City:  Jena
Date:  Aug 31, 2023

Student Assistant-High precision optical metrology for glass capillary diameters (IOF-2023-86)

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-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. 

Fraunhofer is the largest organization for application-oriented research in Europe. Our research fields are geared to people's needs: Health, Safety, Communication, Mobility, Energy and Environment. We are creative, we shape technology, we design products, we improve processes, we open up new paths.


For the department »Laser and Fiber Technology« we are looking for a dedicated student who is interested in innovative technologies and fiber technology. The position offers the opportunity to work on an exciting project, which can be carried out as an internship, student assistantship or also as part of a thesis (Bachelor or Master).


What you will do

In our group, we are dedicated to the entire process chain of fiber technology, starting from the design and development of differently doped glasses to the production of preforms, drawing into fibers and final characterization. In order to consolidate our leading position and unique selling proposition in this field, continuous technological enhancements and new developments are essential. Currently, the focus is on the development and implementation of a surface preparation technology for holes drilled in glass cylinders. This technology will complete and further optimize the production of preforms. Your main task will be to support the implementation of this new technology into our existing fiber manufacturing process chain.


  • Close cooperation with our interdisciplinary team
  • Construction and commissioning of the designed preparation plant
  • Performance of systematic tests to validate the technology
  • Evaluation and assessment of test results
  • Close cooperation with our interdisciplinary team


What you bring to the table

  • Degree in engineering, materials science, precision engineering, natural sciences, or a related discipline
  • Technical understanding and interest in new technologies
  • Independent and structured way of working
  • Ability to work in a team and good communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of glass processing and/or fiber technology is an advantage, but not a prerequisite


What you can expect

  • A challenging and future-oriented project in the field of fiber technology
  • The opportunity to actively participate in the design of innovative processes
  • A motivated and interdisciplinary team
  • An open and appreciative working atmosphere
  • Flexible working hours to balance study and practice
  • Very good public transport connections


The monthly working time is agreed upon individually. The work contract will be limited. We are looking for a long-term cooperation. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.


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: 68370                Application Deadline: 09/28/2023


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