Jobs and Career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

We are creating safe artificial intelligence for tomorrow!

Cognitive systems and artificial intelligence have a growing influence on our society. The systems no longer only decide what music to play for us next; they are also used in safety-critical areas like autonomous driving. As a result, the safety of these technologies is becoming more and more important.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS in Munich conducts applied research on the safe use of software technologies in the automotive, medtech, smart farming and Industry 4.0 industry sectors. Our approach is called safe intelligence: We reconcile intelligence and safety. Our vision: a world we can rely on. 

Your career path at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS

No matter what the stage of your career, Fraunhofer IKS in Munich will accompany you on your way to the next milestone.


Gain practical, project-related experience while you study – as a student research assistant, while writing your thesis (bachelor, master) or during an internship.

Career starters

Conduct your own independent research in your very first job. At Fraunhofer IKS, we offer ideal conditions for you to get started in research.


As a scientist at Fraunhofer IKS, you will help actively shape a safer future. Take advantage of this opportunity and become part of our motivated research team!

We are rethinking the world of work

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS, we are researching reliable software engineering for safety-critical applications. We are not only researching the latest technologies but are also continuously optimizing our management culture: We work dynamically and focus on the heart of our institute: our employees!

Benefits and culture

Satisfied employees are the best employees! At Fraunhofer IKS, excellent conditions and offers will ensure that you feel good!

Working at Fraunhofer IKS

Our blog will give you insights into our research topics and working at the institute – and give you an opportunity to get to know your future colleagues. Read here...

Institute funding

The establishment and expansion of Fraunhofer IKS is a digital lighthouse project of the Bavarian high-tech agenda. Its goal: to drive research on artificial intelligence. 

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 by several key organizations:

Awards for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Fraunhofer IKS as an employer

Help Fraunhofer IKS make the future a little safer!

As an applied research institute, we are moving toward a safer future step by step. Are you looking for new, meaningful challenges? If you are, apply now and become part of our team.

All open positions

Our careers portal features all the current job openings at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS in Munich.

Speculative application

You cannot find your dream job in our current job advertisements? Simply send us a speculative application through our careers portal!

We are currently revising our application process. Soon you will find the link to speculative application.


Our FAQs and application tips should answer all your application-related questions. And if you still have questions: Our HR officers Kirsten Plesch and Dimitra Stavrakaki will be happy to answer them.