City:  Kaiserslautern
Date:  May 20, 2022


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 ITWM is one of currently 76 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research) and can thus draw on the competencies of a strong network. We, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, see it as our task to further develop key technologies, to give innovative impulses, and to implement them in practice together with industrial partners. In doing so, we do not only want to build the bridge between the real and the virtual world ourselves, but also to be the link between university mathematics and its practical implementation. Therefore, the close connection to the Department of Mathematics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern plays a special role.


What you will do

One of the core competences of our Transport Processes department is the grid-free simulation of flows. Aquaplaning of vehicles, their interaction with sand or snow, the assessment of the efficiency of turbines in hydropower plants, the deployment of airbags, mixing or stirring in process engineering processes, cooled drilling or milling processes - with MESHFREE we develop a fundamental method that can map such and similar processes and represents a unique selling point in the world of computer simulation. Well-known industrial partners are already using our grid-free simulation in their operations. Our goal: Together with you, we will optimize and professionalize MESHFREE as a software tool step by step in order to create broad acceptance on the market. The focus is not only on user-friendliness, but also on efficiency of the algorithms, structuring and modularization of the software, etc.


What you bring to the table

  • A university degree (diploma / master's degree, doctorate if applicable) in mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics or computer science.
  • Advanced programming skills.
  •  Very good English skills, both written and spoken.
  • Independent, creative and structured way of working.
  • High motivation, ability to work in a team, commitment and reliability.


What you can expect

  • You will actively evolve MESHFREE, you design and implement algorithms.
  • An extremely wide range of research topics in the context of MESHFREE.
  • Independent takeover of topics after initial training.
  • A modern workplace with flexible working hours and options for flexible working.
  • An interdisciplinary team (mechanical engineering, mathematics, computer science).

In addition, we offer a comprehensive training program in various soft skills, IT topics and mathematical methods.



The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position is temporary for 2 years and may be part-time.

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. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.

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!

Your questions about this position will be answered by
Dr. Jörg Kuhnert


More information about our activities:

Grid-Free Methods - Fraunhofer ITWM

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM 


Requisition Number: 24870                Application Deadline: 05/31/2022


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