Research associate (m/f/d) in the field of physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physical engineering or comparable



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 14.02.2023


Berlin Adlershof

Richard-Willstätter-Straße 11
12489 Berlin

Division 8.7 - Thermographic Methods

To strengthen our team in the division “Thermographic Methods” in Berlin-Adlershof, starting 15.02.2021, we are looking for a

Research associate (m/f/d) in the field of physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physical engineering or comparable

Salary Group E13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 14.02.2023
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 implementation of research activities in the field of in-situ process monitoring of build-up processes using additive manufacturing with laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) and quantitative thermography
  • Collaboration in the development and set-up of a research system for additive manufacturing using L-PBF
  • Integration of cameras for optical tomography into the L-PBF system
  • Development of measurement and evaluation methods for in-situ emissivity determination using SWIR and MWIR cameras and for geometric calibration of camera systems using tilt shift optics
  • Performance of numerical simulations with simplified models for investigating the dependence of temperature transients on component geometry and scanning strategy
  • Development of reference building processes for the targeted production of test specimens with defects and systematic data acquisition with thermography and optical tomography during the reference building processes
  • Use of suitable reference methods to detect defects and inhomogeneities
  • Development of data analysis procedures based on methods of AI for the correlation of the detected defects with process parameters and with results of in-situ monitoring
  • Development of control loops for process optimization
  • Coordination and application of third-party funded research projects
  • Supervision of young scientists (student assistants, bachelor and master theses)
  • Development and maintenance of an international network for in-situ monitoring in additive manufacturing
  • Publication of the results in national and international peer-reviewed journals as well as presentations at conferences and meetings

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (diploma/master) with a very good rating in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physical engineering or comparable
  • Extensive knowledge and many years of experience in the production and evaluation of metallic components using additive manufacturing
  • Extensive knowledge of optical and electronic measurement technology in non-destructive testing
  • Experience in in-situ thermography and optical tomography
  • Extensive experience in programming with Matlab, Python or similar scripting languages
  • Experimental skills and innovative spirit
  • Very good German and English language skills, spoken and written
  • Strong ability to work in a team, social competence and personal responsibility

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 08.01.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 265/20-8.7 to:

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

Ms Maierhofer will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1441 and/or by email to Christiane-Maierhofer@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.