City:  Aachen
Date:  Mar 24, 2024

Research Associate - Simulation Technology for Sustainable Production

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

At the Fraunhofer IPT in Aachen, we work with more than 530 employees every day to make the production of the future more digital, more flexible and more sustainable. As part of our interdisciplinary team in the department hybrid production machinery, you will be working on numerical simulation of machine components, in particular laser optics and structural mechanics as well as various manufacturing processes (e.g. fiber reinforced plastics production, forming processes, different thermal supported processes). These technologies are used in a variety of industries, including the hydrogen economy, battery cell manufacturing, aviation and automotive.


What you will do

  • You contribute to the development of new production systems and associated digital models for automated, scalable, and sustainable manufacturing through your work
  • Together with the interdisciplinary team, you develop new solutions through simulations and validate the simulation results using experiments and process outcomes
  • You acquire, coordinate, and manage national and international industry and research projects as part of the team
  • You present your research findings to our clients and at international conferences and professional meetings


What you bring to the table

  • Successfully completed scientific university studies (Master's degree, diploma) in mechanical engineering, production engineering or a related discipline
  • You are passionate about applied research in the field of sustainable production and aspire to pursue a doctoral degree in this area
  • You bring initial expertise in numerical simulation (1D to 3D heat conduction and mechanical simulation of metallic and plastic materials) with Abaqus, as well as experience in pre- and post-processing simulation results using Matlab and Python
  • Initiative, strong communication skills, and enjoyment of teamwork are among your strengths
  • You are eager to take on diverse tasks in exciting projects and to grow personally and professionally with us
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken German and English is required


What you can expect

  • Join our dynamic team with a culture of open, collegial collaboration
  • Enjoy diverse tasks and the autonomy to innovate
  • Engage in impactful research and development projects alongside renowned industry partners
  • Benefit from flexible working hours, including remote work options, and comprehensive support services for a healthy work-life balance
  • Access top-notch professional and personal development through our extensive internal training programs.
  • Be part of our active commitment to equality and diversity
  • Seize the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree at the RWTH Aachen University in your preferred field
  • Explore exciting career prospects in both industry and research


Our declared goal is to sustainably increase the proportion of women in science. With our career program "Fraunhofer TALENTA", we offer female career starters and young professionals additional qualification and networking opportunities as well as the necessary freedom to shape their career path.


The position is initially limited to 2 years. There is a possibility of extension.

The weekly working time is 39 hours. This position is also available on a part-time basis. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!

For any further information on this position please contact:
Florian Hüsing M.Sc.
Head of department Modular production machines
Phone: +49 241 8904-261    

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT 


Requisition Number: 71550                Application Deadline:


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