Senior Expert Lab Automation – Mechatronics/Robotics engineer

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The lab automation team is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative and state-of-the-art automated (robotic) solutions for lab and lab-related processes, enabling and enhancing our R&D and operational processes, in support of the BASF seed businesses globally.

We are seeking for an experienced and highly skilled robotic engineer to join this innovative team and to play a critical role in the design, development, implementation and optimization of specialized automated platforms and devices. You will work very closely together with your lab automation team members, colleagues in Seed Technologies & Analytics and relevant BASF business stakeholders. You collaborate with external specialized engineering companies to reach your goals.


  • Responsible for the translation of business requirements into suitable technical approaches and solutions.
  • Technically responsible for the development, delivery, roll-out and implementation of a successful and suitable product.
  • Responsible for the identification of suitable (external) automation and engineering partners, for outsourcing and joined developments into automation. You provide relevant input for the establishment of collaboration & development agreements with these partners.
  • Interact and collaborate closely with internal stakeholders and vendors during all project (engineering) phases – User Requirement Specification, Concept development, Procurement, Acceptance Testing, commissioning, and implementation.
  • Provide training and technical support to end-users.
  • Work in cross-functional project teams.
  • Ensure compliance to safety and quality standards.
  • Thoroughly document approaches, procedures, and results to ensure traceability and facilitate knowledge sharing.
  • Stay up to date with latest advancements in automation and engineering and apply this knowledge in our projects to drive innovation within the company.


  • A Master’s degree in Automation Engineering (Robotics, Mechatronics, or related field).
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in machine building, incl. conceptualizing, designing, developing, and implementing robotic / automated systems within a production environment.
  • Lifetech industry experience.
  • Experience and skill in design and analysis using one or more CAD programs (E.g. SolidWorks).
  • Knowledgeable in analyzing mechanical and electrical designs and suggest enhancements.
  • Experienced in one or more of following areas:
    Gantry systems, stepper motors & drivers.
    Sensors and applied integration, lab view programming and PLC.
  • Fluent English, with experience in conveying complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Collaborates and easily gets along in team-based environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills, project planning & task management.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude, with the ability to identify innovation opportunities.


  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging but dynamic work environment and “on-the-job” training as part of a committed team.
  • Competitive compensation including attracting benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.

Come join us in bringing the lab to the field

About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division

Everything we do, we do for the love of farming. Farming is fundamental to provide enough healthy and affordable food for a rapidly growing population, while reducing environmental impacts. That’s why we are working with partners and experts to integrate sustainability criteria into all business decisions. We invest in a strong R&D pipeline, combining innovative thinking with practical action in the field. Our solutions are purpose-designed for different crop systems. Connecting seeds and traits, crop protection products, digital tools and sustainability approaches, to help deliver the best possible outcomes for farmers, growers and our other stakeholders along the value chain. With teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we do everything in our power to build a sustainable future for agriculture. In 2023, our division generated sales of €10.1 billion.

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Application process

1. Application

You found the job you like on our website. Time to hit that ‘apply’-button and let us know who you are through the application form.

2. First encounter

We are intrigued by your application and call you immediately. At this point you can expect questions like: What motivates you? And what are your skills?

3. Interview

The call went great! So here you are, ready for your interview with HR and a hiring manager. We want to know more of your story and of course, you can ask about our story as well.

4. Contract

Welcome to our team. When can you start? So we can everything ready for your first day. You know, computer, paperwork, cake, balloons …

5. Onboarding

We welcome you with open arms and get you up and running. Including our eye-opening bootscamp, from the lab to the field.