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.

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Photonics Engineer for Quantum Computing

You want to participate in the development of a quantum computer? Apply now:

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Photonics Engineer for Quantum Technology

You want to develop quantum optical setups to be applied in quantum computers? Apply now:

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Project Manager Quantum Technologies

You want to promote the development of quantum technologies in R&D and application as well as companies and ecosystems? Apply now:

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Technical Project Manager in Photonic Quantum Technology

You are passionate about optical quantum technologies and project management? Apply now:

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Systems Engineer for Satellite-Based Quantum Communication

You are interested in quantum communications and want to work on new systems for satellite-based communication? Apply now:

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Researcher in Quantum Cryptography

You are interested in quantum communication and quantum key distribution? Apply now:

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More vacancies

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

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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.


We appreciate initiative

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:

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Targeted search

In addition to the current overview of our vacancies, our application portal also offers you the option of filtering by job functions, among other things. In this way, you can quickly and conveniently find suitable offers from the areas:


Targeted notifications

In addition, customized job notifications can be activated so that you will be informed immediately if a job at Fraunhofer IOF that is of interest to you is published.

To do so, create an account and enter Jena as the location for the job notification.

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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 for students


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 the following departments:


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

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If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you. Just send us a message:

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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 in our eight scientific departments:


Please feel free to contact us with your desired topic or the research field that is appealing to you.

Use our contact form for inquiries or contact directly the contact persons of the respective department.

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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 the following scientific departments with an internship:


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

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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.

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 75 institutes and research facilities. 29,000 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.

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.

FAQ and tips for the application


We are currently working on an overview of frequently asked questions as well as helpful tips for applying to Fraunhofer IOF. This will be available here soon. Until it is completed, please feel free to address your questions to the contact person listed on this page.


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