PhD student (m/f/d) of Mechanical Engineering,Computational Materials Science or an equivalent disciplin



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 30.06.2023


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 5.2 - Experimental and Model Based Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

To strengthen our team in the division “Experimental and Model Based Mechanical Behaviour of Materials” in Berlin-Steglitz starting 01.07.2020, we are looking for a

PhD student (m/f/d) of Mechanical Engineering,Computational Materials Science or an equivalent disciplin

Salary group 13TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months
under the reserve that funds are granted
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 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:

  • Participation to a joint research project in the framework of the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science (WvSCIS). See also https://www.bam.de/Content/EN/News-announcements/2019/2019-07-01-kickoff-werner-von-siemens-centre.html
  • The project HTA 2.0 (High Temperature Applications 2.0) of the WvSCIS focusses on the manufacturing technology and the strength assessment of additively manufactured components of Nickel base Superalloys for gas turbines. The open position corresponds to a sub-task of this Project.
  • Its objective is the development of a numerical model to assess the creep strength of these components in dependence on the process parameters. The resulting tool should allow for Finite Element analysis of creep in components with commercial codes. An essential part of the work will be devoted to the consideration of the influence of the microstructures of additively manufactured components within a multiscale approach.
  • The task will be carried out in cooperation with Siemens and the Institute for Material Science of the Technical University of Berlin.

Your qualifications:

  • Scientific degree (Master/Diploma) in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Computational Materials Science or an equivalent discipline
  • Strong background in continuum mechanics and material modelling
  • Excellent theoretical knowledge of the Finite Element (FE) Method and intensive practical experience with commercial or open-source FE codes
  • Very good knowledge of numerical methods in Science and Engineering
  • Strong experience in Python and in one of the programming languages Fortran 90, C or C++
  • Very good written and spoken English and German
  • Structured and solution-oriented approach, cooperation and team spirit


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, mobile working

Your application:

We welcome applications via the online application form by 31.05.2020. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 108/20-5.2 to:

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

Mr Fedelich will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-3104 and/or by email to bernard.fedelich@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 expressly 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 low level of physical aptitude.