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Senior Computational Biology Scientist

BASF Corporation
San Diego County, California, US
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May 22, 2022

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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!

Senior Computational Biology Scientist (2200529) - San Diego, CA

Where the Chemistry Happens

We are seeking a professional like you to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for driving and supporting bioscience at BASF as part of a team of computational scientists. From agricultural traits to industrial enzymes, BASF is creating innovative products that require scientists like you to bring to bear cutting edge computational tools and methods. You will use your experience with computational biology, data science, and project management to develop and implement strategies to design and improve target enzymes. In this role, focusing on enzyme engineering activities, you will need to be well versed in both the biological aspects of protein science as well as have a strong grasp on emerging computational approaches. It is also expected that you will demonstrate strong leadership skills by overseeing the many ongoing computational projects and supplying appropriate prioritization and guidance.

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

Formula for Success
    Applying your education background in bioinformatics, biochemistry, structural biology, or related field, you will advise, lead, set the strategy for, and execute enzyme engineering projects.

      Your expertise in leveraging sequence-structure-activity relationships will be crucial as you combine evolutionary information, structural modeling, and data-driven design to achieve desired product enzyme properties. In addition to direct, hands-on computational analyses, your prior experience will enable you to mentor colleagues in Python script development, Linux-based HPC environments, pipeline development, and proper documentation. Your background with machine learning approaches for data driven design of proteins will be essential as you navigate projects through the Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle. Leveraging strong interpersonal skills, you will conceive, initiate, and lead collaborations with internal colleagues and external partners. Relying on proven communication skills, you will participate in the larger research community both by sharing your own results, but also by providing constructive feedback to colleagues. Your initiative and excitement to explore this rapidly developing field will be an important aspect of bringing innovation to our most pressing research challenges.

        Your innovative style, strong initiative, and understanding of the current scientific literature will be important aspects of tackling our most pressing research challenges.

        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.
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