In conversation with Deborah Mohrmann


Deborah Mohrmann works as a business developer at Fraunhofer IAF in the field of optoelectronics and accompanies various projects such as scanners for hazardous materials and quantum magnetometers. In a video interview, she talks about the challenging task of mediating between science, industry and the market and getting tomorrow’s technologies off the ground.

Many chances to join Fraunhofer IAF

Many paths lead to Fraunhofer IAF. Whether as student for a bachelor’s or master’s thesis, as a doctoral candidate, post-doc, career starter or career changer—there are many chances to join our institute. In our scientific and technical departments as well as in administration, we are constantly looking for new talent to grow our institute of around 280 people.

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Tasks of a Business Developer

As the market dynamic increases, scouting and evaluation of emerging areas of growth is becoming increasingly important in research. That is why business development starts before a project has even begun in order to ensure relevant and future-oriented research. In the course of a project, business development then functions as an important interface between scientists and customers and, once the research work has been completed, it ensures that the new technology finds its way from the laboratory to industry.

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Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project Quantum Magnetometry “QMag”

The spatial resolution and sensitivity of today’s magnetometers, such as those used in magnetic resonance imaging, is insufficient for many future applications. The Fraunhofer “QMag” consortium  aims to use quantum technology to further develop . Among other things, an electron in diamond is turned into a scanning magnet.
Find out more about the world’s smallest scanning magnet here.



Work-life balance at Fraunhofer IAF

A balanced relationship between professional and private life is an important part of our corporate philosophy. Various offers at Fraunhofer IAF are designed to enable employees to flexibly organize their professional lives, which also makes the institute stands out within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: This year, we even received the Fraunhofer FamilyLogo.

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Further employees of Fraunhofer IAF in conversation


»The synergies are perfect for a circuit designer like me.«

Fabian Thome, researcher PhD


»The mixing of my Spanish and the German culture was highly productive for my research«

Belén Amado-Rey, researcher PhD


»GaN technology is a real innovation for everyday applications.«

Stefan Mönch, researcher PhD


»The idea is the promotion of young researchers.«

Philipp Döring, Group "mockups"