Direct Entry in Science

Finally apply the knowledge from your studies and keep learning new things: possible with us! As a research associate at our institute, you will work directly on current research and development projects. Depending on the client - be it a commercial enterprise or the EU, for example - you will be confronted with a wide variety of problems and find innovative solutions together with your project team.

While in industrial projects you will be in close contact with the company in order to incorporate the requirements of the market, public projects usually include cooperation with other research institutes.

You will be closely involved in the entire development process, from the creation of the specifications and the execution of your task package to the presentation of the project results. As you gain experience, you will assist in writing research proposals, acquiring new industry projects and take on the management of your own projects.

Take a look at our current vacancies to see if there is anything of your interest.


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Fraunhofer Attract

We promote creative project ideas with a high degree of innovation with the "Fraunhofer Attract" program, which supports excellent scientists in implementing their findings close to the market. A budget and the equipment within a Fraunhofer institute are available for the research topic with an .

Fraunhofer TALENTA

The Fraunhofer program for female scientists: Whether you are a career starter, experienced scientist or established executive - there is the right support for every career stage. "TALENTA" is directly tailored to the needs of your respective career phase and offers you suitable qualification opportunities.