City:  Sankt Augustin
Date:  Mar 18, 2023

Research Associate (m/f/d) in the area of Wireless Networks

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. 

We at Fraunhofer FIT are an excellent partner for the human-centric design of our digital future. We don't just want to make the world more digital. We want to make it a better place for people.
Some 350 scientists are working within interdisciplinary teams on innovative solutions for current challenges in the domains of Digital Energy, Health and Sustainability as well as Human-centered Engineering & Design, Data Science & AI, Business & Information Systems Engineering, Microsimulation, and Cooperation Systems like Blockchain.

You are interested in research & practical projects around the topic of wireless networks?  
Then take the chance and become part of our team in Sankt Augustin!


The Network Research group in COOP develops solutions to connect underserved areas in the Global South to the Internet in a cost-effective and sustainable way. As a researcher, you will primarily help us to optimize our WiBACK solutions and to expand them for new fields of application or new transmission technologies.


What you will do

  • You will contribute to the further development of our radio-based WiBACK technology (feel free to have a look at it by visiting:
  • Develop ad-hoc 5G campus networks for first responders.
  • You will focus on our interfaces (UI) development, C++/Python programming as well as working with embedded/realtime systems
  • In the course of various projects, you will also work together with our research partners research partners from science and industry in a customer-oriented manner. You will also have the opportunity to occasionally present your research results at (inter)national trade fairs and conferences


What you bring to the table

You have successfully completed your scientific university studies (Master/PhD) with a focus on computer science/computer engineering, electrical engineering or a related field and bring a passion for application-oriented science.


In addition, sound knowledge in one or more of the following areas is an advantage: 

  • You have expertise in wireless networks (WLAN, IoT, LoRaWAN or 5G) as well as in system-related and/or scripts programming.
  • In addition to expertise in Linux administration (embeddet), you also possess programming skills in C++ and/or Python
  • First experiences in UI and hardware development (testing, integration) as well as the corresponding practical experience in the form of larger projects are an advantage
  • You have a very good command of English and are willing to take part in occasional (inter)national business trips and representations at conferences or committees
  • You are passionate about your field and are able to work independently on complex tasks.


What you can expect

  • We focus on innovative ideas for practice. You can be part of it and actively shape the future
  • You will work with us in a leading international institute for applied research
  • With us you can get to know and use new technologies
  • We are motivated and live an open, appreciative corporate culture - and we don't just say that
  • You will be supported with a possible doctorate
  • Your development is important to us: we support you & offer useful learning opportunities  
  • We offer flexible working hours, part-time models as well as the possibility of working from home
  • We are family-friendly: sometimes family comes first - we know that. We offer, among other things, emergency care, life situation coaching and support with home and eldercare
  • Additional benefits: job ticket, sports offers, pension plan, ice cream and good coffee, a castle with castle park right outside the door and much more...


The weekly working time is 39 hours. While we are interested in a long-term cooperation, employment is initially limited to 2 years.


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!

Mr. Dr. Mathias Kretschmer
Phone: +49 2241 14-3466

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT 


Requisition Number: 63514                Application Deadline:


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