Fraunhofer as an employer

Fraunhofer regularly ranks among the top 100 most popular employers in Germany. Our consistently good positioning in the rankings speaks for itself.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Fraunhofer research teams are composed of a well-balanced mix of members. This enables them to exploit the creative potential of both sexes and a variety of different age groups, cultural backgrounds and scientific disciplines, and thus improve the quality of their results.

Work-Life Balance

The ability to achieve a happy equilibrium between leisure interests, family and work lies at the very heart of the equal opportunities ethos. A healthy work-life balance is a high priority for all our staff.

To be an attractive employer, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft needs to give employees every opportunity to organize their work flexibly. Looking towards the future, our intention is to systematically expand the part-time and teleworking arrangements we already offer.

Excellent Training and Development

The Fraunhofer Academy offers specialists and managers excellent training and development based on the research activity of the Fraunhofer institutes in cooperation with selected and prestigious partner universities. The latest findings from applied research are channeled directly into the teaching content, providing a genuine platform for research and innovation.


Förderprogramm TALENTA

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

It offers support at every step in the Fraunhofer career throughout two years, as well as a comprehensive program for the personal career development and the opportunity to network with other women.


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»trendence« Young Professionals Barometer 2021

In the »trendence« Young Professionals Barometer 2021, Fraunhofer achieves 2nd place in the industry ranking »Research«. In the »trendence« Graduate Barometer 2021, Fraunhofer achieves 1st place in the industry ranking »Research« among computer science graduates and the 2nd place among Graduates of engineering ans well as natural sciences.

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HR Excellence in Research

The EU Commission recognizes Fraunhofer's Integrated Human Resources Management. In December 2017, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was awarded the logo »HR Excellence in Research« from the European Commission in recognition of its outstanding Integrated Human Resources Management. Fraunhofer is one of first organizations for applied research in Germany to be awarded this logo.




Fraunhofer IAF is regarded as an Attractive Employer

In the »Universum Young Professional Survey 2021« Fraunhofer achieves 6th place in the field of »natural sciences«. Also in the field of »natural sciences« the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft once again took third place in Universum's student survey 2021 and thus earned the distinction of being an attractive employer. On an annual basis Universum surveys over 1,500,000 students and professionals worldwide.






Awarded the Fraunhofer Family Logo

Fraunhofer IAF is awarded the Family Logo of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for excellent offers to support family and work life.