PhD Student (m/w/d) in the field of electrical or mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or equivalent



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 36 Monate


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 8.4 - Acoustic and Electromagnetic Methods

To strengthen our team in the division “Acoustic and Electromagnetic Methods” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.04.2020, we are looking for a

PhD Student (m/w/d) in the field of electrical or mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or equivalent

Salary group E13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 31.03.2023

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 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:

  • Early Stage Researcher in Marie Sklodovska Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) Guided Waves for Structural Health Monitoring (GW4SHM)
  • Developing an ultrasonic guided wave based Structural Health Monitoring system for carbon fibre overwrapped pressure vessels
  • Develop sensor/actuator placement strategies and optimise them utilising numerical simulations
  • Development of signal processing algorithms to analyse measured signals and to determine damage type and location
  • Preparing a lab set-up for demonstring the reliability of the system
  • The position is intended for writing a Doctoral Thesis
  • Collaboration with other industrial and academic project partners

Your qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or an equivalent diploma
  • Solid background in at least one of either numerical methods, machine learning or classification algorithms
  • Good programming skills in MATLAB, Python or C++ are desirable
  • Advanced English language skills
  • German language skills are an advantage but not required
  • In-depth knowledge in the salient physics of ultrasonic wave propagation is an advatage but not mandatory
  • Knowledge in non-destructive testing using ultrasound

<strong>Eligibility criteria:</strong>

  • Having not more than 4 years of equivalent research experience, i.e. working as a researcher after obtaining your master's degree
  • Having not been awarded a PhD title
  • Having not resided or carried out main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the last 3 years

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
  • Equal opportunities

Your application:

We welcome applications via the online application form by 31.03.2020. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 48/20-8.4 to:

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

Mr Prager will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-3873 and/or by email to Jens.Prager@bam.de.

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

Also other positions are available within the GW4SHM project, please see https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/491142