City:  Aachen
Date:  Feb 28, 2024

Unsolicited application - Research associate at the Fraunhofer IPT

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. 

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT develops system solutions for the networked, adaptive production of sustainable and resource-efficient products and the associated services.
With around 530 employees, we work every day to make production processes, systems and products more climate-friendly and ecological: On behalf of our customers and project partners, who set out with us on the path to more sustainable and resource-conserving production.


What you will do

You would like to support us in our endeavors, but have not found a suitable job offer? Please feel free to send us an unsolicited application. Please let us know in which area you would like to contribute. You can find an overview of our research topics and focal points here.


What you bring to the table

  • You are enthusiastic about applied research and want to shape methods, technologies and processes for future production
  • Successfully completed scientific university studies in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, materials science or in a related discipline
  • An independent working attitude as well as analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills and enjoyment of interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Good knowledge of German and English


What you can expect

  • Responsible tasks in highly innovative research and development projects
  • An open and friendly working atmosphere and freedom to implement your own ideas
  • Close cooperation with renowned industrial partners from a wide range of sectors
  • A state-of-the-art machine park equipped with edge cloud systems and 5G infrastructure
  • Excellent professional and personal development through a variety of internal training programs
  • Opportunity to do a doctorate at the RWTH Aachen University in a self-developed topic
  • We actively promote equal opportunities and diversity, starting with diversity training for all our employees
  • Trust-based working model, home office as well as various offers to support reconciliation of work and private life
  • Excellent prospects for attractive career opportunities in industry and research


Attracting more women into applied research is a key objective of Fraunhofer. Women starting their careers and female scientists can participate in the career program »Fraunhofer TALENTA« and take advantage of qualification offers and the necessary freedom for their own professional development and further qualification.



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

The weekly working time is 39 hours. 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! #LI-DNI

Questions according to this position will be answered by:
Recruiting Team
Selda Ünlü, Ina Liss, Inga Donners
Phone: +49 241 8904-100

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT 


Requisition Number: 13103                Application Deadline:


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