Application FAQ

From the application process to the job interview: Here you will find the most important questions about your application – and of course the answers.

Is there a question left open? Then contact our contact persons in the HR department!

  • The job offers on our homepage are always up to date.

    If there is currently no suitable job offer online for you, please use our subscription service (German website) and you will regularly receive current job offers. We also look forward to receiving your unsolicited application.

  • Yes! We are hiring student, scientific, administrative as well as technical staff during the Corona pandemic.

    Our current vacancies can be found at the top of our careers page. The activities can also be performed in a home office within the scope of the job requirement. If this is not possible, the tasks will be performed at the institute in compliance with the applicable hygiene measures.

  • Fraunhofer IOSB offers many different entry opportunities for pupils, students, graduates and experienced professionals in the fields of science, administration and technology e.g. in the following:

    • internship
    • apprenticeship / dual studies
    • activity as research assistant / student assistant
    • possibility of a thesis
    • opportunity for doctorate
    • direct entry as (scientific) employee

    Is there no suitable position advertised for you at the institute, but you are interested in working with us? Then send us an unsolicited application!

  • For reasons of data protection (including compliance with storage and deletion periods for your application documents), please apply online only by clicking on the "Apply" button on our job postings. You can find our data protection declaration on how we handle applications here (in German).

    Students who would like to apply for a student job, an internship or a thesis at the Karlsruhe location should send their application by e-mail to the academic contact person named in the job posting. 

  • Please enclose a cover letter, your CV and all relevant certificates with your application - preferably in the form of pdf files.

    The cover letter will clearly state your qualifications and your motivation to work for our institute. You also make clear the connection between your previous experience and the requirements of the position. If possible, your cover letter should not exceed one A4 page.

    In your CV you will clearly and in a structured way present information about yourself, your education, professional practice, knowledge and skills (foreign languages, PC skills and additional qualifications). You may include a photograph, but this optional, is not mandatory.

    Applicants for a (compulsory) internship, a thesis or a position as a research assistant must provide us with documents such as their high school diploma, current grades, intermediate diploma, internship certificates and a list of current ECTS points.

    If you are a career starter or experienced professional, please enclose all your graduation and employment certificates with your documents.

    When applying for an academic position, we would also be pleased to receive an insight into your previous publications that could be of interest to us.

  • 1. Application receipt

    You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your application.

    2. Review of the applications

    Your application will be processed by our employees and the specialist departments. Please note that this may take some time.          

    3. Job interview

    If your application documents have impressed us, we will invite you for an interview. This is an important step to get to know each other better and to assess the mutual fit.

    4. Feedback

    If you have convinced us in an interview and our choice has been made, we will start the internal recruitment process.

    If you are not chosen, you will receive prompt feedback on your application. Please understand that often only details are decisive in the selection process and do not see this as a general assessment of your qualifications.

  • It only takes about five minutes of your time to enter your application into our applicant management system, as you only need to enter your master data and upload your most important documents.

    Of course, this does not include the time you need in advance to prepare the application documents that you want to upload as documents (pdf files).

  • If you find several suitable job vacancies, you have the possibility to apply for several positions.

  • You can inform yourself about our institute in advance and know the most important facts. You can use our homepage or our annual report as a basis for this. You should also know what your own expectations are of the position.

    Feel free to bring questions into the conversation. It is useful to find out in advance how to get here and where to park so that you can arrive at the interview on time and in a relaxed manner. A self-confident appearance and a well-groomed appearance will make a positive impression. And last but not least: Be yourself - only this is authentic!

  • Yes, you can withdraw your application in the candidate profile and delete your data.

  • Yes, you can interrupt the process and resume it at a later date.