Research between theory and practice – your career in science at the Fraunhofer IKS

We conduct applied research into the issues of tomorrow: validation of artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and connectivity.

Shaping the future at the Fraunhofer IKS

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS, you have the opportunity to actively shape and make an impact on the future of autonomous systems. To do that, we conduct research into innovative software approaches for Industry 4.0 and future mobility. Through your activities, you help ensure that the world will be able to depend on automobiles, machines and production systems that operate safely.

A career at the interface between science and industry


As a member of the Fraunhofer network of institutes, we operate at the interface between science and industry. And as a member of our team, you will work on current issues that impact science and society such as autonomous driving, industrial automation and connected driving. With our close contact to industry, the solutions you develop flow directly into the product development process, where they come to life. The result is that you make an active contribution to the development of a safe future.

Are you interested in knowing the kinds of things we research? Then take a glance at our project overview.

Your next career step: a doctorate

Do you want to pursue a career in science and research after obtaining your university degree? The Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS offers you the opportunity to pursue your doctorate while working at the institute. We cooperate with the University of Augsburg and universities in Munich, so that we can offer you the best opportunities for taking that next step in your career.

Excellent environment for more flexibility


At the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems IKS, we understand there is more to life than work. For that reason, our excellent work environment provides considerable flexibility to help you achieve a proper work-life balance:

  • 39-hour work week and 30 days of paid vacation
  • Flex time and comp time
  • Home office and part-time positions
  • Parent-child office and day care services during school holidays
  • A full list of the benefits offered by Fraunhofer IKS is available at: benefits & culture