City:  Wachtberg
Date:  Apr 2, 2024

Research Assistant / System-of-Systems Engineer

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 Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE with its approximately 500 employees offers committed people challenging and varied tasks with responsibility and creative freedom. The department "Information Technology for Command and Control Systems" (ITF) develops and tests architectures and interoperability solutions for complex information systems. In doing so, we work closely with users.


Our research topics include system-of-systems engineering, vehicle networking and fog/edge computing. One of the most important tasks is the further development of international standards in the field of interoperability of vehicle components as well as their verification and certification. In order to position ourselves more broadly for these tasks in the future, we are currently looking for research assistants.


What you will do

  • Improving the interoperability of military land vehicle components (e.g. NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture)
  • Contribute to future certification processes for vehicle subsystems
  • Design and implementation of data models and interoperability solutions
  • Design and implementation of demonstrators and reference implementations
  • Work on projects for international customers with participation in all project phases
  • Participation in international working groups and scientific exchange at international conferences


What you bring to the table

We are looking for scientific employees who

  • want to familiarize themselves with future technologies
  • have completed a university degree in the natural sciences in the MINT field
  • have programming skills, preferably in Java or C++
  • have an interest in proof-of-concept development
  • have experience in at least one of the following areas
    • UML modeling
    • Middleware solutions such as DDS and MQTT
    • Software development
    • Architectures of interoperable solutions
    • Verification of requirements and certification procedures
  • Interest in participating in international projects and working groups and in contributing own ideas


What you can expect

  • The opportunity to develop solutions with practical application
  • work experience in an international environment
  • an open, result-oriented and cooperative working atmosphere
  • flexible working hours and the possibility to work partially mobile.


The position is initially limited to 2 years. The weekly working time is 39 hours. This position is also available 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. 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!

If you have any questions about this position, please contact


Dr. Daniel Ota

Tel.: +49 228 9435-732

Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE 


Requisition Number: 68727                Application Deadline:


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