City:  Kaiserslautern
Date:  Jan 19, 2023

Research Associate »Optimization in life sciences«

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 Promotion of Applied Research) and can thus draw on the competences of a strong network. As the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, we see our task in further developing key technologies, providing innovative impulses and implementing them in practice together with industrial partners. In doing so, we not only want to build the bridge between the real and virtual world ourselves, but also be the link between university mathematics and its practical implementation. That is why the close connection to the Department of Mathematics at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern plays a special role.



What you will do

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, we develop individually designed, innovative mathematical and software solutions for exciting practical questions from numerous fields of application. In the life sciences, these solutions enable decision-makers to plan complex interventions in a targeted, time-efficient manner and with maximum result quality. In this way, the people you support receive support that is optimally and individually tailored to their respective needs.


Your task with us:


  • Mathematical design and software implementation of innovative solutions (models and methods, e.g. from optimisation or scientific computing, user interaction concepts).


What you bring to the table

  • You are a student of mathematics or computer science (e.g. with a specialisation in optimisation or scientific computing) with an expected remaining period of study of at least 18 months.
  • You have good programming skills and experience in languages such as C#, Rust, JavaScript or TypeScript and frameworks such as Angular, React or React Native.
  • Very good German and good English skills round off your profile.


What you can expect

  • An exciting job from mathematical research to practical application in an attractive working environment with the best company equipment.
  • Participation in interdisciplinary project teams with a collegial atmosphere and opportunities for creative co-design and personal initiative.
  • The opportunity for a Bachelor's or Master's thesis in mathematics.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. 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. Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

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!


We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this position:

Dr. Alexander Scherrer


You can find information about the institute and the field of optimisation on the internet at:

Optimization - Fraunhofer ITWM

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM 


Requisition Number: 33663                Application Deadline:


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