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BASF Scientist III - Research Triangle Park, NC in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

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Scientist III (1903958) – Research Triangle Park, NC

Where the Chemistry Happens

We are seeking an experienced professional like you to serve as Scientist III in the Global Insecticide Research Group (APR/IE) at BASF's research facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.

In this role, you will join an interdisciplinary team focused on the discovery of novel, selective and safe insecticides. Specifically, the incumbent will be a member of the Insecticide Mode of Action Team, specializing in the physiology and biochemistry of insecticides.

The successful candidate will join an established laboratory investigating the mechanisms of action of novel insecticidal compounds on insect nerve and muscle. Methods used will include extracellular and intracellular recording from intact and dissected preparations, whole-cell and single-electrode voltage-clamp studies on isolated neurons and cultured cells, and two-electrode voltage clamp measurements on muscle and on Xenopus oocytes expressing insect ion channels. The incumbent will work closely with peers and managers in support of BASF’s Insecticide research, with responsibility for mode of action determination.

Analysis, written and oral reports on experimental results and procedures will be required, as well as solid communication skills and the ability to work independently in a fast-paced multidisciplinary research team. The candidate must be willing to handle live insects and compounds of unknown toxicity.

Formula for Success

  • B.S. degree in biological sciences or related field with 2 or more years of relevant experience

  • Experience in cellular neurophysiology and knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of insects.

  • Experience in analysis of insect behavior upon exposure to compounds of different Mode of Actions

  • Self-starter, strong team orientation and adaptability to diverse projects.

  • Effective communication, observation and prioritization skills.

  • Strong quantitative reasoning ability.

It is a plus if you have:

  • M.S. degree in biological sciences with 2 years of experience in neurotoxicology or neuropharmacology OR- Ph.D. degree in biologicals sciences with experience in neurotoxicology or neuropharmacology

  • Experience in biophysical studies on ion channels

  • Experience in microscopy and imaging techniques

  • Prior experience in an agricultural products company and hands-on experience in insecticide research

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The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.

For further information on Agricultural Products with BASF, please select: BASF: Create Chemistry with the Agricultural Products Division

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: APR/IE-In Vitro Biology-60001616

Title: Scientist III - Research Triangle Park, NC

Location: NC-Research Triangle Park

Requisition ID: 1903958