City:  Jena
Date:  Apr 4, 2024

Speculative application for students »Opto-mechatr. Components & Systems« Jena (IOF-2024-05)

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 Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena conducts applied research in the field of photonics and develops innovative optical systems to control light - from its generation and manipulation to its application. The services offered by the institute cover the entire photonic process chain ranging from opto-mechanical and opto-electronical system design to the manufacturing of customer-specific solutions and prototypes. 


The department »Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems« develops technologies for assembling and integrating complex, miniaturized and highly functional optical systems. Core activities are investigations on adjustment and joining technologies, the prototypical assembly of complex systems and the provision of special equipment for this purpose, as well as the application of printing technologies for system integration.   


Come and join our department to gain practical experience as a student assistant or intern. You can also write your thesis with us.


What you will do

In the department “Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems” you will work on versatile research projects such as quantum hardware, microassembly, and assembly technologies for micro-optical systems or 3D printing of optical elements. You can find more information about the research projects of the department here: Opto-mechatronical components and systems - Fraunhofer IOF.


What you bring to the table

  • You are currently pursuing a university degree in (technical) physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials science, or a in a related field of study
  • Good command of written and spoken German and English 
  • Flexibility, ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • Friendly and open manner 


What you can expect

  • Gain valuable practical experience during your studies in the context of exciting research projects with us
  • Independent work 
  • Networking with first-class industrial partners and research groups
  • Flexible working hours for a better compatibility of studies and work experience
  • Good connections to public transport


To increase the chances of your unsolicited application, we ask you to submit complete documents. Please upload a letter of motivation, CV, references and details of your earliest possible start date and preferred type of employment.


Depending on the employment, remuneration is based on the general company agreement on the employment of student staff or on intern remuneration. The weekly working time for an internship and for the preparation of a thesis is 39 hours; for student assistantships it is 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: 70417               


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