Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) in the field of materials science with a focus on the preservation of historical monuments or a comparable discipline



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 31.05.2023


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Department 4 - Materials and the Environment

To strengthen our team in the department "Materials and the Environment" in Berlin-Steglitz, starting at the next possible date, we are looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) in the field of materials science with a focus on the preservation of historical monuments or a comparable discipline

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 31.05.2023
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:

Processing of the research project AbifFa "Surface functionalisation 2.0. algae biofilm facades for cleaner air and an improved urban climate" in the Zukunft Bau programme. Your tasks include in particular:

  • Design and planning of experiments
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of biofilm experiments in the laboratory and in the field
  • Optimisation of the environmental simulation system (HI-Tension)
  • Determination of growth and biodeterioration rates for material-colonising microorganisms (phototrophic and heterotrophic)
  • Cooperation with material scientists, environmental scientists and biologists from various disciplines
  • Data evaluation and interpretation of own results in an international research context
  • Writing scientific publications and reports and presenting the results at scientific conferences

Your qualifications:

  • Successfully completed academic university degree (Master's degree or diploma) in the field of materials science with a focus on heritage conservation or a comparable field of study
  • PhD in biology and applied biotechnology with a focus on heritage conservation and lichenology or microbiology
  • Several years of experience in working with environmentally exposed inorganic surfaces (stones, monuments, building facades)
  • Extensive experience with laboratory and field experiments as well as in the corresponding investigation and analysis methods
  • Proven experience in the assessment and monitoring of exposed inorganic surfaces, with a particular emphasis on the effectiveness of the measures
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Good knowledge of German, both written and spoken, is an advantage
  • Willingness for interdisciplinary cooperation and further training
  • Publications in peer-reviewed, scientific journals as first author and experience in oral presentations at international, scientific congresses
  • Good communication and information behaviour, goal-oriented and structures way of working, initiative/commitment, ability to work in a team, conceptual 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 and mobile working

Your application:

We welcome applications via the online application form by 09.08.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number KZ 207/21-4.0 to:

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

Prof. Dr. Anna Gorbushina will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via the telephone number +49 30 8104-1400 and/or by email to

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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