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BASF Leadership Development Program (LDP) - PhD Class of 2021 in Tarrytown, New York

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Leadership Development Program (LDP) – PhD Class of 2021

Where the Chemistry Happens…

BASF's Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) were created to provide highly motivated, mobile-minded current university students an opportunity to enhance their professional skills through a variety of diverse learning experiences. Participants will contribute to real-world rotational assignments within different domestic locations. They will explore career options and develop technical and professional decision-making skills, while fulfilling specific business needs. Participants also have the opportunity to assess their capabilities, skills, and interests and gain valuable exposure to BASF's culture, values, and decision-makers.

Explore your sense of adventure! Build your professional network! Engage your passion for challenge! Apply for the BASF Leadership Development Program!

Program Summary:


  • You will participate in a 24-month cross-functional program with three, eight-month assignments that will expose you to various technologies and career opportunities at BASF

  • Your ability to be mobile will be critical, as assignments will be in a variety of locations throughout the U.S.; each assignment will be in a new location supporting a different business unit

  • Leveraging your scientific capabilities and savviness, your first assignment must be technical in nature and be housed at one of our Research, Development and Technical hubs

  • Upon your completion of the rotational program, you may be offered opportunities in research, development, or applications in the following: materials, organic chemical, polymer, agro-chemical, biotechnology, ecology, and quality improvement, production/process support, innovation, and technical business functions

  • Available start dates are June and August of 2021 with a required weeklong orientation conference in New Jersey in August 2021.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

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.

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

  • Development of your technical expertise and the ability to network at senior levels throughout BASF

  • A comprehensive program of employee benefits, including an award winning flexible work arrangement and a competitive retirement savings plan


Candidates selected for an interview will participate in a virtual one-hour interview with three BASF representatives, comprised of leadership and technical questions. Additionally, if advanced in the selection process, you may be asked to give a virtual poster presentation. Please note that interviews may not begin until mid-October.

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Formula for Success:

  • PhD degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences, Material Science, or Polymer Science

  • PhD Graduation dates: December 2020 - August 2021 (MUST successfully defend prior to August 2021) OR completing 1 st or 2 nd year of first Post-Doctorate position

  • Authorization to work in the U.S. now and in the future without restrictions or need for future sponsorship

  • Commitment to relocate anywhere in the U.S. during and upon placeoff from the program

  • Demonstrated academic achievement

  • Demonstrated leadership achievement

  • Involvement on-campus during graduate studies, such as clubs, organizations, conferences, etc.

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: GBW/UH-O-Talent Development / Strategy-60001743

Title: Leadership Development Program (LDP) - PhD Class of 2021

Location: NY-Tarrytown

Requisition ID: 2001601

Other Locations: US-MI-Wyandotte, US-NC-Research Triangle Park