Your career at Fraunhofer IOF

Do you want to conduct research in one of the leading institutes for optics and photonics and face the challenges of tomorrow together with a dedicated team? Meet enthusiastic people and a technologically well-equipped working environment in which you can advance your skills and unfold your potential.

Become part of our highly motivated team and our future-oriented institute.


We are looking forward to meeting you!

Our current job offers

We frequently offer jobs for scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff.
For the complete list of all vacancies, please check our offers in German.

© AdobeStock

Job offer:

Scientific Researcher for
Quantum Communication Systems

We are currently looking for a researcher to join our "Quantum Communication Technologies" team. With passion and creativity, together we want to get one step closer to the vision of a quantum internet. Do you want to be part of this vision? Then we are looking forward to your application!

Job Offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Scientific Researcher for EUV and X-ray Imaging and Metrology

We are looking for a scientific researcher in the group »Laser Technology« for the independent planning and execution of challenging theoretical and experimental research topics in the field EUV and X-ray imaging and metrology with table-top laser sources. Then apply and take the chance to further develop EUV and X-ray imaging:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Speculative application for the department of Micro- and Nanostructured Optics

In the department “Micro- and Nanostructured Optics” you will work on versatile research projects, e.g., in the field of photolithography, tailor-made diffusors or stochastic structures for antireflection. Interested? Please find out more:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Speculative application for the department Optical and Mechanical System Design

In the department “Optical and Mechanical System Design” you will work on versatile research projects in the field of optical, mechanical or system design or simulation and analysis. Please click here for further information:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Speculative application in the field of imaging and sensing

In the department “Imaging and Sensing” you will work on versatile research projects in the field of 3D measurement techniques, optics characterization or metrological computer tomography. Please click here for further information:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Speculative application for the department Precision Optical Components and Systems

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. Please click here for further information:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Speculative application for the department Laser and Fiber Technology

In the department “Laser and Fiber Technology” you will work on versatile research projects, e.g., in the field of packaging technology for fiber lasers and fiber optics, fiber-based amplification of laser sources or microchip lasers. Please click here for further information:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Speculative application for the department Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems

In the department “Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems” you will work on versatile research projects such as quantum hardware, microassembly, and assembly technologies for micro-optical systems or 3D printing of optical elements. Please click here for further information:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF


More vacancies

For the complete view of all open positions please also have a look at the german page:

Open German Job offers

© Fraunhofer IOF

Unsolicited application:

No suitable job offer? No problem!

We are always on the lookout for committed scientists, engineers, technicians, and young talents, even beyond our current offers.

Your qualifications and skills match our areas of expertise and you would like to work in one of our teams? Send us an unsolicited application via our application portal:

Apply on your own initiative


Institute building of the Fraunhofer IOF.
© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offers via e-mail:

Job newsletter

Customized job notifications automatically by e-mail – Set up your personal jobfeed and don't miss any job offers at Fraunhofer IOF that are of interest to you. 

To do this, create an account in our application portal. Under "Options" you will find the settings for "Job notifications". Enter "Jena" as location in the search criteria to receive job offers from Fraunhofer IOF.  

Activate jobfeed

© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Student Assistant-High precision optical metrology for glass capillary diameters

We are looking for support in the development and implementation of a measurement technique for the precise determination of the diameter of capillaries within our special fibers during the fiber drawing process. The ideal position is as an internship, student assistant or also as part of a thesis (Bachelor, Master). Interested? We are looking forward to your application:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Student assistant - processing of glass surfaces in fiber technology

Are you interested in innovative technologies and fiber technology? Do you already have basic knowledge of glass processing and/or fiber technology? If not, don't worry. We are looking forward to your application:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offer:

Student Assistant / Intern "Fiber to Chip Coupling"

For the department "Opto-mechatronical Components and Systems" we are looking for highly motivated research students to join the "Quantum Hardware" group. Please click here for further information:

Job offer


© Fraunhofer IOF

Job offers:  

Student assistants

Are you looking for practical experience alongside your courses? Then you've come to the right place! We offer you exciting and versatile activities as student assistants. You will gain valuable practical experience at a renowned research institute during your time at university - as well as useful contacts for your future career. Apply now and shape the world of tomorrow together with us!

Current job offers


Nothing suitable in the current job postings?

No problem: We are always on the lookout for committed young talents, even beyond our current job postings. Depending on your area of interest, you can apply to different departments.

