PhD student (m/f/d) in the field of Computational Materials Science - Interface Engineering and Computational Microstructures Design



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 5.2 - Experimental and Model Based Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

To strengthen our team in the section 5.2 “Experimental and Model Based Mechanical Behaviour of Materials” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.01.2021, we are looking for a

PhD student (m/f/d) in the field of Computational Materials Science - Interface Engineering and Computational Microstructures Design

Salary group E 13 TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months
The scope of the position is based on the guidelines of the DFG.

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.

<strong>Project description</strong>: Materials microstructures usually contain a huge number of “grain boundaries” and “phase boundaries”. These interfaces can have great impacts on the properties and performance of the microstructure. In this project, we explore novel approaches for designing and engineering interfaces using mean-field and phase-field thermodynamic and kinetic modeling. The results of the project will contribute to the novel knowledge-based design of materials via data-driven approaches.

Your responsibilities include:

  • development of a thermodynamic model and necessary computational tools for studying and designing interfaces in alloys
  • programming, performing systematic modeling and simulation studies of binary and ternary multiphase alloy systems
  • conducting collaborative works with scientific partners in the project
  • reporting reguarly to the supervisors and presenting the results in internal and international conferences
  • submitting a PhD thesis on the topic

Your qualifications:

  • a university degree (diploma/masters) in materials science, physics or related fields is required
  • solid understanding of the thermodynamic and kineticsis required
  • experience in programming is required; knoledge of C++ and Python programming is advantageous
  • experience in modeling and simulation techniques is required; knowledge of phase-field modeling is advantageous
  • excellent command proved in written and spoken English is required

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 <em><strong>in English</strong></em> via the online application form by 12.12.2020. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 228/20-5.2 to:

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

Dr. Kamachali will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-3107 and/or by email to <a>Reza.Kamachali@bam.de.

In the application, please send us
(i) your letter of motivation
(ii) CV and
(iii) transcript of bachelor and master studies,
all as a single PDF file.

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.