City:  Cottbus
Date:  Nov 11, 2023

PhD Thesis: AI in sensor systems

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. 

Developing innovative technology solutions and bringing them to application - that is our goal at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS. With our expertise in the development of photonic microsystems, related technologies including nanoelectronics and wireless communication solutions, we create - in flexible and interdisciplinary teams - technologies for innovative products in a wide range of markets such as automotive, industrial and aerospace.


The research field "Cognitive Sensors" deals with the acquisition and intelligent processing of measured variables from miniaturized sensors and systems. This involves determining material states and properties that are relevant for industrial processes, biological-medical diagnostics and analytics, and other individual end-customer applications. 


For our team in Cottbus we are looking for a PhD student as soon as possible, who will work on the topic of in-sensor-computing. Possible application areas are water analysis in distribution networks, monitoring and control of industrial processes or quality inspection of machines and plants. The specific doctoral topic will be formulated and jointly developed in consultation with the candidate.


What you will do

The exciting part of the job is the combination of sensor technology and AI in a concrete application area:


  • Familiarizing yourself with the theory
  • Researching and conceptualizing sensor systems with on-site data processing and "in-sensor"-computing
  • Independently apply advanced resource-efficient algorithms in embedded AI systems
  • Signal data processing for multi-sensor systems and the design and verification of sensor test systems for demonstration purposes
  • Evaluate, document and publish your research results



What you bring to the table

  • Completed technical studies, e.g. in information technology, electrical engineering, physics, computer science or in a similar field
  • Practical knowledge in the control of IoT devices and/or in microcontroller control or FPGA programming is desirable
  • Know-how and experience in sensor technology (signal processing) as well as first insights into the application of data mining/data science processes (from data understanding to modeling to deployment) are advantageous
  • A personality characterized by team spirit, commitment and curiosity for science
  • Business fluent English and German



What you can expect

You want to do a doctorate? Do you want to plan and design your doctorate with foresight and strategy? Within the framework of our doctoral college, you will benefit from a regular exchange with other doctoral students. We support your personal and professional development with individual training measures.


We offer female scientists the opportunity to participate in our TALENTA program: a comprehensive career and development program that includes individually tailored qualification offers. You can find out more here.

We are convinced that appreciation and trust are the basis for satisfaction and motivation. We create a work-life-balance through flexible working time models and the possibility of mobile working, because creative and innovative ideas can arise anywhere. We also attach great importance to intensive induction training and an open and collegial working environment. Whether sports, music or team events - we offer a wide range of opportunities to pursue our own passions together and strengthen our team spirit.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. This position is also available on a part-time basis. The position is initially limited to 3 years. A long-term cooperation is desired. 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!



Ms. Luisa Nütz
Human Resources
Telephone: +49 (0)351 8823 1330


Mr. Dr. Sebastian Meyer
Specialty Department
Telephone: +49 (0)351 8823 137

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS 


Requisition Number: 68661      

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