Ph.D. student (m/f/d) in the field of civil engineering, physical engineering, computational science or a comparable field of study



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Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division Buildings and Structures

To strengthen our team in the division “Buildings and Structures” in Berlin-Steglitz,
starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a

Ph.D. student (m/f/d)
in the field of civil engineering, physical engineering, computational science or a comparable field of study

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months
Full-time / suitable as part-time employment

Join us and be part of our motivated team.

Your responsibilities include:

Scientific contribution to the binational research project COMET (Coupled micromechanical modelling for the analysis and prevention of erosion in hydraulic and offshore infrastructures) funded by the DFG research agency. This will involve:
- A doctoral work, with an eminently numerical focus but also involving experimental tasks, to investigate the erosion-related phenomena involved in the installation of suction bucket foundations for offshore wind turbines
- The use and further development of our in-house micromechanical simulation tool (LBM and DEM methods) (this shall possibly involve the further adaption of the algorithms for large spatial configurations, three-dimensional conditions and for a parallel computation by means of graphical processors (GPUs) and clusters)
- The performance of physical tests of the installation of a small-scaled suction bucket model into granular samples at our partner research institute IRSTEA in Aix-en-Provence (France)
- A numerical analysis of the installation of suction buckets into the marine soil regarding their penetration resistance and the conditions that lead to piping failures
- Documentation and critical assessment of the experimental and numerical results
- Publication and presentation of results, interdisciplinary exchanges with research partners
- The composition of a doctoral thesis in English in the frame of a binational PhD initiative jointly supervised by French and German universities (these en cotutelle)

Your qualifications:

- Successful university degree (Diploma/Master) specializing in Civil engineering, Physical engineering, Computational Sciences or a comparable field of study
- Previous experience or specialized education in Numerical Methods, Multiphysics and Geotechnics
- Scientific programming skills; knowledge and previous experience with C/C++, Fortran and CUDA will be particularly appreciated
- Very good knowledge of English language spoken and written; basics in German and French will be appreciated
- Willingness to do an internship at the partner institute IRSTEA in Aix-en-Provence for a period of 9-12 months
- High level of engagement, cooperation and teamwork and also a responsible and independent way of working

We offer:

  • Interdisciplinary research at the interface between politics, economics and society
  • Work in national and international networks with universities, research institutes and industrial companies
  • Outstanding facilities and infrastructure
  • Equal opportunities

Your Application:

We welcome applications per email. Please send your application to the following address: bewerbung@bam.de by 05/07/2019, quoting the reference number 114/19-7.2. Please attach detailed application documents to the email as a summarised file in PDF format (max. 20 MB). Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, to:

Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung
Referat Z.3 - Personal
Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Please note that all application documents will only be stored and processed for the selection procedure. Upon conclusion of the selection procedure, the documents will be deleted in compliance with regulations on data privacy.

Mr Pablo Cuéllar will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-4779 and/or by email to Pablo.Cuellar@bam.de.

BAM pursues equal opportunities. For this reason, we particularly welcome female applicants. Recognised disabled applicants with identical suitability will be selected preferentially.