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Fellowship in Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring using Ultrasound

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    11/09/2020 20:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Germany, Berlin
    Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
    Non-Destructive Testing



The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) is a senior scientific and technical Federal institute with responsibility to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. BAM is a world-leading centre of excellence for “Safety in technology and chemistry”. It develops and applies cutting-edge key technologies to carry out interdisciplinary research integrating material sciences, materials engineering, and chemistry.

At BAM, almost 1,700 employees work in 11 departments ranging from Analytical Chemistry to Containment Systems for Dangerous Goods and Safety of Structures. Among the 1,700 employees are approx. 200 junior scientists and almost 150 PhD students, as well as over 60 students.


Safety creates markets. Our mission statement is: We ensure safety in technology and chemistry. We set and represent high standards for Germany and its global markets, embedding a “Made in Germany” culture of quality. We test, research and advise to protect people, the environment and material goods.


In an interdisciplinary team of junior and senior scientists, we (Department 8.4 “Non-Destructive Testing - Acoustic and Electromagnetic Methods”) develop ultrasonic methods for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) applications, e.g. for fibre reinforced composites and additive manufacturing. We are a leading institution in the field of simulating wave propagation using the Scaled Boundary Finite Element Method for guided wave propagation and wave propagation in periodic structures. Our work combines fundamental research on the physics of acoustical wave propagation and their numerical simulation with applied research on NDT and acoustic sensor technologies.


Our research priorities are

  • Structural Health Monitoring, particularly using guided waves
  • Development of numerical simulation methods
  • Laser ultrasound for non-destructive testing


Current topics of our working group are

  • Development of efficient simulation tools for ultrasonic wave propagation
  • Phased array technique for ultrasonic testing
  • Guided waves for Structural Health Monitoring in fibre-reinforced plastics (GFRP / CFRP), plate-like components, pipes and pressure vessels
  • Material characterization with laser ultrasound
  • Imaging methods for ultrasonic testing, e.g. SAFT, TFM
  • Design, development and qualification of Structural Health Monitoring Systems for safety-relevant components
  • Adapted guided wave excitation and detection techniques, e.g. using modulated Laser systems
  • Development of maintenance and inspection methods based on ultrasonic guided waves


In this exciting and interdisciplinary field, we offer Postdocs and other experienced scientists the opportunity to do research as part of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship or Humboldt Fellowship. BAM's research coordination office provides extensive support to minimise proposal preparation effort and increase chances of success.


We offer

  • Individual consultation meetings (face-to-face, phone or Skype)
  • Information packages, incl. annotated proposal templates, guidelines, text snippets, etc.
  • Information on BAM services that might be useful for your project.
  • Access to successful proposals as “Good-Practice-examples”.
  • BAM Proposal Clinic: we provide you with in-depth feedback on your application drafts to guarantee a competitive proposal.


In addition, BAM´s research service unit provides support on all financial and administrative proposal preparation matters. Your supervisor at BAM will establish contact between you and the BAM research coordination office as well as BAM research services unit.


Our laboratories specialised in acoustic and electromagnetic methods for non-destructive testing, are located at the BAM headquarters in the southwest of the vibrant capital Berlin in the district of Steglitz. The capital city of Germany is a city like no other in the world, pulsating with museums, tasty beer, cultural landmarks, creative minds, an unimaginable history, and a wild nightlife. Berlin is a city celebrated for its freedom, creativity, and cool grungy attitude.


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