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How do I apply - by letter, email or online?

Please apply via our online application portal. You will find a direct link to this page in the respective job advertisement. Unless otherwise stated in the job advert, online applications are preferable.


What information should I state in my application?

Without exception, your application should include the following: personal letter of application, curriculum vitae, academic certificates and employer references.


What should I write in my letter of application?

Your letter of application should not exceed one A4 page. The following information is of particular importance to us:

  • the post you are applying for and the focus of the institute (please state the job advertisement number)
  • relevant practical experience and qualifications
  • if applicable, the earliest possible date you could start working for us


What information should my C.V. contain?

Firstly, please send your C.V. as a PDF file. It should:

  • be concise and well-structured
  • contain information in chronological order
  • include details of your education, professional experience, as well as knowledge and skills (hard- and software, foreign languages, other relevant qualifications)
  • and personal hobbies.
  • If applicable: examination certificates and employer references
  • contact details (email address, telephone number).


What happens after I have sent off my job application?

If your profile matches our requirements, your application documents will be forwarded to the relevant department. If the department is interested in your application, you will be invited to attend a personal interview or assessment center.


When am I likely to hear from you?

When we receive your application documents, you will be automatically sent confirmation of receipt by email. The selection procedure takes time because we ask various people to read through your application carefully.


I still have a few questions about the job advertisement - where do I find out more about it?

You can contact the person in charge directly via the contact details shown in the job advertisement. This person will be happy to answer any concrete questions you may have about the job.


Can I make any changes to my applicant profile after I have sent it off?

After you have registered on our application portal, you are given the opportunity to create and save an applicant profile. This is only activated once you have sent off your application. After that, you cannot make any changes to your documents. If we require further documents from you, we will send you an email asking you to send in the missing documents.


How long are my application data saved for?

Your data are not deleted automatically. We add them to our applicant pool so that we can get in touch with you at a later date if required. If you do not want us to save your data, please let us know.

Do you want an innovative job with personal responsibility and the opportunity to work with national and international research and industrial projects? Do you like working in interdisciplinary teams? Then you have got in touch with the right people! Your advantages as an employee:


Working at Fraunhofer IPA

  • State-of-the-art laboratory equipment
  • Flexible working hours (flexitime)
  • 30 days’ annual leave
  • Remuneration in compliance with the wage agreement for German civil service employees
  • Christmas bonus
  • Save-as-you-earn schemes


Balancing work and family life

  • Nearness to a daycare facility for children
  • Vacation scheme for children
  • Mobile baby changing unit
  • Care of the elderly/emergency childcare


Sports opportunities

  • In-house sports course “Back fitness”
  • Neck massage
  • Health Day
  • Reduced fees for university sports at the University of Stuttgart


Further training opportunities

  • Personal development opportunities through training programs
  • Coaching
  • Dissertation seminars
  • Option to do a PhD



  • Diversity
  • People with disabilities
  • Internationality


Further benefits for employees:

  • Discounts on company public transport ticket
  • Cheaper insurance, e.g. vehicle insurance.
  • Fraunhofer-wide discounts on corporate benefits