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Doctoral candidate specializing in physical chemistry, physics, mechanical or chemical engineering (21-389-3) Thursday, 21. October 2021

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the national metrology institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with scientific and technical service tasks. It furthers progress and reliability in metrology for society, the economy and science.


With a starting date as soon as possible, Department 3.3, Physical Chemistry, is looking for a candidate to fill the following position at our Braunschweig site for a duration of three years:



Doctoral candidate specializing in
physical chemistry, physics, mechanical or chemical engineering
Remuneration Group 13 TVöD Bund (85 %) ○ fixed-term contract



Your tasks:

  • Commissioning and enhancing a new measuring device based on mass spectrometry for the on-site chemical analysis of thermochemical conversion processes
  • Conducting research & development activities on the energy conversion processes of hydrogen and mixtures of hydrogen and natural gas as well as on soot formation in alternative fuels
  • Developing the associated signal processing software
  • Performing and assessing experiments using, among other things, analytical methods based on mass spectrometry and laser spectroscopy
  • Developing, improving and validating chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms
  • Reducing measurement uncertainties by optimizing the measurement and assessment procedures used



Your profile:

  • You have completed your university studies (German Diplom or Master's) in physical chemistry, physics, mechanical or chemical engineering.
  • Knowledge and practical experience, preferably in several of the following fields, are a prerequisite:
    o   the chemical processes of combustion
    o   mass spectrometry
    o   shock tube techniques
    o   laser diagnostics
  • You are interested in experimental work and computer simulations.
  • Knowledge of the software programs Matlab, Cantera/Chemkin, and Labview would be an advantage.
  • You are able to perform goal-oriented scientific work.
  • You are a strong team player with excellent communication skills.
  • You have a high level of commitment and responsibility and are able to work autonomously.
  • You have a good command of scientific and technical English, both written and spoken.
  • You are willing to travel within Germany and abroad within the scope of your assignment.



We offer:

  • A position at one of the world’s leading research institutions which has an excellent infrastructure
  • Intensive PhD supervision in an interdisciplinary team
  • Remuneration in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement for the public service (Tarifvertrag öffentlicher Dienst Bund – TVöD for the federal level)
  • Various workplace health and wellness options
  • Good transport connections (bus and bike); free parking
  • In-house daycare center and canteen


You will find further information related to this position here and by contacting:
Prof. Dr. R. Fernandes, phone: +49 531 592-3300, e-mail: ravi.fernandes(at)ptb.de.



PTB promotes the professional equality of women and men and is thus especially interested in applications from women.
Within the scope of the official feasibilities, PTB offers flexible part-time work schemes in order to support in particular the compatibility of work and family life.
Disabled persons will be given priority if they have the same occupational aptitude.


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Alternatively, you can send your application to us at the following postal address:


Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
Referat “Personal”
Reference number 21-389-3
Bundesallee 100
38116 Braunschweig


Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications sent via email.


Applications can be submitted from 9 September 2021 until 21 October 2021.