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FAQ – Applying for a job at Fraunhofer SCAI

Where do I find the job openings at Fraunhofer?
Current job openings are listed in our Web sites under Career. A list of all job offers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is available at:

The Job Newsletter (in German) keeps you up-to-date on current job offers at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. To subscribe, visit: (in German)

How do I submit my application?
Visit (in German) to submit your application. A person to contact for more information is named at the bottom of each job offer.

Students, Doctoral Students

What types of involvement for students do you offer?
We offer jobs as:

  • Interns (e.g. as part of a Praxissemester);
  • Student Assistants.

We also offer the opportunity to conduct R&D for a bachelor thesis, master thesis, Diplomarbeit or doctoral dissertation.

Are these jobs restricted to students in specific fields?

The Fraunhofer Institute SCAI mostly hire science or engineering students. Students in other fields are invited to apply for suitable jobs or to submit a detailed research proposal.

What is the first step in applying for a student job?
Please first check our Web site for the details of the institute's business areas and research fields closest to your academic / professional interest. The institute's Jobs / Career page lists current job offers of the institute.
The Fraunhofer Jobs / Career page ( links to classified job offers across all Fraunhofer institutes and research establishments. It also lets you submit your résumé unrelated to any specific job offer.

What should I mention in an unsolicited job application?
Please be as specific and focused as possible. In any case you should indicate your field(s) of study, your current year / semester and the time you would like work for Fraunhofer SCAI. Please also specify the kind of contribution you expect to make given your current qualification. Email your application to the contact person named in the Web page of the business area or research group you are interested in.

Are there any deadlines?
There are no general application deadlines for student jobs at Fraunhofer. Please bear in mind that the full application process may take three to six months, depending on the type of job.

What should I do if I would like to conduct R&D for my thesis or dissertation at Fraunhofer SCAI?

Before you contact us, make sure that your university lets you submit a thesis for which you conduct research in an external organization. If this hurdle is cleared, please send us a specific proposal for the research you would like to work on.
Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, we cannot answer unspecific inquiries for thesis support.
Please email your research proposal to the contact person named in the Web page of the business area or research group your R&D subject fits in.

Whom do I contact with a general inquiry about internships?
Ms. Susanne Harnisch is in charge of Intern Liaison And Support at the Fraunhofer Institute Center Schloss Birlinghoven:
Phone +49 2241 14-2235

As a doctoral student, how do I apply for a job at Fraunhofer SCAI?
Please visit the respective institute Web sites to check for job offers for doctoral students (doctorates). We invite you to consider also job offers for regular Fraunhofer R&D positions. Depending on your subject and our current projects it may well be possible to work for your thesis in close connection with your job.
Please email your unsolicited application to the contact person named in the Web page of the business area or research group your R&D subject fits in.

Travel expenses

Will my travel expenses for an interview be refunded?
If we invite you for an interview, long-distance travel expenses can be reimbursed under certain conditions and rules. Travel expenses of applicants from the Bonn–Cologne area will not be refunded. For details please contact us ahead of the interview..

Contact information

Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI
Schloss Birlinghoven
53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Phone 02241 14-2500