City:  Wachtberg
Date:  May 22, 2023

Research Associate / 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 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

Fraunhofer is the biggest organization for applied science in Europe. In the »trendence« Graduate Barometer 2021, Fraunhofer achieves 1st place in the industry ranking »Research« among computer science graduates and the 2nd place among Graduates of engineering as well as natural sciences.


At Fraunhofer FKIE, about 500 employees in Bonn and Wachtberg develop technologies and processes with the aim of early detection, mitigation and management of existential risks. In close cooperation with strategic partners, the institute is dedicated to the entire processing chain of data and information: from acquisition, transmission and processing to reliable dissemination. Fraunhofer FKIE offers enthusiastic developers challenging and varied tasks in a creative environment.


The department »Information Technology for Command & Control« (ITF) develops and tests architectures and interoperability solutions for complex information systems. In order to do so, we cooperate closely with the users. Our research topics include System-of-Systems Engineering, Vehicle Networking, Smart City Architectures, Fog/Edge Computing, and Internet-of-Things (IoT).


Help us shape the future!


What you will do

  • Development of interoperability concepts for heterogeneous environments (IoT, Smart City, Automotive)

  • Specification of semantic interoperability solutions for sensor integration

  • Design and implementation of demonstrators and reference implementations

  • Testing and verification of complex systems-of-systems

  • Scientific contributions to international communities


What you bring to the table

We are looking for research associates who

  • want to familiarize themselves with pioneering techniques and solutions
  • have completed academic studies in computer science, mathematics, or other subjects with an emphasis on technical skills
  • have programming knowledge, preferably in Java or C++
  • have experience with at least one in the following domains
    • Data modelling with the Unified Modelling Language
    • IoT and Smart City architectures and best practices
    • Middleware solutions such as DDS and MQTT
    • Automotive safety or related standards, e.g. ISO 26262 or IEC 61508
  • have interest in proof-of-concept development


What you can expect

  • The possibility to develop solutions with a practical application

  • The opportunity for personal development

  • Work experience in an international environment

  • An open, result-oriented, and cooperative working atmosphere

  • Flexible working hours and the ability to work partly from home


The position is initially limited to 2 years. 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. 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!

For further Information please contact:


Dr. Daniel Ota

Tel.: +49 228 9435-732


Dr. Michael Gerz

Tel.: +49 228 9435-414

Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE 


Requisition Number: 38967                Application Deadline:


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