»Every piece is a new challenge that requires new ideas and approaches.«

In this interview, Thomas Trendle talks about the role of precision mechanics at Fraunhofer IAF and describes the process from the first idea to a finished piece.

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»Creating a relationship built on trust is important for the team spirit.«

In this Interview, Jutta Kühn talks about her work as the head of the microelectronics department and about the challenge to work part-time.

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Of highly sensitive Satellites and the passion for research

In the interview Markus Rösch speaks about how his team has developed highly sensitive amplifiers for the ESA and when the satellites will be launched into space.

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Impacting the research landscape with laser technologies

»What I like best about my work at Fraunhofer IAF is the application-oriented research. Through the close cooperation with industry partners, I can implement my findings in practice within a relatively short time.«

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»Expertise and advanced technology levels make research in Germany so attractive.«

Belén Amado-Rey, a PhD student from Cáceres in Spain, is enthusiastic about the high level of the research landscape in Germany. In the interview, she introduces her research topic and her motivation for a scientific career in Germany.

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Start your future at Fraunhofer IAF

Whether you start your career with us in a job training program or during your studies, as a doctorate in self-responsible project work or contribute your valuable work experience – the Fraunhofer IAF offers you diverse and exciting tasks in scientific, technical and administrative occupations.

What you can expect:

  • Excellent working conditions and infrastructure
  • An extraordinary level of granted independence and broad  access to our scientific equipment
  • The opportunity to benefit from our further training and professional development programs
  • A family-friendly workplace

We emphasize the equality of men and women 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.

Doctorate at Fraunhofer IAF

we offer a direct way into a varied work profile with extensive research freedom.

How to apply

For a successful application you should consider some important guidelines.

HR Excellence in Research

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 receive the Logo.

Here you can find more information.

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For students

During an internship spanning several weeks you can gain insight into the research and development work at Fraunhofer IAF. Our institute regularly offers BOGY / BORS internships.

Please send us your current certificate, a short CV and an indication of the period in which you would like to do the internship by mail.


Grant program


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 female talents support at every step in their Fraunhofer career throughout two years, as well as a comprehensive accompanying program with a broad scope for the personal career development and the opportunity to network with other women at Fraunhofer. Fraunhofer Institutes participating in the TALENTA program are granted internal funds in order to finance additional time and individual training.