Doctoral student (m/f/d) - X-ray analytics and simulation of energetic materials under extreme conditions- in the field of physics, chemistry or a cognate discipline



Reference number


Employment category

Part-time / 65 %

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 36 Monate


Berlin Adlershof

Richard-Willstätter-Straße 11
12489 Berlin

Department 6 - Materials Chemistry

To strengthen our team in the department “Materials Chemistry” in Berlin-Adlershof, starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a

Doctoral student (m/f/d) - X-ray analytics and simulation of energetic materials under extreme conditions- in the field of physics, chemistry or a cognate discipline

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months
65 % of regular number of working hours

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:

Energetic materials (explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics) are exposed to extreme conditions (high pressures and temperatures) during initiation and detonation. Understanding energetic materials response to these conditions is crucial for rationalising their reactivity. Extensive work has explored the effects of pressure and temperature on the atomic structure of energetic materials, with comparatively little evidence of how these conditions affect their electronic structures and hence chemical reactivity. This project will study the electronic structure of energetic materials under extreme conditions through the combined use of X-ray Raman spectroscopy and atomistic simulation. Specific tasks include:

  • Design and development of a synchrotron-based X-ray Raman spectrometer using hard X-rays
  • The experimental and theoretical study of energetic materials under extreme conditions
  • Documentation, evaluation and interpretation of data
  • Publication, presentation and documentation of the results in scientific articles, reports and at national and international conferences
  • Supervision of junior academic staff (e.g. BSc/MSc students)

Your qualifications:

  • Successfully completed scientific university studies (Master's degree or equivalent) in the field of physics, chemistry or a cognate disciplin In the case of foreign educational qualifications, please send us the relevant proof of equivalence with a German qualification. For further information, please visit the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) at http://www.kmk.org/themen/anerkennung-auslaendischer-abschluesse.html.
  • Programming knowledge in a higher programming language (Python or similar)
  • Knowledge of materials simulation methodologies is beneficial
  • Knowledge of X-ray spectroscopy is beneficial
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English is a prerequisite
  • Good skills in scientific writing and presenting in front of an audience
  • Good communication and Information behaviour, initiative/commitment, willingness and ability to make decisions, ability to work in a Team/willingness to cooperate and 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 04.10.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 262/21-6.0 to:

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

Adam Michalchuk, Ph.D. will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch via by email to Adam.Michalchuk@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.

Stay in touch with us:

150 Years BAM – Science with Impact. Celebrate with us: https://150.bam.de

Subscribe to our newsletter: https://150.bam.de/newsletter

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BAMResearch