Career at Fraunhofer IOF


Our recent job offers

We frequently offer jobs for scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. You can also check our offers in German

For students we offer student jobs, internships, and assisted thesis.


Found no suitable job offer?
Then simply apply proactively and fill out our online form!

You find your qualifications in our fields of competence and would like to work in one of our teams? Send us an unsolicited application via our application portal with your complete documents (cover letter, CV, certificates, content of previous work) and stating our field of competence.

Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications that are sent directly to specialist departments or the human resources department.

Wanted: Reinforcement for our quantum research teams

Detailed information on our research topics and projects can be found in the flyers provided. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Quantum imaging and quantum sensing

We are looking for the following topics:

Quantum microscopy, quantum spectroscopy, and development of photon pair sources


Quantum optics and data processing

We are looking for the following topics:

Quantum communication, quantum information processing, photon pair source development, quantum key distribution


You share our fascination for quantum technologies and would like to work on innovative solutions as part of our research team?


Then we look forward to receiving your unsolicited application!

Career opportunities for young scientists

Stepping stone for young scientists

Current challenges in optics and photonics await you. Work with us to solve these challenges.

You can expect a committed team and excellent research conditions.


Career opportunities

Our career flyer offers helpful information for students and graduates on the topics worked on at Fraunhofer IOF.

Professional training
with future

At Fraunhofer IOF, precision opticians, industrial mechanics and physics laboratory assistants will be familiarized with state-of-the-art technologies.


Practical experience
for students

Gain practical experience during your studies, most of which are theoretical, and build up valuable contacts in the photonics industry.


Scientific theses

Fraunhofer IOF offers students and doctoral candidates the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art technology for their final theses while at the same time addressing research topics of practical relevance.


PhD with Fraunhofer IOF

We offer doctoral candidates an inspiring mix of application-oriented research, contract research and continuing education. In the flyer you will find more information about doing a PhD with Fraunhofer.

Master and PhD with the MPSP

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP), led by Fraunhofer IOF, offers a unique doctoral program (incl. Master) for young researchers in the field of photonics.

Research for the real world is the central task of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

The non-profit research organization founded in 1949 carries out applied research for the benefit of business and society.

In Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently runs 74 institutes and research facilities. 28,000 employees, predominantly with a scientific or engineering background, work with an annual research budget of € 2.8 billion.


Photonics - the industry of the future

Photonics is supposed to make many things faster - such as computers - and make some things possible in the first place - such as welding aluminium with laser beams for car bodies. This is why photonics is regarded as a technology of the future and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with its own Agenda Photonik 2020.

Solving future issues …

The Fraunhofer IOF carries out applied research in the field of optical system technology on the direct commission of industry and as part of publicly funded joint projects.

The challenge is to develop innovative optical systems to control light, from its generation to its application in the cutting-edge fields of energy and the environment, information and communication, health and medical technology, and safety and mobility.

We welcome dedicated scientists, engineers and technologists at all times and offer an optimum research and working environment with an outstanding technological infrastructure.


Top Employer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is one of the most attractive employers in Germany. See yourself and apply!

TOP Employer 2021


The consulting firm Universum asked 16,600 young professionals and 53,050 students which employer they would most like to work for. In 2021, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ranked 6th among young professionals and 3rd among students as an attractive employer in the natural sciences.

Most attractive
employer in Germany

In 2019, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft again ranked first among the most attractive employers in Germany. This was the result of the study "Randstad Employer Brand Research" with 6,000 interviewed employees and job seekers in Germany. The study evaluated a total of 10 factors such as attractive education and training opportunities, and future prospects.

HR Excellence in Research


Fraunhofer is the second applied research institute in Germany to carry the "HR Excellence in Research" logo. In December 2017, the European Commission awarded the logo to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in recognition of Fraunhofer's outstanding integrated human resources management.