Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of engineering, applied physics, mathematics or comparable



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 30.09.2021


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 7.7 - Modelling and Simulation

To strengthen our team in the division 7.7 “Modelling and Simulation” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.10.2021, we are looking for a

Research assistant (m/f/d) in the field of engineering, applied physics, mathematics or comparable

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 30.09.2023
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:

Due to the increasing complexity of today's numerical models, which is accompanied by an enormous increase of the required computing power and time, a number of different approaches called model reduction have been developed in the last few decades. The goal is to calculate complex models in less computational time. With such reduced models, e.g. Proper Generalized Decomposition, it is possible to derive models that can be evaluated very efficiently. They allow evaluations, e.g. in the context of complex optimization processes in real time. In particular, the job opening deals with:

  • Further processing of the project „A proper generalized decomposition approach for an efficient structural reliability analysis
  • Development of innovative numerical model order reduction methods for efficient computation of nonlinear, viscoelastic structures and processes (e.g. 3D concrete printing)
  • Development and implementation of a suitable approaches to consider internal variables in the Proper Generalized Decomposition (PGD) method
  • Validation of the numerical models with reference simulations as well as experimental data
  • Coupling of the developed methods within optimization processes (reliability analysis, model calibration, process control)
  • Presentation and publication of the results in research journals as well as on national and international conferences
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation and transfer with national and international research groups

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (diploma / master) in engineering, applied physics, mathematics or comparable
  • PhD or equivalent experience is desirable
  • Very good experiences in technical mechanics and finite element method
  • Very good experience and knowledge in developing of FEM applications (own material, element or solver routines)
  • Very good programming skills with e.g. C++ and python
  • Ideally experiences in continuum mechanics, nonlinear material modeling and model reduction methods, especially Proper Generalized Decomposition (PGD)
  • Very good oral and written skills in German and English
  • Good communication and Information behaviour, goal-oriented and structured way of working, initiative / commitment, ability to work in a Team / willingness to cooperate, willingness to learn

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 and mobile working

Your application:

We welcome applications via the online application form by 15.08.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 205/21-7.7 to:

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

Dr. Unger will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch by email to Joerg.Unger@bam.de.
Dr. Robens-Radermacher can also be contacted for questions by email to Annika.Robens-Radermacher@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 especially 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.

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