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BASF Corporation | Wyandotte, Michigan
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Research & Development Technician-1701279

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information, 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.

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!

As part of a team the successful applicant will independently operate high pressure laboratory and pilot chemical reactor systems in a BASF pilot plant complex with capacities ranging from a gallon to multiple drums on occasion to support product and process R&D for multiple business groups. Experimental trials may last several shifts so work must be closely coordinated with other technicians and with Research Scientists. Experimental materials produced vary but are typically for the urethane, consumer, and synthetic lubricant markets. Raw materials used may include toxic, flammable, and corrosive materials. Objectives or priorities may vary from day to day.

Applicant will be responsible for:
- safe handling and accurate measurement of all chemical ingredients ranging from grams to kilograms
- accurately and safely following written and verbal instructions but also solving unexpected problems that arise to meet trial objectives.
- adhering to BASF Safe Work practices, maintaining excellent area housekeeping, proactively supporting and improving the local safety program through participation and suggestions.
- interfacing with control systems to ensure required process conditions are met including minor programming
- clearly recording observations and process readings, safely and properly collecting samples
- completing record keeping include electronic process data reports and database maintenance
- completing basic chemical lab tests such as pH or simple titrations, submitting samples for analysis when appropriate
- communicating status and results of operations and equipment to other technicians, research scientists and engineers verbally and in written reports
- troubleshooting and correcting equipment malfunctions when possible, interfacing with maintenance when needed, and properly preparing and isolating equipment for maintenance and issuing work permits.
- Reviewing, updating, and occasionally writing operating procedures & JSA's and training others as needed.
- Providing suggestions to improve quality and efficiency of trials, procedures, and general operations.

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

Basic Qualifications
- HS Diploma and 3+ years experience with reactive chemistry in pilot or production plant or synthesis laboratory (Or Associates Degree or certification in Chemistry or related field with practical laboratory or pilot plant experience) is required.
- Working knowledge of chemical equations, reactive chemistry, pH, and physical chemistry effects on materials required.
- Prior experience with computer based process control systems and Microsoft based programs (Excel, Access, Word) including file transfer and organization required
- Must be able to lift 20 Kg, handle 55-gal drums on occasion.
- Willing to handle OSHA hazardous materials including mutagens, carcinogens, developmental toxins
- Must have flexibility to adapt to changing work schedules and functional areas from week to week with frequent afternoon shift requirements and occasional midnight shift and overtime requirements.

Preferred Qualifications
- Familiarity with P&IDs, PFDs, PHA, HAZOPs (or similar), Management of Change, SDS desired
- Knowledge and experience with process control, interlocks, pumps, vacuum jets desired
- Safe chemical handling certification and ability to operate Fork Lift desired

Primary Location: US-MI-Wyandotte
Function: REDE - Research & Development
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Rotating
Organization: (GM)-Advanced Materials & Systems Research

About BASF Corporation

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. 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.

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