City:  Stuttgart
Date:  Apr 12, 2024

Internship / HiWi - Setup of simulation environments for mobile scene manipulation

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

The Household and Assistance Robotics working group develops innovative technologies for mobile service robots that are intended to support people in their daily lives, either directly or indirectly. Our focus lies on AI-based perception algorithms for previously unseen scenes that allow the robot to flexibly perform various tasks in everyday environments. The planning and execution of movements of the actuator are also central components of our work. Exemplary applications include the disinfection of surfaces (, the transportation of goods in hospitals ( or pick-up and delivery services in nursing homes (                              

All of these robots and applications need to be thoroughly tested in various differing environments, to assess how well they work under changing conditions. One easy way to do this is by utilizing modern computer rendering tools and physics-simulations. 


What you will do

This work focuses on evaluating different simulation toolsets for mobile service robot programming and testing. This involves familiarization with the tool and implementing custom environments, robots and functional objects (like doors, drawers, buttons …). Also the connection of the simulation towards the ROS framework needs to be implemented. Focus lies on photorealistic simulations, which are also capable of running with high FPS on average computer hardware, and correct physical modelling of objects and their articulated parts.


What you bring to the table

  • Background in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics or similar 
  • Profound knowledge of C++ and/or Python
  • (Best Case) Experience with ROS
  • Enthusiasm for mobile robotics
  • Independent workstyle
  • Fluent in English or German 


What you can expect

  • Insights into modern software development and AI / robotics research
  • Cutting-edge technology in the field of assistive mobile robotics
  • Hands on with our robots on our own testing fields
  • Take on responsibility and freedom to implement your own ideas
  • Participate in innovative works directly with the team
  • Work alongside the best students in their discipline


We also offer the possibility of direct entry for excellent graduates.


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. 

If you are interested, please submit a short letter of motivation on your personal favourite topic listed above, CV, current grade transcript to

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA 


Requisition Number: 71270                Application Deadline:


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