12 Apr, 2021

Scientist - Agrochemical Application Technology R&D

  • BASF
  • Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC, USA
Chartered Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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.




And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2021. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!




Scientist II – Agrochemical Application Technology R&D (2100745) – Research Triangle Park, NC




Where the Chemistry Happens


BASF is currently seeking a motivated professional like you to join our Agricultural Solutions business at our Research & Development (R&D) facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.


With a focus on agrochemical product application, primary responsibility of this role is to support the development and optimization of pesticide formulations. Under general supervision of a technical manager, the incumbent will design, conduct, and interpret agroscience experiments to evaluate ag product performance. In addition, the incumbent will support product registration by conducting product specific studies. This is a role that requires a unique skill set with technical expertise in application science and technology for agricultural products. The role is within a global team. Key responsibilities include:


  • Develop expertise in the areas of agrochemical application techniques, product optimization, adjuvant usage, spray nozzle science, and state-of-the-art drift reduction technologies.
  • Design, conduct and analyze experiments for the evaluation of the performance of agrochemical products.
  • Write and validate test protocols and related standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Perform application studies to solve research problems which may include the design and construction of specialized equipment, methodology or protocols.
  • Utilize existing, and/or validate and implement new technologies within a development program.
  • Help formulate creative, often complex, research programs consistent with business cases.
  • Provide and present study results to a broad, cross-functional audience.
  • Assist with Environmental Health & Safety activities related to safe operation of pilot-scale experimental equipment.
  • Provide technical support for global and regional product commercialization activities and teams.



For further information on Agricultural Products with BASF, please select:


BASF: Create Chemistry with the Agricultural Products Division



Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Formula for Success

  • PhD in a scientific discipline such as physical/analytical chemistry, chemical engineering or agronomy with 0+ years industrial experience or MS with 3+ years industrial experience.
  • Experience in experimental physics, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and/or chemical engineering as these relate to the development of agrochemical formulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively solve problems and to generate intellectual property.
  • Seriousness about chemical and physical safety and hygiene
  • Excellent prioritization and decision-making skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Naturally organized, attentive to detail, and deadline-conscious



  • Interest in modern global agroscience
  • Formulation development experience within the Crop Protection industry
  • Experience handling and mixing solids (powders, granules), liquids (solutions, emulsions, suspensions), and compressed gases.
  • Know-how in the areas of adjuvants and surfactants
  • Demonstrated experience with studies involving physics, optics, and/or analytical chemistry.

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