Ph.D. Student (m/f/d) in the field of Chemistry, biochemistry or a comparable area



Reference number


Employment category

Part-time / 65 %

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 36 Monate


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 4.1 - Biodeterioration and Reference Organisms

To strengthen our team in the division “Biodeterioration und Referenzorganismen” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting as soon as possible we are looking for a

Ph.D. Student (m/f/d) in the field of Chemistry, biochemistry or a comparable area

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months
under the reserve that funds are granted
65 % of regular number of working hours

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.

The advertised position is part of a bilateral project between the BAM and the institute of resource ecology (IRE) at the Helmholtz-Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR, Dresden). The IRE performs research to protect humans and the environment from hazards caused by pollutants resulting from technical processes that produce energy and raw materials.

The tasks are performed both in Berlin (at BAM) and in Dresden (at HZDR).

We are looking for talented people to join us.

Your responsibilities include:

Conducting experiments and analytics on high-level radioactive waste management associated with the "Nuclear Waste Management, Safety and Radiation Research" program in the Helmholtz Association's "Energy" research field. These include in particular:

  • Comparative analysis of corrosive, sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) in anaerobic dynamic flow and static batch systems as pure culture
  • Simulation of environmental influences and subsequent investigation of corroded metals
  • Investigation of metallic materials on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC)
  • Characterization and identification of corrosion products by Tof-SIMS, CLSM, SEM, RAMAN-spectroscopy
  • Analysis of microbial diversity
  • Work with Radionuclides and their interactions with potentially formed secondary phases
  • Presentation of research results as reports and publications as well as at international conferences and meetings

Your qualifications:

  • Excellent MSc. or equivalent degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a comparable area. In the case of foreign educational qualifications, please send us the relevant proof of equivalence with a German qualification. For further information, please refer to the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) at http://www.kmk.org/themen/anerkennung-auslaendischer-abschluesse.html.
  • Basic knowledge in electrochemistry, mineralogy or geology
  • Knowledge and experience in anaerobic techniques is desirable
  • Experience in molecular biology and sequencing (extraction of DNA, PCR, RISA, RT-PCR) is beneficial
  • Good verbal and written German and English skills are required
  • Good skills in scientific writing and presenting in front of an audience
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work as well as independent, well-organized, structured, careful and self-responsible working methods
  • Commitment, ability to cooperate and work in a team
  • Willingness to work partially in Berlin (at the BAM) and in Dresden (at the HZDR)

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 January 24, 2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 274/20-4.1 to:

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

Ms Dr. Andrea Koerdt will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1416 and/or by email to Andrea.Koerdt@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.