City:  Freiburg
Date:  May 22, 2023


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. 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 75 institutes and research facilities in Germany and is the world's leading organization for application-oriented research. Around 29,000 employees work on the annual research volume of 2.8 billion euros.  

With around 300 employees, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM is one of the leading institutes in Europe for the simulation and evaluation of materials and their mechanical behavior. Since 1971, Fraunhofer IWM has been researching and developing economically and scientifically successful solutions to predict the behavior of materials and components and to improve their performance and functionality. In this way, we make important contributions to tackling major societal and industrial challenges, such as the energy transformation, sustainable production, climate-neutral mobility and digitalization.


Do you want to help shape the future and work in an innovative research institute? Is there currently no suitable position advertised for you? Then take the initiative and introduce yourself to us, stating which of our research fields interest you!


What you will do

  • You will work in an innovative research institute with challenging scientific topics and versatile projects with high practical relevance. 
  • Together with motivated colleagues you will work on (inter)national projects in your research field.


What you bring to the table

  • A successfully completed scientific university degree in a STEM subject ((Master / Diploma / Doctorate).
  • You are inquisitive and enjoy dealing with material science problems and goal-oriented approaches to solutions.
  • You like to use your talent in the implementation of innovative ideas.
  • You are creative, enjoy working in interdisciplinary teams and are used to working independently. 
  • You relate to clients via your friendly appearance and solution-oriented way of working.
  • You are able to communicate in German with your colleagues and project partners.


What you can expect

  • You can take advantage of our wide range of development opportunities to further your professional and personal development.
  • Thanks to flexible working hours and our parent-child support, you can easily combine family and career.
  • Mobile working and our fitness offers (Hansefit, Pilates, active breaks) promote a work-life balance and help promote equilibrium and physical fitness.
  • With our company pension scheme (VBL), you can make contributions towards the time after your professional life.

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.

Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components. Remuneration dependents on qualifications.
The position is initially limited to 2 years. The weekly working time is 39 hours. Part-time work is possible.


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! Please apply online with your complete application documents (cover letter stating in which of our departments you would like to do your doctorate, CV, diploma and references)!


If you have any questions about this position, please contact: 
Ms. Esther Waibel
Personnel Management / Recruiting

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM 


Requisition Number: IWM-2022-05            


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