Ph-D student (m/f/d) in the field of computer science, mathematics and civil engineering or comparable



Reference number

214/19 – 8.



Contract Term



Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

department Non-destructive Testing

To strengthen our team in the department “Non-destructive Testing” in Berlin-Steglitz,
starting 2019-12-01, we are looking for a

Ph-D student (m/f/d)
in the field of computer science, mathematics and civil engineering or comparable

Salary group E13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 30.11.2022
Full-time / suitable as part-time employment

At BAM we do research that matters. Our work covers a broad array of topics in the focus areas of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials, and analytical sciences. We offer an excellent work environment, located in Berlin, with state-of-the-art research infrastructure and special laboratories.

We are looking for talented people to join us.

Your responsibilities include:

Work as a PhD candidate in BAM-project MI1-19-024: Development of an ontology for the field “non-destructive testing (NDT) in civil engineering” for semantic data integration of measurement data. The aim is to formalize relevant information in NDT in civil engineering with an ontology in order to systematically prepare measurement data for later use.
- Systematic collection and documentation of the ontological requirements in coordination with a committee of experts comprised of the responsible scientists
- Search for non-ontological resources within the BAM (databases, compendium, etc.) and websites as well as the selection and transformation of resources into ontologies
- Search for best practice approaches, e.g. through analysis and transfer of ontology design patterns
- Continuous validation with examples in cooperation with colleagues from the department
- Collection of knowledge about NDT in civil engineering, documentation of the design decision, configuration management for handling and controlling ontology versions, validation and verification of the implemented ontology and evaluation of the ontology with regard to the qualitative expectations of the users
- Preparation of publications, lectures and posters

Your qualifications:

- University degree (e.g. computer science, mathematics and civil engineering or comparable)
- Knowledge of Semantic Web Technologies and Web APIs
- Knowledge of databases (SQL, RDF stores, etc.)
- Programming knowledge in Python, Java, Java Script, C, (maybe Matlab)
- Knowledge of machine learning and natural language processing is helpful
- Basic knowledge of signal analysis and evaluation is helpful
- Basic knowledge of civil engineering is helpful
- Very good language skills of spoken and written English

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 20.10.2019, quoting the reference number 214/19-8. 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.

Prof. Dr. Kruschwitz will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1442 and/or by email to Sabine.Kruschwitz@bam.de.

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