Our offers for students


Start your career at Fraunhofer IOF and apply on your own initiative!

Speculative Application


You want to get to know us personally or you have open questions?

We regularly participate in career fairs and are happy to answer all your questions about applications, jobs, professional trainings, and career opportunities. You can find upcoming career fairs under the following link. We are looking forward to your visit!

Career fairs with participation of Fraunhofer IOF

You need answers to your questions as soon as possible? Just send us a message:

Open contact form

© Fraunhofer IOF

Topics for final theses:

Final theses at Fraunhofer IOF

You are looking for a topic for your thesis and want to generate practical benefit? Don't write a thesis for the drawer - come to us!

We offer state-of-the-art technology and exciting thesis topics relevant to current research.

Our offers for students


Apply for your desired topic or suitable research field!

Speculative Application


Please feel free to contact us with your desired topic or the research field that is appealing to you. Contact directly the contact persons of the respective department or use our contact form for inquiries:

Open contact form

© Fraunhofer IOF


Putting theory into practice

Looking for an internship? Then contact us!

We are always happy to hear from interested young talents and would be happy to give you an exciting insight into the work at a research institute. Depending on your area of interest, you can get a taste of different scientific departments with an internship.

Our offers for students


Experience practice in applied research and apply on your own initiative!

Speculative Application


Just send us a message and experience the everyday working practices in an institute for applied research:

Open contact form

Highly wanted: Reinforcement for our quantum research teams

The fascinating world of quanta holds the key to many future questions. At Fraunhofer IOF, we are driving groundbreaking quantum research with numerous research projects. For this reason, we are always on the lookout for creative minds to join us in deciphering the world of quanta - for the benefit of business, industry, and society. Detailed information on our special research topics can be found in the flyers deposited here. 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


Let's shape the quantum future!


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

Send us your unsolicited application!

What we would like to see: More women in photonics!

Fraunhofer IOF clearly advocates for more women in photonics and at our institute. As a research institution in a dynamically changing research landscape, diversity is essential for the success of our promising work mission. For this reason, increasing the proportion of women is one of our most important goals in organizational development.

We can proudly look back on many inspiring women and their great work at Fraunhofer IOF. We wish to gain multifaceted perspectives on new, exciting photonic challenges with even more female colleagues in the future.

To achieve this goal, our "Human Resources Development, Organizational Development, and Innovation" team takes a wide variety of approaches. One of them is to get to the bottom of essential questions. These include how to get girls and women interested in research with light at an early stage. They are also exploring new organizational approaches to develop attractive working models for women and establish them at Fraunhofer IOF.

One thing is clear: If you want to inspire more female researchers for optics and physics, you need strong role models that future generations can look to for guidance. We present them to you under the following link:

Female power at Fraunhofer IOF

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 at 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.

Upcoming events


discover science

For the "Forsche-Schüler-Tag" (Researcher Student Day) on April 27, students will have the opportunity to discover research at Fraunhofer IOF.

The Fraunhofer IOF as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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 76 institutes and research facilities. 30,000 employees, predominantly with a scientific or engineering background, work with an annual research budget of € 2.9 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

Latest studies show that not only does Fraunhofer stand for top-level research; it is also one of the most attractive employers in Germany. See yourself and apply!

Versatile promotion at Fraunhofer IOF

Promoting young talent

We offer school classes the opportunity to get to know the institute in general or on a specific topic.

In addition, we bring optics to life! In our experiments and workshops for school children, they can learn the basics of optics in a playful way.


Promoting ideas

The Digital Innovation Hub Photonics (DIHP) of the Center of Excellence in Photonics (high-performance center of Fraunhofer IOF and FSU Jena) helps founders to turn their photonics project ideas into start-ups or business models.

Fraunhofer IOF is a start-up ambassador

The GRÜNDERSERVICE (founder service) of FSU Jena offers students, scientists, and alumni comprehensive services of support, ranging from developing their business idea to founding their own company.

More information

Have we aroused your interest?


Then apply now.

We look forward to receiving your application for the open positions or your unsolicited application.

Questions & hints for applications


We are pleased that you are interested in a career at Fraunhofer IOF! Here we have collected frequently asked questions with hints around the application:

Something is unclear?


We will be happy to help.

Please ask your questions to the contact person indicated on this page or use our contact form .