Individual Doctoral Projects at Fraunhofer Institutes

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In brief

PhD students can complete a doctorate while working on exciting projects in the newest areas of technology with state--of-the-art equipment at a Fraunhofer-Institute.

Who can apply?

PhD students with

  • an outstanding university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
  • the ability to conduct independent research
  • teamworking and communication skills
  • a good knowledge of the English language

Type and extent of funding

Work contract with a salary based on the collective agreement for public sector employees. Bonuses possible depending on performance and success.


Generally 3 years with possible extension of up to 6 years.


Applications should be submitted to the respective Fraunhofer Institute. Vacancies and closing dates are advertised on the websites of individual institutes or on the job exchange (see link below).

Jobs at Fraunhofer

Fraunhofer offers researchers the opportunity to engage in independent, creative and, at the same time, targeted work. International researchers can develop their professional and personal skills that will enable them to take up positions of responsibility at Fraunhofer, at universities, in industry and within society. You will find current Fraunhofer offers on its Jobs and Career page.

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