Scientific career at Fraunhofer IOSB

Excellent research: application-oriented and future-oriented

Our expertise ranges from the physics of signal generation, including the generation, propagation and detection of light, to the people and machines that use the signals contained in the information - including the design of user-friendly, privacy-protecting and secure assistance systems.

Our research results shape the future - and are applied in industrial manufacturing, automated inspection, energy systems, intelligent cities, autonomous systems or public safety.

The application orientation of research is the trademark of Fraunhofer. We are not only close to the needs of end users in industry and public authorities, but also finance around one third of our work from real customer orders - in other words, we act (and acquire) close to the market and industry. Conversely, working for us often opens up good career opportunities in business.

Furthermore, the work in our scientific departments is characterized by cooperation and communication. In interdisciplinary project teams, motivated researchers and student assistants work together on sustainable future technologies. In addition, there is the possibility to participate in research at Fraunhofer IOSB as a guest scientist and to get to know the work first hand. More information is available on our blog.

Exciting topics, new products: What our employees say

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What I particularly appreciate at Fraunhofer IOSB are the multi-layered and complex tasks that always keep my mind moving and challenge me on a daily basis.

The opportunity to regularly outgrow myself a bit and actively be a part of the science of tomorrow. For these reasons, I also decided to do my doctorate at Fraunhofer.

M. Sc. Madeleine Eitner, Department Laser Technology
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At Fraunhofer IOSB we work on highly topical issues. In the tasks that we solve in close cooperation with our customers, our goal is to support people in their work in the best possible way through technology.

Due to the research character of our activities, new products are developed as well as social added value.      

Dr.-Ing. Florian van de Camp, Group Manager Interactive Systems

Advantages of a scientific career path at Fraunhofer IOSB

Career made to measure

Fraunhofer IOSB offers a wide range of opportunities, from starting as a student assistant to a professorship. With us, you can do your doctorate, become a sought-after expert, take on management responsibility or found a spin-off with the Fraunhofer Venture-Program.


Our research creates added value. We integrate the latest processes in robotics, recycling, quality assurance, energy and safety technology, communication and automation and transfer key technologies into application. 

Networking opportunities

On the scientific level, we are closely linked to the universities.
In projects we work with partners from industry and the public sector.

We are a partner or driving force in numerous Fraunhofer-internal and cross-functional alliances, initiatives and projects such as the Karlsruhe Research Factory for AI-integrated Production and the SmartFactoryOWL.

Working at the Fraunhofer IOSB therefore means the best possible networking with the most important players in our subject areas.


Some more advantages

  • Company pension scheme
  • Health Management
  • Sports Courses
  • Flexible working hours
  • Diversity and equal opportunities (e.g. with TALENTA as a career boost for women at Fraunhofer and other support programs)
  • Individual training
  • Personnel development program
  • Family service
  • Good laboratory equipment
  • job ticket
  • Parking space and good connection to public transport
  • Discounts
  • Canteen in the house or nearby
  • Company hikes


Human resources

Fraunhofer offers scientists numerous support programs depending on their level of experience and invests in the qualification and further training of its employees.  

Renowned science

The Fraunhofer IOSB is a recognized figure in many professional communities. Our researchers are regularly awarded for their excellent research work. Our broad spectrum of competencies opens up exciting starting points for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary work.

Our awards as an employer