City:  Garching bei München
Date:  Mar 26, 2024

Research Associate for Design of Security Chips

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. 


The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC with its main site in Munich and offices in Berlin and Weiden supports the digital transformation in key application domains such as automotive, industry, aerospace and medicine with internationally recognized cutting-edge research.


At Fraunhofer AISEC, the main focus of our applied research is the development of application-oriented security solutions and their custom integration in existing systems. The core competences of our approximately 100 highly qualified scientific and technical employees lie in the areas of hardware security and the security of embedded systems, product and intellectual property protection, network security, and security in cloud- and service-oriented computing.



What you will do


The Hardware Security Department is working on all hardware-related aspects of IT security. Wir are continuously looking for talented researchers with interest and experience in the design of security chips. In particular, we are looking for a applicants with a background in digital design, analog design, electronic measurements.


What you bring to the table


  • New ideas that you actively contribute within the framework of industry and research projects, and ability for independent and goal-oriented work style
  • Interest in information security as well as research and implementation of secure embedded systems
  • Background in at least one of the following domains: hardware design, digital design, analog design, hardware software co-design, FPGA design, electronic measurements, circuit design, communications engineering
  • Background in current instruction sets and architectures of embedded processors (in particular RISC-V) preferred
  • Experience in IT security or cryptography (professional or private) is a plus
  • A team player mentality
  • A scientific degree (Master or equivalent) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, IT Security, Computer Science, or a related subject 
  • German communication skills (at least B2)


What you can expect


The focus of this position covers research and development of trusted electronics with scientific partners and for industrial customers

  • Chip designs of new, open architectures based on the RISC-V instruction set facilitate to adapt and harden processors for embedded systems
  • Implementation of hardware and firmware for FPGAs and microcontrollers
  • Design of analog circuits, systems and algorithms for Physical Unclonable Functions, tamper detection and hardware fingerprinting
  • Side-channel and fault analyses in the hardware security lab
  • You will have various opportunities to publish your scentific results, and the possibility of working towards a doctorate 


The weekly working time is 39 hours. 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. 

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!

Fragen zu dieser Position beantwortet Ihnen gerne:

Herr Dr. Matthias Hiller
Abteilungsleitung Hardware Security
Telefon: +49 89 3229986-162

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security AISEC 


Requisition Number: 13765                Application Deadline:


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