City:  Jena
Date:  Jan 3, 2023

Project coordinator & science communicator photonic quantum technologies (IOF-2022-123)

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 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 is the largest organization for application-oriented research in Europe. Our research fields are geared to people's needs: Health, Safety, Communication, Mobility, Energy and Environment. We are creative, we shape technology, we design products, we improve processes, we open up new paths.


The Fraunhofer IOF is pioneering applied optical quantum technology, providing innovative solutions for science and industry wherever quantum-enhancement may lead to revolutionary applications. 
Do you want to work at the interface of industry, research, and politics with deeptech startups and large companies as well as research institutions and universities to advance the development of quantum technologies? Come and join our dynamic team at the forefront of quantum research and help connect the quantum community and industry partners to establish a powerful ecosystem.


What you will do

  • Initiation, planning, and coordination of national and international scientific collaborations and initiatives 
  • Development, organization, and design of educational activities on photonic quantum technologies, e.g., workshops, lectures, and networking events 
  • Monitoring and analysis of current scientific developments, technologies, and trends as well as market and application potentials 
  • Support of the institute's management in the acquisition of large-scale projects, in particular review and preparation of information on relevant funding programs, technology and market analyses, and preparation of draft resolutions
  • Support of strategy development in the context of Fraunhofer, the EU and the national research landscape


What you bring to the table

  • Completed STEM studies, e.g., in physics, engineering, industrial engineering or equivalent, ideally with a completed doctorate in the field of photonics or quantum technology
  • Experience in the initiation, acquisition, management, and coordination of scientific research projects 
  • Experience and enthusiasm about independently organizing and designing lectures, workshops, and further training events 
  • Experience in writing, coordinating, and editing scientific texts in German and English
  • Extensive experience in science management and technology management as well as in the field of science communication
  • The ability to think strategically and in an interdisciplinary way in combination with a structured and precise way of working
  • A high degree of independence, initiative and flexibility, commitment, team orientation and communication skills
  • The ability to navigate and proactively shape a rapidly evolving environment


What you can expect

  • A highly innovative, dynamic, and international research and development environment
  • The opportunity to actively shape regional, national, and international networks and alliances as well as the future of quantum technologies
  • Collaboration with leading international experts and entrepreneurs in a market with high growth potential
  • A diversified job in a modern and well-equipped working environment
  • Collaboration in an open-minded and interdisciplinary team
  • A high degree of personal responsibility as well as personal and professional development opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and a family-friendly working environment


The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled on a part-time basis. The position is initially limited to 2 years. We are looking for a long-term cooperation. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.


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!

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF 


Requisition Number: 61325                Application Deadline: 02/03/2023


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