Postdoctoral candidate (m/f/d) in the field of natural science or engineering



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD | A 13 BBesO

Contract Term

Unlimited /


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 2.6 - Testing and Evaluation of Explosives and Pyrotechnics

To strengthen our team in the division “Testing and Evaluation of Explosives and Pyrotechnics” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.07.2021, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral candidate (m/f/d) in the field of natural science or engineering

Salary group A 13 BBesG/ E 13 TVöD
Permanent contract
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:

  • Research on safety and security aspects with a special focus on hazards during handling, transport and storage of explosives and pyrotechnics
  • Execution of detonation tests as well as simulation of detonation processes
  • Assessment of the safety of facilities for the production and storage of explosives and pyrotechnic articles as well as investigation of accidents and incidents
  • Classification of explosives and pyrotechnic articles within the legal framework, including further development and validation of relevant test methods in this field
  • Preparing statements on international and national regulations, in particular for ADR class 1 goods, as well as participation in committees

Your qualifications:

  • Successfully completed scientific university degree specialising in natural science or engineering with at least a good PhD Degree
  • Fulfillment of the career prerequisites for federal civil servants
  • Knowledge of handling highly reactive substances, preferably explosives or pyrotechnic objects
  • Knowledge of the safety assessment of explosives and pyrotechnic articles is desirable
  • Knowledge of the safety assessment of explosives, pyrotechnic articles and ammunition, taking into account the relevant legal provisions (SprengG, WaffG and BeschussG ) and technical regulations is desirable
  • Experience in the acquisition and management of R&D projects and corresponding scientific project management and Publishing
  • Experience in supervision of young scientists is desirable
  • Very good, precise and appropriate oral and written communication skills in German and English
  • Consultation skills as well as interest in interdisciplinary, scientific work
  • Proven publication activity in the relevant research area
  • Good communication and information skills, goal-oriented and structured way of working, initiative/commitment and ability to make decisions, ability to work in a team and willingness to cooperate, 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

Applicants from the public sector are asked for a declaration of consent to inspect their personnel file. At the same time, you must be prepared to undergo any subsequent checks that may be required in accordance with the Security Clearance Act (Sicherheitsüberprüfungsgesetz - SÜG).

Your application:

We welcome applications via the online application form by 09.05.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 106/21-2.6 to:

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

Ms Dudek will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1260 and/or by email to Gabriele.Dudek@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.