City:  Jena
Date:  Jul 1, 2024

Speculative application for the department Emerging Technologies (IOF-2023-73)

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 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. The Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied optical quantum technology research and offers innovative solutions for science and industry wherever quantum systems have the potential for revolutionary applications.
In the area of emerging technologies at Fraunhofer IOF, the focus of research and development lies currently on two topics:

Optical quantum technologies
Fraunhofer IOF is a pioneer in applied research on quantum photonics for scientific and industrial applications. This includes, for example, tap-proof quantum communication, low-noise quantum imaging systems, and advanced ion traps for quantum computers. Fraunhofer IOF integrates, optimizes, and miniaturizes quantum technology systems.


Active and Adaptive Optics
Fraunhofer IOF develops deformable mirrors to influence the wavefront actively to improve the system properties in a targeted manner. Our expertise is used for laser and quantum communication systems between ground stations and geostationary satellites, for the compensation of image perturbations in space telescopes, or focus adaptation and focus tracking in laser material processing. The mirrors can be equipped with up to 10,000 actuators and are controlled in real-time based on wavefront measurement technologies. 
Come and join our department as a scientific or technical employee.


What you will do

In the department “Emerging Technologies” you will work on versatile research projects in the field of optical quantum technology or active and adaptive optics. For more information about the research projects of the department please visit: Emerging Technologies - Fraunhofer IOF


What you bring to the table

  • You have a scientific university degree with or without a doctorate in physics, engineering, photonics, 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 applicants with (profound) subject-specific expertise.
  • Good command of written and spoken German and English 
  • You work independently, solution-oriented, and reliably.
  • A friendly, reliable, and open manner completes your profile.


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, please upload a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, diplomas and, if applicable, references from previous jobs.




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: 67402               


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