Jobs and Career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

Current openings

You love new challenges and want to make an impact? Then launch your career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS. We look forward to receiving your application!

We are hiring

Master Thesis Robust Machine Learning

Calling all students interested in robust machine learning at Fraunhofer IKS in Munich. Posts are immediately available for « Master Thesis: Effects of Quantization on the Robustness of Deep Neural Networks for Computer Vision ». Make the most of your talents by joining our certifiable AI team!  

We are hiring

Manager Business Development

As Business Development Manager you will lead the group Business Development at Fraunhofer IKS to cover a parental leave. Within this position, you have the opportunity to develop an exciting and challenging research environment, where both industry and the public sector will be inspiring and collaborative business partners. Supporting and applying agile project management and leadership methods are essential for your success.

We are hiring

Researcher Cloud-based resilient cyber-physical systems

Support us to actively shape the future of interconnected autonomous systems and intelligent collectives become reality. Contribute to enabling dependable architectures and systems comprising cloud services and embedded systems for smart automobiles, mobile machines, and production facilities. More specifically, you will manage, coordinate and work in projects for safe cloud-enabled Cyber-Physical Systems.

We are looking for a few good…

Researchers for Software Engineering

Support us to actively shape the future of autonomous systems. Contribute to a future of safe automobiles and machines

You can expect a unique combination of excellent science and application. We offer the possibility to attain the doctorate.


All current openings

Here you will find all of the current openings at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS.

Still haven’t found the right position?

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Leave your mark and make the world safer!

Apply to the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS in Munich.

Research associates

As a research associate at the Fraunhofer IKS, you will have the opportunity to actively shape the future. Seize the chance and become part of our motivated research team!

University students

You can get started with us even while pursuing a university education, whether as a student assistant, to work on your graduate or post-graduate thesis (bachelor’s, master’s) or to take on an internship.

Benefits & culture

At the Fraunhofer IKS, our goal is to make sure our employees to feel at home. That’s why we offer an excellent work environment and wide range of services and benefits. To learn more, take a look at our Benefits page.

Johana Fernandez and Kirsten Plesch, Human Resources at Fraunhofer IKS
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Fraunhofer IKS – an attractive employer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is one of Germany’s top employers – and we’re not the only ones who think so. Our opinion is backed-up several key organizations:

HR Excellence in Research

Fraunhofer is one of two applied research organizations in Germany that is permitted to display the »HR Excellence in Research« logo. In December 2017, the European Commission awarded the logo to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, thus recognizing Fraunhofer’s excellence in the area of integrated human resources management.

Germany’s most attractive employer

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Germany’s most attractive employer. This is according to a study conducted in 2018 by Randstad titled Employer Brand Research. The study was carried out through an online survey of 4,300 employees in Germany ranging in age from 18 to 65. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was already in the top ten in 2017.

Top employer 2020

According to a survey conducted by consulting firm Universum, Fraunhofer is one of Germany’s most popular employers in the field of science. In the natural sciences, Fraunhofer ranked number 3. In the engineering sciences, it came in at number 14. Universum created the rankings by surveying nearly 47,101 students at 231 German institutes of higher education.