City:  Jena
Date:  Jul 15, 2022

Scientific Instructor of the Department Management (IOF-2022-35)

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 Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.


The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena conducts applied research in optical system technology on behalf of the industry and as part of publicly funded joint projects. The range of services offered by the Fraunhofer IOF includes system solutions, starting with new design concepts, through the development of technologies, manufacturing and measuring methods to the construction of prototypes and pilot series for applications in the wavelength range from millimeter to nanometer.


We are looking for a Scientific Instructor for the department of Optical and Mechanical System Design in the field of design and simulation of optical systems. The scientific and technological focus of the department is on micro-optical systems as well as high-performance and special optics – ranging from automotive to space applications. 


What you will do

As a Scientific Instructor, you will support the department management in the strategic and operative development of the area of expertise Design and Simulation of Optical Systems. You will analyze the scientific and market environment and derive development opportunities. In addition, you will support the operational implementation in the areas of science marketing as well as in the acquisition and management of strategic projects. Your area of responsibility includes the following tasks in particular:

  • Conducting research (publications, patent searches, calls for tenders) and processing the findings as well as deriving development and marketing potentials for departmental topics
  • Supporting the acquisition and management of strategic projects from public and industrial clients
  • Preparing and coordinating trade fair exhibits and marketing activities
  • Preparing and holding workshops and strategy days
  • Supporting quality management of the department


What you bring to the table

  • You have a university degree (M.SC.) in physics or engineering ideally with a completed doctorate.
  • You have experience in research and development of optical systems or related topics.
  • You are confident in writing texts such as scientific publications as well as grant proposals. 
  • Ideally, you have experience in science management or science marketing.
  • You have excellent presentation skills. 
  • Your strengths include a high degree of initiative, motivation, and strategic thinking.
  • Since Fraunhofer IOF works on an international level, we require a very good command of written and spoken English.


What you can expect

  • A diversified job with your own area of responsibility
  • A highly innovative, dynamic, and international research and development environment
  • The opportunity for personal and professional development
  • A positive working atmosphere in a collegial team
  • A well-equipped working environment and a very good infrastructure
  • Flexible working hours and a family-friendly workplace
  • Cooperation with a local daycare center


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 with possibility for prolongation. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).


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!

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF 


Requisition Number: 24485                Application Deadline: 07/31/2022


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