Jobs and career

Shaping the future

Whether in research, technology or administration, as a young professional or old hand — Fraunhofer IAF offers promising job opportunities in an international scientific environment. As one of the few research institutes worldwide, we perform research and development work along the entire semiconductor value chain — in the context of public projects as well as for industry. Join our team to work directly on the pulse of technological progress and experience firsthand how innovations are created that shape tomorrow.

We emphasize the equality of all genders and promote the integration of people with disabilities. We see great potential in the interplay of people who differ in age, cultural backgrounds and disciplines.

Reasons for Fraunhofer IAF

Research infrastructure and know-how

High-performance research infrastructure along the entire value chain and diverse employee expertise in the research and development of compound semiconductors and synthetic diamond

Application proximity and research freedom

Application-oriented projects and close contacts with industry and public clients alongside continuous participation in the current research discourse as well as freedom in your own research

Specialization and interdisciplinarity

Opportunities for specialization as well as interdisciplinary work through a wide range of research areas from power, high-frequency and optoelectronics to quantum technologies

Current job offers



Turn scientific excellence into economic success by putting technological innovations into practice.


Technology and laboratory

Enable top-level science by ensuring the smooth operation of a technically demanding research infrastructure.



Make space for innovative research and development work by keeping an eye on processes and having the researchers’ backs.

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Student jobs

Gain valuable professional experience and contacts during your studies by working with the best in your field.


PhD positions

Conduct research at the interface to application by combining scientific work with project work while establishing industry contacts at an early stage.



Write your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis in an environment of top international research and benefit from the know-how of our experienced employees.



Learn your trade in an internationally oriented institute with high-tech machinery where challenging tasks await you.

Employee benefits

Scientific reputation

Globally recognized scientific excellence in III-V semiconductor technologies and synthetic diamond

Development opportunities

Personal development opportunities through further training measures

Compatibility of career and family

Comprehensive childcare services, e.g. a childcare office, places in the local Fraunhofer daycare center and support from the PME family service, including when caring for relatives


Working environment

A modern, well-equipped and international working environment

Company pension scheme

Retirement pension, disability pension and survivors’ pension by VBL

Joint activities

Internal sports activities, joint events and celebrations, regular presentations and information formats

Further information


Fraunhofer as an employer

Fraunhofer is the world’s leading organization for applied research and offers a wide range of research fields and career opportunities. 


BOGY internship

In the BOGY internship you will gain exciting insights into everyday research work at Fraunhofer IAF. Apply to Kerstin Trenkle with a current school report, short CV and the desired period of the internship.


TALENTA for women

Fraunhofer TALENTA is a program for women in research, focused on the STEM subjects such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and physics.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Click on the “Apply now” button in the desired job advertisement. This will take you to our application system. After registering, you can upload your application documents (CV, cover letter, references). You are welcome to edit data or upload further documents at a later date.

    Please note that we do not accept applications by e-mail. Please use the application system.

  • Yes, if you are interested in several job offers at Fraunhofer IAF, you are welcome to apply for several positions.

  • Please provide us with your complete application documents. These should include the following: an individual letter of application, your CV and, in particular, your certificates and references.

    Additional information: If you are applying as a research assistant, Master’s or Bachelor’s student, please enclose a current certificate of study, your school certificate and your Bachelor’s/Master’s degree certificate (if available).

  • If you have found an interesting vacancy, please apply directly via our online application system. Once we have received your application, you will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt. Your application will then be carefully reviewed by both the HR group and the relevant specialist department. In the event of a positive assessment, you will be invited to an initial interview, which will take place either virtually or on site at the institute.

    Depending on the position and career level you are aiming for, you may be invited to a further interview. The number of interviews and your interview counterpart will depend on the requirements of the position.

  • After the automatic confirmation of receipt, it can take approx. 2 to 4 weeks for our recruiting team and the department to make a preliminary decision on your application. In individual cases, it may take a little longer. You will receive a reply from us in any case.

  • No, there is no application deadline. As long as a vacancy is published, we look forward to receiving your application.

  • Please get in touch directly with the contact person named in the correspoinding vacancy.


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