or casual job on our online application system.
Do you also accept applications for legal internships?
We accept unsolicited applications for a legal internship at any time.
Please indicate in your application where you would like to carry out your internship. Please maintain a general tone in your application as several employees are involved in the entire selection process. You can find more information on our job postings and on the general application process on our career pages.
You can find all of our open positions worldwide via our global job search. If you don't find an interesting position you can send us your unsolicited application.
Can I apply for a doctorate at BASF?
You can find all of our open positions worldwide via our global job search. If you don't find an interesting position you can send us your unsolicited application. Please specify the area you wish to focus on in your cover letter. All information on the application process can be found on our career sites.
Can I take part in a retraining program at BASF?
Unfortunately we do not offer a retraining program at BASF.
Questions on internships
For how long are internships offered at BASF?
An internship usually lasts between two and six months. In Germany can mandatory internships be offered for a maximum duration of six months, depending on study regulations, while voluntary internships can only be offered for a maximum of three months. Gap year internships can be offered for a maximum duration of 6 months.
What is a mandatory internship?
Mandatory internships are internships which are required during studies due to a university regulation.
How do I prove a requirement for a mandatory internship?
Complete the form “certificate for a mandatory internship” provided by BASF and have the university administration to attest that the internship is mandatory. Alternatively, you can also submit the study regulations, which stipulate that you are required to complete a mandatory internship with your application documents.
What is a voluntary internship?
Voluntary internships are any internships which are not required by a university regulation. You may only do one voluntary internship for a maximum of three months per legal entity of BASF. If you have already completed an internship at BASF SE, you are not permitted to do another one at BASF SE. If this is the case, you can for example do a voluntary internship at a BASF Group company instead.
Do I need to be enrolled at a university for the internship?
You need to be enrolled at a university for the whole duration of the internship if you wish to complete an internship at BASF.
What documents do I need to submit with my application for an internship?
We require the following documents from you for an application: résumé, cover letter, valid certificate of enrollment for the duration of the internship, references, certificates, current grade transcript and the completed form “internship questionnaire”. If you wish to complete a mandatory internship, please also complete this form “certificate for a mandatory internship” and have it attested by your university administration or, alternatively, submit your study regulations. For thesis applications, the forms are not required.
Is an internship at BASF paid?
It goes without saying that all internships are paid!
Is it possible to do an internship between a bachelor and master's or a master's and doctorate?
An internship between your bachelor and master or your master and doctorate is perfectly possible. However, a statement of intent is required which stipulates that you plan to commence a master degree or a doctorate.
Is it possible to do an intership abroad?
Yes, BASF offers internships abroad with our Explore Together program. You can learn more about this program here.
How are final theses handled?
Final theses are obligatory to finish the studies, therefore they are handled as mandatory internships.
Questions on trainee programs
Does BASF offer trainee or entry programs for university graduates?
The BASF START IN program offers a wide range of challenging trainee programs for university graduates and young professionals with up to 3 years professional experience. Click here for more information.
Are there fixed entry dates for the program, in other words, when can I apply for the START IN BASF trainee program?
Click here for information on the START IN BASF trainee program.
What are the eligibility criteria to take part in the START IN BASF trainee program?
Click here for information on the START IN BASF trainee program.
The European Talent Pool (ETP) is a program designed for BASF to keep in contact with students and graduates who have convinced us with a university degree with good grades and the right kind personality. Our ETP members are invited to exclusive events and workshops and are sent regular newsletters about the latest BASF news. Every ETP member has a personal BASF contact and the ETP team provides personal support on all issues relating to BASF internships, applications etc.
Unfortunately you cannot apply directly to the ETP. A BASF employee has to recommend you personally for an entry into the ETP, e.g. after you have successfully completed an internship at BASF. Once you have successfully convinced your internship supervisor of your technical and social skills, he or she can nominate you for the ETP.
The only exception is our international internship program Explore Together - you can apply directly to this program. If we register you into the program after a successful selection process, you will automatically become a member of the European Talent Pool.
You can find more information on the European Talent Pool and its various programs on the BASF career pages.