Jobs and Career at Fraunhofer ISI

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.  

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.

If you do not find a suitable advertised position that matches your profile, you are also welcome to submit a speculative application.

You can find all further information on application tips, the application process and the interview procedure here.

  • A wide range of projects

    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 and Society as well as Innovation and Knowledge Economy.

    Freedom of research

    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.

    Working autonomously in a team

    You work independently in motivated teams and are encouraged to assume responsibility. Our flat organizational structure supports autonomous working.


    We can open the doors to numerous national and international contacts with access to the leading communities within academia and outside it.


    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.

    Compatibility of work and family

    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.

    Personnel development

    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.

    Equal opportunities and diversity

    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 disciplines.


    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 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. 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.

    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.

  • Are the job advertisements always up to date?

    The job advertisements on our homepage are up to date. If there is currently no job advertisement online that is suitable for you, use our subscription service and you will regularly receive current job advertisements.

    Are there any offers for alumni?

    Former Fraunhofer employees can now register on the new Fraunhofer Alumni Portal. By registering, they become members of Fraunhofer Alumni e. V., which was founded in 2015. The first year of membership is free, then a fee will be charged. More information can be found at the website for alumni.

    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. 



The Fraunhofer ISI offers scientists challenging work with responsibility and room for creativity.



The administration provides services for all the staff at the Fraunhofer ISI.



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 offers an optimal start to a professional career.