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Bun­des­an­stalt für Mate­ri­al­for­schung und -prü­fung - Sec­tion S.3 "eSci­ence“ in Ber­lin-Steglitz

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.

Under­gradu­ate Assist­ant (m/f/d) in the field of study Com­puter Sci­ence, Engin­eer­ing or sim­ilar

35 - 40 hours/month
Tem­por­ary con­tract for 6 month
Hourly wage 12,68 Euro

Work­ing field:

In an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary pro­ject for the auto­mated pro­duc­tion of mater­i­als, a com­pact robot­ics plat­form will be built that will assist with import­ant tasks in mater­ial syn­thesis. This includes hand­ling liquids and solids, trans­port­ing vials and sub­strates with a robotic arm, and basic syn­thesis and ana­lysis.

The com­pact robotic plat­form is cur­rently under con­struc­tion and fur­ther work is required to design this plat­form, in addi­tion to using the new hard­ware to per­form sample pre­par­a­tion tasks in col­lab­or­a­tion with our research­ers. The work will involve hard­ware integ­ra­tion tasks, where meth­ods need to be pro­grammed to com­mu­nic­ate with hard­ware com­pon­ents using a man­u­fac­turer-spe­cified pro­tocol.

The young and agile pro­ject team of sci­ent­ists and staff is involved in the con­struc­tion of the robot­ics plat­form in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary way. Hard­ware-related pro­gram­ming, for example using an Ardu­ino/Python frame­work, will be used to con­trol the devices.

  • Hard­ware-related pro­gram­ming in Python and/or C++
  • Pro­gram­ming using the phys­ical com­put­ing plat­form Ardu­ino
  • Trans­fer or refact­or­ing of exist­ing source code in Python via Jupy­ter note­books
  • Sup­port­ing fur­ther tasks in the field of data sci­ence


  • Stu­dent of a com­puter sci­ence, engin­eer­ing, or com­par­able sub­ject, prefer­ably with a bach­elor's degree
  • Very good know­ledge of rel­ev­ant pro­gram­ming lan­guages such as Python and/or C++
  • Exper­i­ence with col­lab­or­at­ive soft­ware pro­jects using ver­sion con­trol sys­tems (e.g., Git) is desir­able
  • Ini­tial exper­i­ence with Ardu­ino is desir­able
  • Ini­tial exper­i­ence with com­puter vis­ion lib­rar­ies (e.g., OpenCV or skim­age) is desir­able
  • Interest in sci­entific work, as well as in top­ics such as hard­ware-related pro­gram­ming and tech­nical com­puter sci­ence
  • Good know­ledge of Eng­lish
  • Abil­ity to work (as well as organ­ize and struc­ture tasks) inde­pend­ently

You are enrolled at a Ger­man uni­versity for the period of employ­ment.
The max­imum work­ing time with a part-time job is 80 hours per month.

What 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

How to ap­ply:

We wel­come applic­a­tions via the online applic­a­tion form

until 28. Feb­ru­ary 2021. Altern­at­ively, you can also send your applic­a­tion by post, quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber 38/21-S.3 to:

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

Dr Muth will be glad to answer any spe­cific ques­tions you may have. Please get in touch via the tele­phone num­ber +49 30 8104-1943 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 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 low level of phys­ical aptitude.