City:  Jena
Date:  May 29, 2024

Speculative application for the department »Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems« (IOF-2024-02)

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« deals with technologies for assembling and integrating complex, miniaturized and highly functional optical systems. The focus of activities lies on investigating 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 as a scientific researcher or technical employee at our locations in Jena or Erfurt.


What you will do

In the department »Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems« you will work on a wide range of research projects such as quantum hardware, micro-assembly and assembly technologies for micro- and laser-optical systems or 3D printing of optical elements.
For more information about the department's research projects please visit: Opto-mechatronical components and systems - Fraunhofer IOF.


What you bring to the table

  • Completed scientific university degree with or without doctorate in the field of (technical) physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials science or a comparable degree in a related field of study
  • Graduates with knowledge in the above-mentioned research area are equally welcome to apply as well as professionals with (profound) subject-specific expertise
  • Good command of written and spoken German and English 
  • Flexibility, ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • Friendly, reliable, and open manner


What you can expect

  • 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
  • Cooperation with a local day care center


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.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. This position is also available 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. 

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: 70409                Application Deadline:


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