City:  Chemnitz
Date:  Feb 4, 2024

Student research assistant for Simulation & Data Mining in Sustainable Factory & Production Systems

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. 

Become a part of our interdisciplinary team in the department Factory System Design and Production Planning at Fraunhofer IWU, where solutions for sustainable design and operation of factory systems are developed. We conduct research in the area of energy-efficient, flexible and sustainable production systems and use discrete-event simulation to gain data-driven insights into the energy- and production-oriented design of these.


What you will do

  • Collaboration and development of simulation models,
  • Simulative investigation of energetic issues in factory systems,
  • Planning of experiments and execution of statistical analyses,
  • Combination of simulation and data farming/data mining methods,
  • Visualization of data and information with Python, KNIME, RapidMiner.


What you bring to the table

  • A degree that has not yet been completed,
  • High degree of enthusiasm and initiative,
  • Interest in methods related to digital planning methods of factories and production,
  • Good analytical skills and problem-solving abilities,
  • Experience and enthusiasm in sustainability and energy efficiency in manufacturing, 
  • Experience in:
    • Must: Material flow simulation (e.g. Siemens Tecnomatix Plant Simulation),
    • Should: Experience in data analysis tools such as KNIME or RapidMiner,
    • Could: Python (libraries such as pandas, numpy, matplotlib),
  • The ability to independently delve into new subject matter, prepare and present results.


What you can expect

  • The opportunity to actively contribute to the currently urgent issues in industrial production,
  • Supervision and close connection to a young, interdisciplinary team,
  • Personal development of hard and soft skills,
  • Development of practical skills in the area of material flow simulation and data-driven analysis methods,
  • Flexible working hours and modes,
  • Topic setting and supervision of student research projects and theses.


Forward-thinking students with an interest in the innovative and sustainable design of production systems are encouraged to apply. Further information about the department can be found at


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. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

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!

Questions about this position are answered by:
M.Sc. Marc Münnich
Tel.: 0371 5397 1771 

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU 


Requisition Number: 69247                Application Deadline:


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