Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of physics, mechanical engineering, production engineering, physical engineering or cf.



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 31.08.2026


Berlin Adlershof

Richard-Willstätter-Straße 11
12489 Berlin

Division 8.7 - Thermographic Methods

To strengthen our team in the division “Thermographic Methods” in Berlin-Adlershof, starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a

Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of physics, mechanical engineering, production engineering, physical engineering or cf.

Salary group E13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 31.08.2026
Full-time / suitable as part-time employment

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is a materials research organization in Germany. Our mission is to ensure safety in technology and chemistry. We perform research and testing in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry to improve the safety of products and processes. 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 are looking for talented people to join us.

Your responsibilities include:

The tasks include the processing of the research project ZIKA for the development of non-destructive testing methods for automated internal corrosion detection on radioactive cask containers.

  • The focus is on the investigation and evaluation of the suitability of various NDT methods, as well as hardware and software support for the integration of non-destructive testing methods into a demonstrator.
  • In particular, innovative thermographic methods together with signal and image processing are to be researched.
  • The experimental work is performed exclusively on non-radioactive components and is not subject to the Strahlenschutzverordnung.

Your qualifications:

  • Completed scientific university studies (diploma/master's degree) in the field of physics, mechanical engineering, production engineering, physical engineering or comparable
  • A completed doctorate is an advantage
  • Experience in planning and conducting scientific experiments
  • Practical experience in signal and image processing
  • Good practical programming experience in Python or Matlab
  • Practical work experience in at least one of the mentioned thematic focus areas thermography, non-destructive testing, automation, optics is an advantage
  • Either good German language skills (at least B1) or a high willingness to acquire the German language quickly
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Willingness to travel on business
  • Good communication and information skills, goal-oriented and structured way of working, initiative/willingness and ability to take decisions as well as ability to work in a team and willingness to cooperate

We offer:

  • Interdisciplinary research at the interface of politics, economics and society
  • Work in national and international networks with universities, research institutes and industrial companies
  • Outstanding facilities and infrastructure
  • Flexible working hours and mobile working

Your application:

We welcome applications via the online application form by 27.09.2023. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 216/23-8.7 to:

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

Mr. Lecompagnon will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-4160 and/or by email to Julien.Lecompagnon@bam.de.

BAM pursues the goal of professional equality between women and men. We therefore particularly welcome applications from women. In addition, BAM supports the integration of severely disabled persons and therefore especially welcomes their applications. With regard to the fulfilment of the job advertisement requirements, the application documents are examined individually. Recognised severely disabled persons will be given preferential consideration if they are equally suitable.

The advertised position requires a high level of physical aptitude.