Application Discovery Team Leader BASF Enzymes - San Diego, CA
February 5, 2021
Application Discovery Team Leader BASF Enzymes - San Diego, CA-2002431 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.
BASF's Bioscience division prides itself as a unique and innovative piece of the global BASF enterprise. With over 150 years of history, BASF has proven to be a thought-leader and visionary moving forward to create chemistry for a sustainable future.
The Enzymes team, located predominately in San Diego, has an environment and culture that puts employees first, allowing for personal flexibility and offers a benefits program that is robust and rewarding. Couple that with the organization's reputation of continued global growth, and the full total rewards as a BASF employee are hard to be matched.
Our research focus is simply stated: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. As a global organization, our employees have a world of opportunity at their fingertips- literally. The pillars of success for BASF Bioscience are as follows:
Connecting people and their passion for bioscience with a structured, engaged, and empowered team while allowing for them to find the work life balance needed to connect with loved ones at home and outside of work priorities/activities. Find yourself in the career you've dreamed of with the balance you require.
Engaging employees to build a high-performance culture that will drive long-term success for themselves and the company, with an open door to many business units and locations around the world. We offer global development opportunities, as well as, encourage relationship building across the organization.
Caring about one another, our customers and stakeholders, and our communities and environment. As part of the BASF Bioscience team, it is our duty to ensure we are driving thoughtful and meaningful innovations for the future. In fact, it stretches beyond our duty...it's our passion.
Putting lifelong learning first by offering a wide range of career development opportunities. This will not be like working at your typical R&D or biotech company. We offer numerous training and development courses, tuition reimbursement, and endorsements for our employees to heighten their career aspirations.
Application Discovery Team Leader BASF Enzymes (2002431) - San Diego, CA
Where the Chemistry Happens
We are seeking a motivated and creative professional like you to join the Bioenergy group in our newly founded Application Discovery team. In this role, you will report to the Head of the Bioenergy business and closely interface with the R&D and Application Solutions teams to design and test new product concepts that solve challenging problems facing the 1 st generation bioenergy market. Additionally, this hands-on position will also be responsible for cross-market activities incl. Food and other Technical applications.
As the Application Discovery Team Leader, you will be responsible for building a small high performing team to advance new enzyme product opportunities for BASF. This role spans the entire application development cycle from creating novel assays to develop a deep molecular level understanding of the application and the precise reactions involved, specifically probing the starch, oil, protein, and fiber components and how the biochemical, chemical, yeast metabolism, fermentation, and separations processes impact their complex interactions, to defining technical opportunities, technical success criteria, and ultimately a value proposition translation. This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your starch and enzyme background, a thorough understanding of the role of the metabolism of yeasts, as well as existing and/or needed separation technologies with respect to side-product streams. You will also get to share your experience interacting with customers.
Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent
Formula for Success
Leveraging your educational and industrial background in starch chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, fermentation, or a related discipline (preferably combined with Bioethanol and/or Food Starch Processing industry experience), you will drive pipeline execution by technically supporting early stage abstract proof of concept projects, where creative design of experiment including new testing capabilities (e.g. develop small scale, medium or high throughput assays to bridge plant scale to lab scale protocols) and developing experiments that elucidate the precise mechanism of action of the enzymes on their substrates, within the complex mixtures involved, is critical to successfully identify and develop new product candidates.
Using your application understanding, you will deconstruct real process conditions into bench scale application tests and assays that meaningfully predict industry relevant outcomes.
Your robust problem-solving skills will be essential as you identify existing system bottlenecks (from a throughput point-of-view) and capability gaps.
Being relentless and having high energy, you will provide insights and proposals (including implementation) to close any capability gaps that are currently present.
Successfully engaging inside our global organization, you will work closely with R&D scientists, the Application Solutions teams and our market-facing teams (Sales and Technical Service) to match our capabilities to the market and customer needs.
Demonstrating your action oriented, entrepreneurial mindset, you will foster creative solution finding and collaborate closely with R&D to develop strong technical product strategies.
Utilizing your scientific rigor and critical thinking skills, you will ensure that experimental design is of high quality and is highly efficient in order to rapidly uncover new opportunities.
Your ability to work within a diverse highly skilled team directly as a supervisor, as well as indirectly, will be a valued asset as you drive ideas into reality; incubating and shepherding new and early-stage projects.
Your influential and effective communication style and presentation skills will be necessary when you engage with different levels within BASF, our partners and customers.
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.
BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.
Primary Location: US-CA-San Diego
Function: REDE - Research & Development
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Organization: G-ENB/OM-Sales & Marketing-63010478
Internal Number: 634780
About BASF Corporation
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.