Correlation of electronic structure, optical properties and charge transport in organic semiconductors

BASF is hiring a first stage researcher within the framework of the UHMob MSCA ITN action (GA n°811284).

Please find a detailed offer and requirements below.


BASF is hiring a first stage researcher within the framework of the UHMob MSCA ITN action (GA n°811284). As a PhD student or Postdoc (please see Eligibility criteria), you will work within our global research organization investigating new methods to influence the crystallization of organic materials, e.g. semiconductors.

  • Your tasks include designing and setting up experimental tools for advanced crystallization methods, e.g. preparation of thin films by vacuum deposition.
  • You will perform hands-on crystallization experiments and explore new physical concepts to assess their usefulness in an industrial context.
  • You will also characterize organic solids by various techniques and interpret physical and structural data, where you can draw on the expertise and support by expert labs of the central research hub of BASF in Ludwigshafen.
  • Your contribution will be an important aspect of advancing new methods to design performance materials and will help us to generate new products.
  • You successfully completed your masters or are about to complete your PhD in physical chemistry or a related field (please see Eligibility criteira), with a specialization on crystallography or crystal engineering.
  • You are well acquainted with standard IT applications. Experience with UNIX systems will be helpful.
  • You and have excellent English language skills. Knowledge of German is an advantage.
  • Furthermore, you are able to succeed in a result-driven environment and enjoy reaching goals together in a multicultural team.

From day one you will be part of the BASF family. You will get involved in challenging fields of activity and have the opportunity to work on exciting projects in an interdisciplinary environment. Depending on the location of the respective group company you will get to know BASF and participate in various workshops and guided tours. In this way you will make numerous interesting experiences and get a deep insight into the world’s leading chemical company.

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Scheduled research stays abroad (secondments):

  • 3 months at the University of Strasbourg (France)
  • 3 months at Cambridge University (United Kingdom)

Ludwigshafen is the world’s largest integrated chemical complex and home to BASF Group headquarters. Located in the heart of Europe’s Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, you will find this to be an attractive place for both work and leisure time.

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Research field(s): Chemistry, Materials Science, Crystallography, Quantum Mechanics

  • Required education level: Master’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science with a strong background in Crystallography or Crystal Engineering
  • Required languages: English (Level: Good); German (Level: Basic)
  • Required research experience (<4 years): Chemistry>Crystallography; Materials Science & Quantum Chemistry >Structure-Property Relations; Materials Science>Thin Films;
  • Skills/Qualifications:
    • Crystallography, physics of organic solids, nanofabrication, thin films, quantum mechanics, materials, spectroscopy;
    • Ability to work independently and creatively;
    • Ability to work in cross-cultural diverse teams.
  • To have obtained or to be about to obtain a Master’s degree (or a title at equivalent level) in chemistry. At the day of hiring, applicants must have been awarded a Master or equivalent degree.
  • To be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers.
  • Not to have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Not to have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (Mobility Rule).
  • Applications must be written in English.
  • Application must be complete.

Please send your application to uhmob-recruitment [at] eurtd [dot] com including the following items:

  • A letter of motivation referring to UHMob-ESR15, explaining why you apply to this position and how a PhD would suit your career objectives?
  • A detailed CV including publications (if any).
  • Two reference contacts.

Reference to be indicated in the email Subject: UHMob-ESR15



Main location

Carl Bosch Strasse 38
67056, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

Location Secondment n°1

University of Strasbourg
Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires
8 Allée Gaspard Monge
67000 Strasbourg, France

Location  Secondment n°2

University of Cambridge
Cavendish Laboratory
Department of Physics
Thomson Avenue
CB30HE Cambridge, United Kingdom

General information

Type of contract Temporary (36 months)
Job status Full time
Hours per week 37.5
Application deadline The deadline for application is December 31, 2019. Applications will be evaluated in a continuous way and positions will be filled in as soon as possible
Envisaged job starting date ASAP