To strengthen our team in the division 4.1 "Biodeterioration and Reference Organisms" in Berlin-Steglitz, starting 01.05.2023, we are looking for a
Postdoctoral Research Assistant (m/f/d) in the field of biology, microbiology or comparable
Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract until 31.08.2026
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.
Surfaces in highly frequented areas, such as door openers or handles in public transport, door handles in doctors' surgeries or PIN pads at ATMs can enable the transmission and spread of viruses or bacteria. The goal of the EU-funded STOP (Surface Transfer of Pathogens) project consortium is to develop nanocoatings for surfaces that can effectively limit these transmission routes in the future. Within the framework of the project, various active substances are being developed that enable highly flexible and durable coatings, possess a broad spectrum of antiviral and antimicrobial properties and prevent the development of resistance. The scope of the position advertised here is dedicated to the efficacy testing of the new, antimicrobial materials, the potential development of resistance and project coordination.
Your responsibilities include:
Scientific implementation of the STOP: ‘Surface Transfer of Pathogens’ project
Determining the susceptibility of bacteria to novel biocidal surfaces
Planning, conducting, and evaluating experiments to determine the development of resistance in bacteria on biocidal surfaces
Supporting the coordination of an international scientific project with 15 project partners
Writing scientific publications and project reports. Presenting the results at scientific conferences
Completed scientific university studies (diploma/master's degree) in the field of biology or comparable
Doctorate in the field of microbiology
Practical experience with susceptibility testing of bacteria against biocides or antibiotics; such experience with antimicrobial surfaces is an advantage
Practical experience in planning, conducting, and analysing evolution experiments and competition experiments with microorganisms
Practical experience in conducting and analysing genome sequencing of evolved bacteria
Practical experience in the genetic modification of bacteria is an advantage
Knowledge of the adaptation of bacteria to stress is desirable
Experience in communication with project partners and other stakeholders is an advantage
Practical experience in writing project reports and scientific publications, demonstrated by at least one publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal as first author
Good communication and information behaviour, goal-oriented and structured way of working, initiative/willingness and ability to take decisions, ability to work in a team and willingness to cooperate
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
Various opportunities for further training in internal and external courses
We welcome applications via the online application form by 11.12.2022. Alternatively, you can also send your application by post, quoting the reference number 358/22-4.1 to:
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und ‑prüfung Referat Z.3 – Personal Unter den Eichen 87 12205 Berlin GERMANY www.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 high level of physical aptitude.
BAM actively supports the compatibility of work and family and has
been certified as a family- and life-phase-conscious employer by the
"audit berufundfamilie" since 2015.