BASF Pilot Plant Research Engineer in Wyandotte, Michigan

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Pilot PlantResearch Engineer (1804318) – Wyandotte, MI

Where theChemistry Happens

Research Engineering Services (RES) in Wyandotte MI is responsible for the premier piloting facility of North America. RES seeks a highly experienced Pilot Plant Research Engineer with expertise in process research & productdevelopment, as well as, scale-up to support our BASF business partners acrossNorth America.

This is an expert role within the Global Advanced Materials and Systems research group that specializes in bench scale, piloting and small-scale production. We use new and existing technologies to process a variety of hazardous materials in flexible equipment arrangements to bring new and innovative solutions.

This position will be involved in many challenging projects and is responsible for supporting business unit technologies and activities, including consulting, experimental testing, pilot scale development, and repetitive manufacturing.

Formula forSuccess

  • Leveragingyour education in Chemical Engineering or relevant discipline, combinedwith your professional chemical processing experience (preferably in pilotplant or market development), you will plan and safely run pilot plantprojects (primarily with organic chemistry and polymerization) fortechnology demonstration and data generation.

  • Demonstratingcompetencies in relevant technical subjects utilized in processdevelopment, design and scale-up of chemical processes, sizing equipment,you will develop operating disciplines and safe operating procedures forpilot plant trials and repetitive manufacturing.

  • Successfullyengaging across the business, you will partner with business groups,colleagues, process research chemists and engineers to discover,co-develop and scale-up manufacturing processes to meet our business needswithin specified project timeline.

  • Asa trusted advisor, you will identify and evaluate improvementopportunities and optimize pilot plant assets and equipment, as well asdevelop and execute action plans, designed to reduce safety risks, improveoverall performance, and to ensure continuous improvement.

  • Collaboratingwith cross-functional professionals, you will demonstrate initiative bysuggesting and implementing lab improvement projects through applicationof new practices, testing techniques or equipment. Ensure compliance withProcess Safety Management requirements for PSM covered units, assesssafety procedures/policies, and participate in the HAZOP process.

  • Valuinga high degree of safety consciousness such as MSDS, chemical storage,waste disposal, proper handling of toxic or hazardous materials andknowledge of safe laboratory operating principles and practices.

  • Abilityto travel domestically and internationally up to 10%.

  • Priorexperience with experimentation tools and DOE testing techniques, chemicalengineering unit operations and reactor design, reaction engineering orreaction modeling experience, such as ASPEN, or small scale pilot plantoperations is highly desired.


  • Partner with productdevelopment, commercial implementation, manufacturing, process research chemists and engineers todiscover, co-develop and scale-up manufacturing processes to meet businesswithin specified project timeline

  • Provide broad based engineering support to colleagues, technicians, andcommunity

  • Lead and facilitatemeetings and reviews including driving the safety review of start-ups and newprocesses.

  • Guide Coordinator andTechnicians, and work with building support staff to setup and troubleshoot andoperate processes and equipment

  • Develop operatingdisciplines and safe operating procedures for pilot plant trials and repetitivemanufacturing

  • Supply Marketintroductory quantities and R&D developmental quantities of newproducts

  • Plan and safely runpilot plant projects for technology demonstration and data generation.Properly document environmental emissions,waste disposal, and equipment cleaning

  • Understand hazardevaluations and risk mitigation techniques for hazardous operationidentification

  • Work closely withproduction portion of the facility and communicate process intentions andhazards to the non-pilot plant personnel to ensure safe operations

  • Reduce creative ideasinto new, practical, value-added projects. Candidate must be able toproblem-solve by generating novel ideas and by creatively applying existingtechnology

  • Demonstrate initiativeby suggesting and implementing lab improvement projects through application ofnew safe practices, testing techniques or equipment

  • Ensure compliance with Process Safety Management requirements for PSMcovered units

  • Assess safety procedures and policies, participate in HAZOP process

  • Implement operational policy and procedure, such as development andrevision of SOP's

  • Identify and evaluate improvement opportunities and optimize pilot plantassets and equipment

  • Contribute to operations training to improve technical knowledge oftechnicians

  • Collaborate with team members to accomplish organizational goals;provide ideas to improve efficiency at group level

  • Act as the manufacturing representative to capital projects

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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.

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: RA/NR-Innovation / Technology-63000379

Title: Pilot Plant Research Engineer

Location: MI-Wyandotte

Requisition ID: 1804318