City:  Jena
Date:  Mar 15, 2023

Speculative application for student assistants, interns, and theses (IOF-2022-51)

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. 


Come and support our departments as a student assistant, intern, or bachelor's/master's student.


What you will do

The tasks that await you are individual and vary greatly from department to department. Therefore, please indicate in your application in detail which of our departments you are interested in. We will then forward your request to the appropriate department and get back to you. Please be patient.
Our departments work in different business areas and focus on the following research fields:

  • Optical and mechanical system design
  • Mirco- and nanostructured optics
  • Opto-meachatronical components and systems
  • Precision optical components and systems
  • Functional surfaces and coatings
  • Laser and fiber technology
  • Imaging and sensing
  • Emerging technologies


For more information about our departments, please visit: Areas of Competence - Fraunhofer IOF

Areas of Competence - Fraunhofer IOF


What you bring to the table

  • You are currently pursuing a university degree in economics, natural sciences, engineering/technology or a comparable degree in a related field of study.
  • If applicable, initial practical experience in the research environment of the department for which you are applying
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English and German
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • A friendly, reliable, and open manner completes your profile
  • Please apply with a letter of motivation, your curriculum vitae, your degree certificate, your overview of grades, and, if applicable, references from previous jobs.


What you can expect

  • Gain valuable practical experience during your studies in the context of exciting research projects with us
  • A highly motivated, agile team with a modern, well-equipped working environment
  • Independent work as well as personal and professional development opportunities in challenging and practical R&D projects
  • The opportunity to actively shape and accentuate your own research focus
  • Networking with first-class industrial partners and research groups
  • Opportunity to participate in conferences, trade fairs, and seminars
  • Work-life balance through flexible working hours


In order to increase the chances of success of your speculative application, we would like to ask you to submit as informative and complete documents as possible. For this purpose, we need a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, diplomas and, if applicable, references from previous jobs.


Depending on the employment, remuneration is based on the general company agreement on the employment of student staff or on intern remuneration. The position is limited in time. The weekly working hours will be agreed upon individually.


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: 28647                Application Deadline:


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