City:  Arnstadt
Date:  Sep 30, 2023

Group Leader Mechanical Engineering - Industry 4.0 - Smart Machine and Production Design

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. 

Fraunhofer IKTS conducts application-oriented research for advanced ceramics. The three locations in Dresden and Hermsdorf (Thuringia) form the largest ceramics research institute in Europe. As a research and technology service provider, we develop modern ceramic high-performance materials, industry-relevant manufacturing processes as well as prototype components and systems in complete production lines up to pilot scale. In addition, the portfolio includes the competencies of materials diagnostics and testing. At the newly created site in the Erfurter Kreuz industrial park in Arnstadt, Fraunhofer IKTS is involved in the Battery Innovation and Technology Center with the development of system solutions for the networked, digitally supported production and quality assurance of energy storage systems as well as other products that rely very heavily on innovative materials such as ceramics. Here, Industry 4.0 solutions are developed in hardware and software applications and, in the future, training and education concepts are offered in the areas of Industry 4.0, battery production and e-mobility.



What you will do

  • Technical and disciplinary management of the working group
  • Professional steering of research and development work, mainly in the field of Industry 4.0-enabled pilot lines (and plants)
  • Acquisition of research and industry projects
  • Writing and publishing scientific articles for journals and conferences
  • Leading the strategic direction of the group as well as its development



What you bring to the table

You have a degree in engineering, preferably mechanical engineering. In addition, you ideally bring a doctorate and have several years of professional experience in industry, namely in the field of new development fields with personnel responsibility. You have proven competencies in plant automation. You are also able to evaluate new developments from a business perspective.

  • In addition, the following competencies and skills round off your profile:good communication and teamwork skills
  • Strategic thinking and acting with high quality standard
  • High motivation, initiative and independent working style
  • Basic knowledge of business administration



What you can expect

We offer you an attractive and interdisciplinary working environment in the field of ceramic materials and shaping technologies with access to modern material characterization methods at Fraunhofer IKTS. A network of efficient industrial partners awaits you close to the site. You will be part of a dedicated and motivated team and have the opportunity to actively support the strategic development of Fraunhofer IKTS.

In addition, we offer our employees the following benefits:

  • Flexitime
  • individual development and career opportunities
  • various opportunities for further qualification
  • company pension scheme
  • Support offers for the compatibility of family and career


The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position is limited up to 2 years and can also be filled 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).

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!

For further information please contact Dr. Roland Weidl  (+49 3628 58172-22)

Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS 


Requisition Number: 63524                Application Deadline:


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