City:  Berlin
Date:  Nov 25, 2023

Scientist* Terahertz Photonics / Photonic Integration

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

Future. Discover. Together.

Excellent research and innovation are at the centre of the work of the HHI - Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications. We are a world leader in researching mobile and optical communication networks and systems as well as the coding of video signals and data processing. Be a part of our team and come on a journey of research and innovation!


What you will do

  • Development of optoelectronic terahertz (THz) systems using photonic integrated circuits (PICs)

  • Simulation of optical properties of PICs, CAD design for fabrication of PICs, device characterization, development and assembly of the complete system, validation based on system experiments

  • Development, setup and extension of measurement setups for characterization of photonically integrated components / systems

  • Development of THz system demonstrators (THz optics, mechanics, electric circuit design, hardware-related programming and development of user interfaces) and their validation on industry-relevant problems

  • Collaboration in national and international research projects and execution of development projects together with industrial partners


What you bring to the table

  • You have a good/very good Master's degree in electrical engineering / physics / engineering sciences with a focus on photonics or electronics

  • You would like to do a PhD in the field of photonic terahertz technology

  • You have profound knowledge in the areas of measurement techniques, photonic integration, lasers and optics

  • You are familiar with Python-based data analysis

  • Ideally, you have experience in the field of terahertz spectroscopy

  • You bring along high motivation, initiative and the ability to work in a team

  • Very good written and spoken German and English skills


What you can expect

  • Fascinating challenges in a scientific and entrepreneurial setting

  • Attractive salary package according to TvöD with 30 vacation days, pension scheme (VBL), wealth creation benefits (VWL)

  • Modern and excellently equipped workspace in a central location

  • Great and cooperative working atmosphere in an international team

  • Flexible working hours

  • Support if you wish to do a doctorate

  • Opportunities to work from home

  • Extensive training-, health- and sports offers

  • Various employee discounts and discounted BVG ticket

  • Offers for families (parent-child office, emergency care, leisure activities, etc.)

The position is initially limited to 2 years. An extension is explicitly desired.


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).

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!

Mr Dr. Robert Kohlhaas

Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI 


Requisition Number: 67030                Application Deadline: 01/15/2024


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