Senior Expert Lab Automation - Mechatronics/Robotics Engineer (M/F/D)

Come join us on our journey to create innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture.

The Seed Technology & Analytics (STA) 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 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 Technology & Applications and relevant BASF business stakeholders.  You collaborate with external specialized engineering companies to reach your goals.

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What you can expect:

  • Responsible for the translation of business requirements into suitable technical approaches and solutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide training and technical support to end-users.
  • Work in cross-functional project teams.
  • Ensure compliance with safety and quality standards.
  • Thoroughly document approaches, procedures, and results to ensure traceability and facilitate knowledge sharing.
  • Stay up to date with the latest advancements in automation and engineering and apply this knowledge in our projects to drive innovation within the company.

Who you are:

  • A master’s degree in Automation Engineering (Robotics, Mechatronics, or related field).
  • Minimum 5 years of hands-on experience in conceptualizing, designing, developing, and integrating robotic systems, preferably within an industrial environment. Experience with robotics in a Lifetech environment is a plus.
  • Experience and skill in design and analysis using one or more CAD programs (E.g. SolidWorks)
  • Proficient in analyzing and optimizing mechanical and electrical designs.
  • Proficient in programming languages such as C/C++, Python, MATLAB, or Java
  • Experienced in one or more of the following areas: Gantry systems, stepper motors & drivers; PLCs; Sensors and applied integration; Visioning systems, or image recognition; Embedded systems such as FPGA, Raspberry PI and GPU platforms; Robotic specific programming languages (ROS), LabVIEW
  • Excellent organizational skills, project planning & task management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English), with experience in conveying complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Collaborates and easily gets along in team-based environment.
  • Ability to provide guidance and mentorship to (junior) team members.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • You are known for your 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


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

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