Associate Research Engineer position at BASF (Ludwigshafen/Germany)

BASF has an opening for an Associate Research Engineer at the interface of Solid-State NMR and Surface Spectroscopy.

The position will be associated with Dr. Sabine Hirth (Surface Analytics by XPS and ToF-SIMS) and Dr. Karsten Seidel (Solid-State NMR). We are two teams in the Structures & Surfaces group at BASF’s Department of Material Physics & Analytics. We are part of a central research platform which serves the entire BASF community. The new team member shall strengthen our efforts in the characterization of inorganic materials, in particular battery materials, as well as other complex materials, using multi-method approaches in both labs and beyond.


Please note: this position aims at a permanent lab-based employment, and is typically addressing scientists with a Master’s degree (or Bachelor’s degree + job experience). PhD graduates may want to apply for “Research Scientist” or “Laborleiter” positions on


Having a good command of the German language is not a prerequisite, and actually, scientific reporting at BASF is preferably done in English. However, it is generally very helpful to know or quickly learn German. In fact, the job posting is currently available only in German:


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Job profile (translation of selected items):

  • Self-dependent experimental work in projects as well as routine analytical services
  • Adaptation and development of methods to characterize materials, such as battery materials
  • Methods development using complex analytical techniques with X-ray-Photoelectron-, Mass- and NMR-Spectrometers
  • Study of scientific literature, active learning from others
  • Presentation of work in project meetings, authoring of comprehensive lab reports

Your profile (translation of selected items):

  • Degree in chemistry, physics, or a related field of science (Master’s degree, or comparable qualification, such as Bachelor’s degree plus adequate job experience, or „Chemotechniker“ plus adequate job experience)
  • Advanced knowledge of inorganic chemistry
  • Experience with instrumental analytics, preferably XPS, ToF-SIMS, NMR
  • Interest to permanently work in the field of analytics and analytical methods development
  • You have been actively performing complex data analysis using advanced IT tools, including an understanding of the mathematical background
  • Very good communication skills, as well as an independent and target-oriented style of work


We are looking forward to receiving your application through (Further inquiries may be sent to, applications will be accepted through the job portal.)


We are located at BASF’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen/Germany. Ludwigshafen is a twin city with Mannheim, other cities close by are Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Worms, and Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Frankfurt is less than 1h from here. The region is known e.g. for its chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive and construction industry, as well as for its beautiful surrounding, such as the Palatinate forest and the Odenwald forest, with its modest climate and popular vineyards.


With best regards,

Sabine Hirth & Karsten Seidel

BASF SE, Registered Office: 67056 Ludwigshafen, Germany
Registration Court: Amtsgericht Ludwigshafen, Registration No.: HRB 6000
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Juergen Hambrecht
Board of Executive Directors:
Martin Brudermueller, Chairman; Hans-Ulrich Engel, Vice Chairman;

Saori Dubourg, Sanjeev Gandhi, Michael Heinz, Markus Kamieth, Wayne T. Smith