BASF Leadership Development Program (LDP) -  PhD Summer 2019 in Florham Park, New Jersey

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 with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, 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 Diversity Inc as #17 on the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

We are seeking highly motivated, mobile-minded, upcoming university graduates ready to take their careers to the next level. Our rotational programs combine hands-on experience with unparalleled networking opportunities designed to accelerate your career development at BASF.

Program Summary:


  • As a highly motivated graduate student, you will spend a summer working at a North American BASF site, including locations: Houston, TX; Iselin, NJ; Southfield, MI; Wyandotte, MI; or Tarrytown, NY.

  • Interns will work in various areas such as development, technical service, production support, technology specialist

  • This program is targeted toward traditionally under-represented groups in technical / R&D areas, including but not limited to female students and students of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

We offer students the opportunity to spend a summer working at a North American BASF site within the U.S. First time interns with BASF will typically work at our Florham Park, NJ location. These practical and meaningful assignments will give you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in school during this 10 to 12-week program.

  • Enhanced career and leadership development, and value delivery to BASF through planned assignments

  • Development of your expertise and the ability to network at senior levels throughout BASF and establish mentoring relationships that could span across your whole career

  • The opportunity to join our Talent Pipeline for consideration of future opportunities within the organization including the Fulltime PhD Leadership Development Program

Formula for Success:

  • Current PhD students graduating between May 2020 – August 2021 and pursuing a doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioscience, or Material Science

  • Demonstrated academic achievement

  • Commitment to relocate anywhere in the U.S.

  • Authorization to work in the U.S. without restrictions or future sponsorship

  • Outstanding work ethic and leadership potential

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Must submit letter of recommendation from advisor along with application

Join us, we’ll be recruiting at the following events:

American Chemical Society Conference

  • August 19th-August 21st

  • North Carolina State

  • 08/30/18 - NCSU PhD Information Session

  • 10/18/18 - Interviews

  • Georgia Tech

  • 09/13/18 - Info Session

  • 10/11/18 - Interviews

  • Texas A&M

  • 10/12/18 Interviews

*Dates are subject to change

Interested in seeing where BASF is recruiting next? Check out our website at:

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: NTH/T-PDP-PDP - UR Professional Development Progra-63010176

Title: Leadership Development Program (LDP) - PhD Summer 2019

Location: NJ-Florham Park

Requisition ID: 1803938