PhD student (m/f/d) in Computational Materials Science - Grain Boundary 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 as soon as possible, we are looking for a

PhD student (m/f/d) in Computational Materials Science - Grain Boundary 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 interfaces such as “grain boundaries” and “phase boundaries”. These interfaces can have great impacts on the properties and performance of the microstructure. Currently, designing materials through modifying such interfaces is an attractive branch of materials research, rapidly growing. In this project, we will develop cutting-edge thermodynamics an data driven tools for studying and engineer interfaces.

Your responsibilities include:

  • development of a thermodynamic model and necessary computational tools for studying and designing interfaces in alloys
  • systematic modeling and simulation studies of multicomponent, multiphase alloy systems such as steel
  • 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, metallurgy, physics or related fields is required
  • solid understanding of materials microstructure, thermodynamic and kinetics is required
  • experience in modeling and simulation and programming is required
  • knowledge of C++ and Python programming is advantageous
  • 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 14.05.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 113/21-5.2 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.