Doctorate: the first complete GaN-based tri-gate technology

After joining Fraunhofer IAF as a research assistant four years ago, he is now nearly finished with his PhD in power electronics. In an interview, he explains what excites him about his research topic and why he wants to stay at Fraunhofer IAF even after completing his degree.

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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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»Researchers here never give up.«

Taro Yoshikawa, a PhD student from Yokohama in Japan, took the chance to contribute to the diamond research at the Fraunhofer IAF in order to become part of the »fast research cycle in Germany«.

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Start your future at Fraunhofer IAF

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For a convincing application you should follow some important guidelines.

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:

  • A modernly equipped and international work environment 
  • Close contacts with industry and public-sector clients 
  • Space for independent work and creative shaping 
  • Opportunities for personal development through further training
  • Support in balancing the interests of family and career

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.

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

Grant program TALENTA

Grant program for women in research

Fraunhofer is one of Germany's top employers

In the Universum ranking, students and professionals ranked us third among the most popular employers in Germany in the natural sciences.

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