Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of Materials science, chemistry or a comparable discipline



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 31.05.2024


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 4.2 - Materials and Air Pollutants

To strengthen our team in the division “Materials and Air Pollutions” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.06.2021, we are looking for a

Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of Materials science, chemistry or a comparable discipline

Salary group 13 TVöD
Subject to the approval of funds
Temporary contract until 31.05.2024
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:

Scientific collaboration in the European joint research project 20NRM04 MetrIAQ "Metrology for the determination of emissions of dangerous substances from building materials into indoor air", which is funded within the framework of the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR) and coordinated by BAM. In the project, reference materials and certified reference gases are to be developed for the quality assurance of test methods for the determination of gaseous emissions from building materials and other products that can be used indoors. The overall objective is to improve the European metrological infrastructure in the field of materials emissions testing. Your tasks will involve:

  • Technical and organisational management of the work package “Development of constantly emitting reference material (ERM) and gaseous primary and certified reference materials (gPRM and gCRM) to improve the QA/QC of the emission test chamber method according to EN 16516”
  • Characterisation of the candidate reference materials with regard to source strength, emission profile and stability as well as reproducibility of the production in close cooperation with the consortium partners
  • Carrying out emission measurements in emission test chambers and analysing the test chamber air using thermal desorption gas chromatography (TD-GC) and HPLC
  • Preparation of test specimens for these investigations
  • Organisation of an inter-laboratory comparison for the validation of the candidate reference materials
  • Supporting the coordinator in scientific and administrative activities (organising project meetings, writing publications and reports, knowledge transfer, activities within the framework of the project objectives)

Your qualifications:

  • Successfully completed scientific university studies (diploma, master's degree or equivalent) in the field of materials science, chemistry or a comparable discipline
  • Doctorate is an advantage
  • Good expertise in the field of active sampling and analysis of airborne volatile organic compounds (VVOC, VOC, SVOC) by GC/MS, GC/FID with thermodesorption as well as HPLC.
  • High level of analytical chemistry background knowledge
  • Instrumental analytical and manual skills
  • Very good knowledge in the field of validation of measurement methods
  • Knowledge in the calculation, if necessary modelling of mass transport processes in materials
  • Experience in the largely independent processing of third-party funded projects
  • Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken
  • Good skills in scientific writing and presenting in front of an audience
  • Good communication and information behaviour, goal-oriented and structured way of working, willingness and ability to make decisions, ability to work in a team and willingness to cooperate, flexibility as well as conceptual, strategic and innovative thinking skills

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 23.04.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 90/21-4.2 to:

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

Mr Dr. Matthias Richter will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-4132 and/or by email to Matthias.Richter@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.