Careers at Fraunhofer IPK

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Do you want to start working at Fraunhofer IPK while still in highschool or university? Gain your first experience in application-oriented research as an intern or as a student employee with us.

Research Fellows

If you have completed your studies, you can work for us as a research assistant. You will realize your first own R&D projects and have the opportunity to do your doctorate. 

Experienced Professionals

Experienced professionals from various fields will find exciting tasks at Fraunhofer IPK. Engineers and business economists with industrial or R&D experience are frequently sought in senior scientific positions. Our technical departments and administration are looking forward to applications from people who would like to work "close to science".

4 Reasons why You Should Work with Us

Professional Expertise – state of the art laboratory facilities and competent team support help turning ideas into products and theory into practice.

Team Spirit – excellent working climate with a strong spirit of collegiality and a vibrant fellow feeling in flat hierarchies.

Social Awareness – each of our employees bears a high level of personal responsibility, and we further training and reconciling the demands of family life and work.

Science the Practical Way – the close collaborative bonds existing between the institute and industry make it easy for graduates to qualify themselves for a post in the enterprise sector. We warmly welcome Ph.D. research projects.

Our Colleagues

Who works at Fraunhofer IPK and what keeps the scientists here at the institute busy? Get to know some of them in short portraits.

Julian Börnstein

His interest in complex machines and processes is why Julian studied medical-physical engineering at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. At Fraunhofer IPK he specializes in electrical discharge machining (EDM) and appreciates the multifaceted tasks that come with application-oriented research. »Fraunhofer IPK offers the opportunity to simultaneously be the person who identifies problems together with a customer, who thinks about what a solution could look like, who implements it and hands it back over to the customer. You rarely get that same scope elsewhere.«

Sonika Gogineni

Leading innovative research projects with global companies requires a meticulous approach and tough nerves. Sonika acquired both in the course of her studies. First in her home state of Bangalore, India, then at the Production Technology Center Berlin, where she completed a master's degree in Global Production Engineering. The mixture of production science and management science had brought her to Germany. Today, Sonika collects and systematizes semantic product data in the »Cockpit 4.0« project for Rolls-Royce Deutschland, a renowned drive manufacturer.

Gregor Thiele

Abstract connections, systematizing perception, thinking and knowledge – to Gregor it was clear early on that he wanted to go into research. First as a student, then as a research assistant and now as head of the Process Automation and Robotics department, he is exploring with his team how machines can become self-learning systems with the help of artificial intelligence. This also involves developing concepts to create acceptance for the use of AI. »Artificial intelligence must not just be a black box,« he says. »Making it transparent for people is what works well and intrigues me.«


Diversity at Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has signed the Charta der Vielfalt in November 2011. For us, diversity management means openly appreciating, recognizing and productively harnessing the diversity and uniqueness of all our employees. This includes equal participation and development – regardless of ethnic origin, gender, religion, ideology, disabilities, age, or sexual identity.

Our Alumni

Once Fraunhofer, always Fraunhofer – we keep close contact with our former researchers even after they have moved on to commercial enterprises, scientific organizations or government institutions. Our alumni associations offer them an international and interdisciplinary network. 


Alumni Column

Prof. Dr. med. Katrin Amunts

The professor for brain research is the director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich.


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Dr.-Ing. Philip Elsner

At Fraunhofer IPK he excelled in 3d printing, today he is responsible for the overall production of sterile products and drive units as division director at Berlin Heart.


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Dr.-Ing. Mark Krieg

As Vice President Development at Bosch Rexroth AG, the production technology expert is responsible for the development of the Industrial Hydraulics business unit.


Alumni Column

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mattes

He has remained true to science. At the Kiel University of Applied Sciences, he develops e. g. assistance apps for plant operators.


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Dr.-Ing. Benjamin Graf

The expert in joining and coating technologies has been working for the Corporate Management of Deutsche Bahn AG in the area of quality testing and excellence assessment since 2020.


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann Habakuk Israel

After studying computer science and earning his doctorate, the alumnus now teaches applied computer science at HTW Berlin.

Fraunhofer-Alumni e.V.

Since 2016, the Fraunhofer Alumni Association has offered a cross-industry and cross-disciplinary global network for experts.

IWF e.V.

The Association of friends of the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management at the TU Berlin – IWF e.V. was founded in 1974. Its mission is to promote science and research in the field of production engineering at our partner institute IWF.


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