PhD student (m/f/d) in the field of solid Materials science, solid state physics, engineering physics, physics or comparable



Reference number


Employment category

Full time /

Preferred start date



E 13 TVöD

Contract Term

Limited / 3 Jahre


Berlin Steglitz

Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin

Division 5.5 - Advanced Technical Ceramics

To strengthen our team in the division “Advanced Technical Ceramics” in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.01.2022, we are looking for a

PhD student (m/f/d) in the field of solid Materials science, solid state physics, engineering physics, physics or comparable

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months
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:

Scientific work on the project "In-situ tomography with extended dynamic range for the process optimisation of ceramic multilayer systems" (isi-HDR):

  • Development and application of X-ray tomographic methods for the non-destructive characterisation of ceramic multilayer systems (LTCCs)
  • Design and fabrication of LTCC test structures
  • Sintering experiments and shrinkage measurements on LTCCs
  • Development of an approach to use multiple X-ray beam energies for dynamic range extension
  • In-situ tomographic imaging to study the shrinkage process of ceramics during firing
    Development of software for statistical analysis of data sets (algorithms for the detection of volume changes and for the quantification of the morphology of pores and cracks)
  • Collaboration with internal and external groups and presentation of own activity through presentations, publications and reports
  • Active participation in the BAM topic area Analytical Science

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (diploma/ master) in the field of materials science, solid state physics, engineering physics, physics or comparable
  • Practical experience in the performance and evaluation of X-ray computed tomographic measurements
  • Basic knowledge of signal processing
  • Basic knowledge of ceramic materials and technologies
  • Very good knowledge of English (spoken and written) is required; good knowledge of German is advantageous
  • General technical understanding and experimental skills are advantageous
  • Knowledge of one or more programming languages relevant to the task (e.g. Python, Matlab) is advantageous
  • Basic knowledge of X-ray diffraction is advantageous
  • Goal-oriented and structured way of working, high level of initiative/commitment, ability to work in a team/willingness to cooperate, willingness to learn as well as conceptual and interdisciplinary 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 06.11.2021. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 288/21-5.5 to:

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

Mr Markoetter and Mr Mieller will be glad to answer any specific questions you may have. Please get in touch with Mr Markötter via the telephone number +49 30 8104-4720 and/or by email to Henning.Markoetter@bam.de or with Mr Mieller via the telephone number +49 30 8104-3504 and/or by email to Bjoern.Mieller@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