City:  Dresden
Date:  Nov 13, 2023

Functional Safety Engineer

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.


Within Fraunhofer IPMS, the business unit Data Communication & Computing delivers product-related partial and complete solutions for customers and application-specific problems, from hardware to software. This includes selected wireless and wired communication technologies as well as edge computing. The focus of the work is on optical design as well as analog, mixed-signal and digital design, and hardware-related programming.


Are you familiar with hardware and software safety? Then join our team and support the department and our customers in this context with developments of IP cores, ASICs, and embedded software.



What you will do

  • You create functional safety concepts for hardware- and/ or software components.
  • You analyze and design system architectures.
  • In addition, you review internal development processes in the safety context, advise on improvements and optimize their processes.
  • You ensure the traceability of the requirements for hardware and software component.
  • The creation of safety manuals, process documentation and design specifications as well as the performance or organization of safety audits is also a part of your tasks.
  • With your commitment your actively contribute to the promotion of the culture regarding functional safety within the business unit.


What you bring to the table

  • You have a degree in engineering (at least Bachelor) in electrical engineering, (technical) computer science or a comparable course of study.

  • You have already gained at least two years of experience in a comparable position and have well-founded know-how in the field of development for functionally safe applications.

  • In the area of standards such as ISO 262262 or Automotive SPICE (ASPICE) you bring previous knowledge.

  • Knowledge of DO254 and DO178 is also desirable as well as experience with requirements management tools such as DOORS, Jama Connect, REQTIFY, or similar.

  • Your working style is proactive, reliable and customer oriented.

  • Good German and English skills complete your profile.


What you can expect

We are convinced, that appreciation and trust are 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 sport, music or team events – we offer a wide variety of opportunities to pursue your own passion together and strengthen the team spirit.


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!



Ms. Isabell Zwinscher

Human Resource Department

Phone: +49 (0)351 8823 1227


Mr. Dr. Frank Deicke

Specialty Department

Phone: +49 (0)351 8823 385

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS 


Requisition Number: 66888                Application Deadline: 09/25/2023


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