City:  Jena
Date:  Nov 19, 2023

Speculative application for the department Optical and Mechanical System Design (IOF-2022-55)

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. 

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.


Central competence and basis of all developments at Fraunhofer IOF are optical and mechanical design as well as the simulation and analysis of optical and optomechanical systems including thermal and thermooptical effects. The use of comprehensive design and modeling tools allows the simulation and optimization of optics and systems made of metal, glass, or plastic – ranging from micro-optics to astronomical telescopes, from laser systems to quantum optics. For this purpose, refractive and reflective as well as diffractive systems, spherical, aspherical, and freeform optical components, fiber-optical and quantum-optical components, gratings and even microlens arrays are calculated. The focus is on micro-optical systems, high-performance and special optics – ranging from automotive to space. These systems are also realized and characterized after their design and simulation.


Come and join our department as a scientific or technical employee.


What you will do

In the department “Optical and Mechanical System Design” you will work on versatile research projects in the field of optical, mechanical or system design or simulation and analysis. For more information about the department's research projects please visit: Optical and Mechanical System Design


What you bring to the table

  • You have a scientific university degree with or without a doctorate in physics, engineering, mechanical engineering, precision engineering, optics, aerospace technologies or a comparable degree with 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 
  • Your strengths include team orientation, open-mindedness as well as reliability.
  • A friendly, reliable, and open manner rounds off 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, we need a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, diplomas and, if applicable, references from previous jobs.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled 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: 30042                Application Deadline:


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