City:  Dresden
Date:  Nov 15, 2023

PHD Thesis: Communications Engineering

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, aerospace and defense.


In our business unit Data Communication & Computing we deal with wireless as well as wired communication solutions. Especially for the area of optical wireless communication, it is relevant for different use cases how the data is modulated and transmitted on the optical medium. And this is where you come in. Together with specialists from the fields of communications and circuit technology, physics and computer science, develop and research new methods and concepts for the high-speed data communication of the future.


What you will do

  • Become familiar with optical wireless data communications and network technology
  • Independently research and develop communication protocols and data coding schemes for Li-Fi networks
  • Conceptual design and practical implementation of the developed methods
  • Set-up of test tracks and analysis of the concepts under operating conditions
  • Evaluate, document and publish the research results


What you bring to the table

  • Completed scientific studies in electrical engineering, communications engineering, computer science or a comparable field of study
  • Sound knowledge in the field of data communication or communications engineering
  • Reliable personality with team spirit, high self-motivation, the ability to think outside the box and interest in independent work
  • Inquisitiveness, empathy and openness to discover new things
  • Good knowledge of German and English for cooperation with national and international customers


What you can expect

You want to do a doctorate? 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. 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 Resources

Telephone: +49 (0)351 8823 338


Mr. Dr. Alexander Noack
Specialty Department

Telephone: +49 (0)351 8823 287

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS 


Requisition Number: 68761              

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