City:  Jena
Date:  Oct 30, 2022

Student Assistant Realization of a Demonstrator for Swarm-Based Optical Manufacturing (IOF-2022-96)

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 Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.


The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena conducts applied optics research on behalf of industry and as part of publicly funded research projects. The range of services includes system solutions, starting with new design concepts, through technology development, manufacturing and measurement methods to the construction of demonstrators and pilot series for applications. Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied quantum technology, providing innovative solutions to science and industry wherever quantum optical phenomena may lead to revolutionary applications.


The “Imaging and Sensing” department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF is looking for a student assistant, who will be realizing a demonstrator for swarm-based optical manufacturing. The starting point is the high accuracy requirements (down to < 1 nm) faced by large-scale and/or segmented optics (e.g., for telescopes for satellite and quantum communication, earth observation, astronomy or remote sensing). Their production currently follows a linear process chain with strong interaction between characterization and manufacturing. The effort caused by setup times and component handling as well as the overall process time is to be minimized by developing a robot ensemble for parallelized polishing as well as surface roughness and shape characterization. The “3D Sensors” group contributes to this goal by developing a real-time sensor technology using deflectometric methods.


What you will do

  • development of systems for phase-measuring deflectometry
  • integration of sensors, actuators, and robotics
  • development of software for sequence control and analysis (Python, C++)
  • acquisition, evaluation, and presentation of measurement series for scientific publications


What you bring to the table

  • You are a student in the field of photonics, physics, engineering or a similar study program.
  • You have basic knowledge of working in laboratories, with scientific equipment, and in digital data processing.
  • You are motivated to learn how to control modern technologies, methods, and processes in the field of optical sensors.
  • Your strengths include an independent and systematic approach to work, creative and analytical thinking as well as commitment, team orientation, and communication skills.
  • A friendly, reliable and open manner completes your profile.


What you can expect

  • collaboration in challenging research and development projects 
  • a collegial, open-minded and friendly team
  • a variety of activities in a modern and well-equipped working environment
  • flexible working hours that allow you to balance your studies and on-site experience 
  • extensive professional support from scientific mentors
  • excellent connections to public transport


The weekly working time is agreed individually. 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: 54743                Application Deadline: 11/28/2022


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