Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI
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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.
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Our six Competence Centers encompass different areas
of research with a wide range of interesting projects: Energy Policy and Energy
Markets, Energy Technology and Energy Systems, Foresight, Sustainability and
Infrastructure Systems, Emerging Technologies and Policy – Industry –
At Fraunhofer you are given the scope to develop your
research interests. We support you in honing your idea, applying for research
projects and acquiring industrial clients.
You work independently in motivated teams and are
encouraged to assume responsibility. Our flat organizational structure supports
We can open the doors to numerous national and
international contacts with access to the leading communities within academia and
Researchers from all kinds of disciplines work together
in our project teams. This means different approaches, ways of thinking and
methods are used and our projects are tackled in an interdisciplinary way.
Work-life balance is important to our employees.
Fraunhofer ISI offers flexible working hours, part-time work models and the
possibility to work from home. Numerous sport and health-related services are
offered because we care about the well-being of the people who work for and
with us. We have reserved places for the children of employees in two nearby day
care centers. We also offer help with child care arrangements during the school
holidays and emergency child care.
We rely on intelligent and committed employees who
want to play their part in contributing to progress and innovations. Professional
and personal further development is therefore a priority. We offer a wide range
of vocational education and training courses. You have the opportunity to
develop your skills following our in-house personnel development program, or you can attend
external seminars to gain further qualifications.
Different experiences are the driving force for
creative ideas and concepts and therefore innovations. Diversity is therefore
an asset for Fraunhofer’s activities. Our teams strive to be as balanced as
possible – comprising men and women of different ages, cultures and
Our workplaces are equipped with the latest technology.
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
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. Applications only via our online portal please.
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.
If you are applying for an academic position and have already published we are interested in a list of all your publications to date.
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.
The 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
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.
The 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.
Students 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.
The Fraunhofer ISI provides training for the commercial profession ‚officer manager‘ and offers an optimal start to a professional career.
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.
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