City:  Jena
Date:  Sep 22, 2023

Speculative application for the department Precision Optical Components and Systems (IOF-2022-54)

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 Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) in Jena conducts applied research in optical system technology on behalf of the industry and as part of publicly funded joint projects. The range of services offered by the Fraunhofer IOF includes system solutions, starting with new design concepts, through the development of technologies, manufacturing and measuring methods to the construction of prototypes and pilot series for applications in the wavelength range from millimeter to nanometer. The Fraunhofer IOF is also pioneering applied optical quantum technology research and offers innovative solutions for science and industry wherever quantum systems have the potential for revolutionary applications.

Fraunhofer IOF develops and manufactures optical components and systems based on metal materials, ceramics, or optical glasses. Depending on the addressed wavelength, diffraction-limited optics for infrared and EUV are fabricated, integrated, and characterized using ultra-precise diamond machining as well as different shape correction and polishing processes, such as Magnetorheological Finishing (MRF) or Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP). These optics are used both in systems for space and in terrestrial astronomy. In addition, they are used in industry, semiconductor manufacturing, and laser processing. 

Come and join our department as a scientific or technical employee.


What you will do

In the department “Precision Optical Components and Systems” you will work on versatile research projects, e.g., in the field of ultra-precision machining, material specific bonding technologies for glass and glass ceramics and cutting micro machining. For more information about the department's research projects please visit: Precision Optical Components and Systems - Fraunhofer IOF.


What you bring to the table

  • You have a scientific university degree with or without a doctorate in mechanical engineering, precision engineering, manufacturing technology, physics, engineering, chemistry, or a comparable degree in a related field of study.
  • Graduates with knowledge in the above-mentioned research area are equally welcome to apply as applicants with (profound) subject-specific expertise.
  • Good command of written and spoken German and English 
  • Your strengths include team orientation, open-mindedness, and reliability.
  • A friendly, reliable, and open manner rounds off your profile.


What you can expect

  • A highly motivated, agile team with a modern, well-equipped working environment
  • Independent work as well as personal and professional development opportunities in challenging and practical R&D projects
  • The opportunity to actively shape and accentuate your own research focus
  • Networking with first-class industrial partners and research groups
  • Opportunity to participate in conferences, trade fairs, and seminars
  • Work-life balance through flexible working hours
  • Cooperation with a local day care center


In order to increase the chances of success of your speculative application, we would like to ask you to submit as informative and complete documents as possible. For this purpose, we need a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, diplomas and, if applicable, references from previous jobs.


The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled on a part-time basis. 
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: 30007                Application Deadline:


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