Job and Career

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Whether as a starter job or as a spring board to other careers: the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI located in Karlsruhe offers attractive jobs to scientists, both male and female, administrative staff and students. You find information about our areas of work and our offers for pupils via the tabs.

The Fraunhofer ISI conducts interdisciplinary cutting-edge research at the intersection of technology, industry and society. Integrated in the science community, it supports politics and enterprises with its expertise

For this demanding task the Fraunhofer ISI is looking for qualified employees in the scientific and non-scientific field with own initiative, creativity, commitment and the ability to work well in a team, who gladly accept responsibility.

In return the institute offers flexible working hours, an excellent infrastructure, extensive opportunities for further education and training as well as many national and international contacts with access to the significant communities inside and outside the science scene.

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Working at the Fraunhofer ISI

Successfully combine family and work

We offer a number of opportunities to successfully combine family and work. The Fraunhofer ISI has flexible working hours, an excellent infrastructure and we offer the option to work from home. We have arranged places for the children of our employees at two day care centers nearby. We also offer child care arrangements during the school holidays and in emergencies.

Staff development

We value intelligent and committed staff who wants to contribute to progress and innovations. The focus here is on professional and personal development.

For example, we have an internal staff development concept which offers an extensive program of targeted professional and continuous training courses. You can also improve your professional skills in seminars on project management or attend language courses.

You can also gain additional qualifications in external seminars and you can attend meetings and conferences in your area of expertise.

As a graduate you have the opportunity to join the doctoral program at the Fraunhofer ISI. The dissertations completed at the Fraunhofer ISI are closely integrated into the strategies of the relevant Competence Centers.

Application guide and FAQ

Application guide

The Fraunhofer ISI offers many career opportunities for students, graduates and professionals. We have a technically well-equipped infrastructure, a friendly working environment and flat hierarchies.

Your application is the first impression our Competence Centers will have of you. We therefore recommend that you prepare your application in such a way that it fits your personal profile. A carefully prepared and clear application increases the chances that we will notice you. Please send your complete application by post or e-mail to the contact given in the job advertisement.

Letter of application
In the letter of application you should tell us which position at the Fraunhofer ISI you are applying for (please always state the reference number) and which areas of our work you are particularly interested in. Your letter of application should convince us of your qualifications and motivation that you want to work at our institute. Your letter of application should make a connection between your experience to date and the requirements stated in our job advertisement. If possible, your letter should not be longer than one A4 page.

Your résumé should be clearly structured and contain information about your person, training, job experience, knowledge and abilities (language and PC skills or other additional qualifications).

Applicants for an internship, a diploma, bachelor and/or master thesis or a job as a student assistant need to submit school leaving certificates, current overview of grades, pre-graduation certificate, internship certificates and a list of obtained ETCS points. If you are a graduate/young professional or already have job experience please include all your certificates and references.

Work samples/publications
If you are applying for an academic position and have already published we are interested in a list of all your publications to date.

Selection process
When you apply to us we will send you a letter confirming the receipt of your application. Your application will now be processed and sent to the relevant Competence Center. We try to give you feedback on the progress of your application as quickly as possible. Please understand that we only process and send our Competence Centers complete applications. In compliance with our data protection regulations we will store your personal data only internally and treat it as confidential.


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What does TVöD mean?
TVöD is the collective agreement for the public sector. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft complies with this agreement regarding employment, renumeration and social benefits. You can find further information about the TVöD (in German) via the following link.


WissenschaftThe Fraunhofer ISI offers scientists challenging work with responsibility and room for creativity. You will work in our interdisciplinary teams at the interface of technology and society and on interesting projects by national and international clients. Scientists who have completed their doctorate can become project leaders. 

We also support scientists who wish to obtain their doctorate. The dissertations completed at the Fraunhofer ISI are closely integrated into the strategies of the relevant Competence Center as we realize that this in-depth discussion has a positive impact on the academic quality of the Fraunhofer ISI and is proof of our scientific credibility.

Current vacancies (in German)

Administrative staff

VerwaltungThe administration provides services for all the staff at the Fraunhofer ISI. This includes our team and project assistants, Human Resources, the press and communication office and controlling. We can also offer you interesting career opportunities in the travel department, the library, the purchasing department, IT, at reception and in the canteen. We offer a friendly and open working atmosphere in an interesting environment.

Current vacancies (in German)


StudierendeStudents have the opportunity to work on interesting research projects as student assistants, to complete an internship as part of their studies and to write their thesis.

Current vacancies (in German)


SchülerThe Fraunhofer ISI also offers business management training, we have traineeships for office administrators and management assistants in office communication.

Your future place of work is well connected and organized. You will welcome visitors and deal with colleagues and external partners, either face-to-face or on the telephone. As an assistant you will co-ordinate appointments, prepare meetings and take care of correspondence. You will also gain insights into many other interesting areas of the institute such as Human Resources and controlling.

On request we also offer pupils one or two week internships in scientific nor non-scientific areas as part of BOGY or BORS. This gives you the opportunity to gain insights into the activities of one of the leading institutes of innovation research in Europe.

Current vacancies (in German)