Research Associate / PostDoc (m/f/d) in the field of physics or equivalent



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 31.12.2025


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 8.5 - Micro Non-Destructive Testing

To strengthen our team in the division “Micro-NDT” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.01.2021, we are looking for a

Research Associate / PostDoc (m/f/d) in the field of physics or equivalent

Salary group E13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 31.12.2025
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:

  • Coordination and supervision of the laboratory µ-CT systems of the division 8.5
  • Further development and application of X-ray tomographic methods for the non-destructive characterisation of materials and components
  • Integration (hardware and software) of an in-situ tension-compression-torsion machine into an existing CT system
  • Development of software for the quantitative evaluation of different data sets (algorithms for the detection of volume changes, as well as morphology of particles, cracks, etc.)
  • Proactive participation in the BAM subject areas Material and Analytical Sciences
  • Proactive acquisition and processing of research projects
  • Supervision of master's theses, doctoral students, and technical staff
  • Collaboration with BAM-internal and external research groups and industrial partners
  • Active participation in national and international committees (e.g. standardisation)
  • Detailed scientific documentation of the results through journal articles, presentations at national and international conferences, publications, reports

Your qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in physics or equivalent
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in computed tomography, imaging and diffraction techniques, proven by publications, scientific documentation and active participation in conferences
  • Solid experience and knowledge in digital image processing and analysis
  • Solid experience in other material characterisation techniques
  • Experience in the conception and realisation of experimental set-ups and instrumentation
  • Experience in non-destructive testing for industrial applications
  • Experience in the management and implementation of research projects
  • Good knowledge of materials science, in particular of materials and processes of additive manufacturing
  • Good command of one or more relevant programming languages (e.g. Python, Matlab, Labview, C++)
  • Good knowledge of English and German (oral and written)
  • Good oral communication (e.g. proven by participation at international conferences) and writing skills (ability to publish scientific articles and reports)
  • Proven soft skills (e.g. strong ability to work in a team, initiative, determination, and resilience in multidisciplinary projects with different Tasks)

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 27.09.2020. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 205/20-8.5 to:

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

Professor Bruno will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1850 and/or by email to Giovanni.Bruno@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 high level of physical aptitude.