FAQs for Job Applicants

I want to apply for a job as a researcher. What are the prerequisites for an application?

These positions require a degree from a university or university of applied sciences (e.g., a German Diplom or a Master’s degree), preferably in computer science or a related engineering discipline.

In which form should I submit my application?

We prefer you to submit your application electronically by clicking on the respective link in the vacancy announcement in our job portal. There you can fill out our application form and upload your documents.

Which documents should I submit? What else do you want to know?

In additional to a chronological CV as well as the relevant (!) references and certificates, please submit a letter of motivation describing, in particular, your knowledge, skills, and experience with regard to the job you are applying for. It is also of interest to us to know which area of our institute you are particularly interested in. Finally, please tell us the earliest date you could start working for us.

What should I pay attention to when putting together and uploading my documents?

Please make sure to combine all relevant documents into a single file no larger than 2 MB in size, which, when printed, should result in regular application documents. ZIP archives, Word files, and image files cannot be accepted. For organizational reasons, application documents hosted on an applicant’s personal website or on the website of another organization cannot be downloaded manually.

Can I send you an unsolicited application?

Please send unsolicited applications – also with the common application documents – as PDF documents by email to job@iese.fraunhofer.de.

I would prefer to submit my application in writing. Where should I send my application?

Please send all written documents exclusively to the following postal address:

Fraunhofer IESE
Attn.: Mrs. Petra Wulff
Fraunhofer-Platz 1
67663 Kaiserslautern

What does TVöD mean?

TVöD is the German name for the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (“Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst”). The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft follows the regulations of this collective wage agreement with regard to hiring, remuneration, and social benefits. Information about the TVöD and the TVöD pay groups (in German) can be found here.

How long will it take until I get feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, we cannot state a generally applicable period of time since the processing of applications is dependent on several factors. If you submit an online application, you will automatically receive a confirmation of receipt. If you apply to us by mail or email, we will send you a confirmation as soon as your application has been registered.

I have further questions. Who can I contact?

For all questions regarding the application process at Fraunhofer IESE, please contact Mrs. Petra Wulff (petra.wulff@iese.fraunhofer.de).