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Job announcement for Chemo-Ontologist in South-Germany

 Specialist Scientific Ontologies (m/f)

We are the world's leading chemical company because we offer intelligent solutions for our customers and for a sustainable future. We connect and develop people with diverse talents all over the world. For you, this means a variety of ways to advance.
Not only your performance but also your personality matter to us, without regard to gender, age, origin, sexual orientation, disability or belief. At BASF, careers develop from opportunities.
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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What you can expect
Join our department Digitalization in Research & Development and orchestrate the development of domain-specific ontologies to foster human-machine interaction and provide the basis for the application of higher level artificial intelligence.
  • You will collaborate intensively with the global scientific community in BASF ensuring that domain-specific ontologies can be integrated in a comprehensive overall picture - over time covering BASF R&D as a whole.
  • Therefore, you will establish as well as maintain a network of domain experts (e.g. lab scientists) that support the ontology generation in their respective domains and steer the demand for ontology extension and refinement.
  • Within the knowledge extraction process, you will ensure that the defined ontology structure can be extracted automatically.
  • Furthermore, you will be an integral part of the knowledge representation and enrichment activities.
  • You will participate in the development of new methods and functionality, translate the outcome into regular business operation and ensure broad adoption in the community.
What we expect
  • You have earned a degree (M.Sc./diploma) in one of the following areas: computer or information science, mathematics, engineering, computational linguistics, chemo- or bioinformatics.
  • Ideally, you already possess sound understanding of natural sciences, esp. chemistry in industrial R&D and you are able to capture requirements and translate use cases into ontology/taxonomy design using modeling techniques, tools, and methodologies.
  • Furthermore, you provide several years of work experience in project management building ontologies, taxonomies, data classification, or creating complex metadata schemas.
  • Therefore, you are proficient in working with graph databases (primarily Neo4J), and scripting languages (e.g. Cypher, SPARQL, Python, Java, XML, JSON-LD).
  • You are also familiar with epistemology, formal logic, set theory and lexical semantics and relevant standards (RDF, OWL2, SPARQL, SHACL, OBO, SKOS).
  • On a personal level, you are distinguished by strong communication skills in German and English and you are able to develop innovative solutions as part of a team.
We offer
  • Responsibility from day one in a challenging work environment and "on-the-job" training as part of a committed team.
  • Support of all employees by using different measures to ensure the balance of professional and private life.
  • Competitive compensation including attractive benefits as well as excellent career opportunities in an international company.
Join the best team with more than 110,000 other minds to connect with globally. Explore your BASF career options at
Working area: Research & Development
Location: BASF SE, Ludwigshafen
Working hours: Full-time
Contract type: Permanent
Reference code: EN56788558_ONLE_1
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Tel.: 00800 33 0000 33