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BASF PhD student technical chemistry and chemical reaction engineering NAMOSYN (m/f/d) in Ludwigshafen, Germany

Job Field : Research & Development

Location : Ludwigshafen,DEU

Company : BASF SE

Job ID : EN57781902ONLE1

Ludwigshafen is the world's largest integrated chemical complex and home to BASF Group headquarters. Located in the heart of Europe's Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, you will find this to be an attractive place for both work and leisure time.

In the position, scientific work will be performed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology within the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) and the Institute for Nuclear and Energy Technologies (IKET).

Your contract will be with BASF SE as the employer. Your place of work will be the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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What you can expect

BASF SE offers a temporary PhD position that aims at developing a gas-phase process for the dehydrogenation of methanol to formaldehyde.

Scientific work will include conceptual work on possible reaction mechanisms, design, construction and modification of a gas-phase test apparatus, experiments applying different sorts of organic chemical initiators for the target reactions as well as kinetic characterizations of the reaction in the field of operating parameters:

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  • You will collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment with scientific staff from academia and industry.

  • Scientific coaching will be provided by the staff at the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) at KIT. In addition, you will collaborate with scientists at BASF in Ludwigshafen.

  • Apart from scientific work, the position will allow you to develop extracurricular skills and to build a support network with other PhD students as well as with scientists from the industry.

  • Furthermore, you will promote your research and represent the group at international conferences.

What we expect

  • You have successfully completed your master's degree or diploma in Chemistry, Physics or Chemical Engineering.

  • Additionally, you have experience in gas-phase radical reaction kinetics, physical chemistry.

  • Ideally you should have programming knowledge e.g. Python, Mathlab, Aspen Plus or Presto.

  • A driving licence and willingness to travel are desirable.

  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and has got basic knowledge of German.

We offer

From day one you will be part of the BASF family. You will get involved in challenging fields of activity and have the opportunity to work on exciting projects in an interdisciplinary environment. Depending on the location of the respective group company you will get to know BASF and participate in various workshops and guided tours. In this way you will make numerous interesting experiences and get a deep insight into the world’s leading chemical company.