City:  Jena
Date:  Nov 19, 2023

Speculative application in the field of imaging and sensing (IOF-2022-53)

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.

Fraunhofer IOF develops innovative optical measurement methods and systems according to customer-specific requirements. This includes optical 3D measurement systems with high metrological accuracy for a wide range of applications. Measurement volumes from a few cubic centimeters to several cubic meters can be acquired with measurement frequencies of up to 55,000 3D-data sets per second. 

Furthermore, miniaturized micro-optical imaging systems based on single- and multi-aperture systems are developed and realized. The production can be performed on a wafer-scale and can be implemented directly on an industrial level.
Fraunhofer IOF also holds a wide variety of optical and non-optical measuring systems. Examples are interferometers using CGHs (Computer Generated Holograms) as well as a computer tomograph with a resolution down to the micrometer range.

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


What you will do

In the department “Imaging and Sensing” you will work on versatile research projects in the field of 3D measurement techniques, optics characterization or metrological computer tomography. For more information about the department's research projects please visit: Imaging and Sensing - Fraunhofer IOF.


What you bring to the table

  • You have a scientific university degree with or without a doctorate in physics, engineering sciences, computer 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 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: 30005                Application Deadline:


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