Discover the future with us!

Welcome to Fraunhofer ITEM!

Would you like to shape the future with us? Be it in Hannover, Braunschweig, Regensburg – we look forward to working with you and your ideas for tomorrow’s health research.

Top-level staff for top-level research

Fraunhofer stands for top-level research worldwide and is one of the most popular employers in Germany. We offer you a working environment with state-of-the-art equipment and excellent professional development opportunities – enabling you to pursue your career goals and achieve them with us.

Research for human health

Are you dreaming of changing the world? So do we. This is certainly an ambitious goal, but we are trying to achieve it every single day. Everyone at Fraunhofer ITEM is making a sustainable contribution to advancing in health research. Because it is our vision to be “Pioneers for sustainable health”.

From idea to market maturity

We protect man from health hazards and develop novel drugs and therapeutic approaches. We transfer findings and know-how into values, services and products for society and humankind. Science or administration, internship, doctorate or management? You will find many opportunities to start your career with us.

You’re not alone

Research requires visions, a shift in perspective, thinking outside the box. Close cooperation with more than 70 Fraunhofer institutions, academia, other research organizations, industry and many partners worldwide enable real innovations and sustainable networks.

Solid foundation

Fraunhofer staff benefits from a crisis-proof financing mix of basic funding from the public sector, contract research for industry and publicly financed research projects, a remuneration based on the collective wage agreement for the public service (TVöD) as well as flexible work hours and workplace schemes. Solid working conditions give us the freedom to take personal initiative and be innovative.

Thinking outside the box

Our ideas and innovations emerge at the interface between medical science, natural science, computer science and engineering. In a highly regulated environment, we transfer our research into industrial applications. This interdisciplinarity is our strength.

Your entry opportunities: current vacancies

Apprentice positions / internships for pupils

You did not find the job you were looking for?

Then please send us an unsolicited application.

Find a broad range of vacancies at other Fraunhofer institutes in the Fraunhofer’s jobs portal

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Your personal growth at Fraunhofer ITEM

Fraunhofer ITEM offers multiple opportunities for your personal and professional development. We support you on your career path.

Regular one-on-one meetings with your team leader enable you to actively shape your career path at Fraunhofer ITEM and assume responsibility at an early stage.

Our wide range of qualification opportunities and schemes enable you to build up and expand your professional expertise, your methodological and managing competencies as well as your soft skills. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer network offers professional support and a large number of advanced training opportunities.


We develop intelligent healthcare solutions – with a focus on applications for the market


Setting the basis for creative and collaborative thinking and working is always challenging – even more in times of distributed work. 
  • “Think together, Think different“: This format invites all our scientists to take a different perspective and gives impetus for interdisciplinary projects.
  • Quarterly staff meetings: In regular half-day events, we keep each other up to date on figures, projects, and plans for the future.
  • ”Meet and greet”: In a weekly informal gathering, everyone with a hot drink in hand, we catch up on projects and other topics.

The health of our staff is important to us!

We support our employees in reducing physical stress and in strengthening health resources in a sustainable way.

  • Active lunch break: In a weekly 15-minute exercise session with a professional instructor, we train our bodies and relax in front of our screens. 
  • In 2022, we dedicated a full day to health topics for the first time and learned a lot about work-life-balance.


Fraunhofer staff benefits from flexible working hours and workplace models.

In cases of short-term childcare shortages, we have a parent-child office giving our employees the opportunity to bring their children to the workplace and take care of them here on-site.

Furthermore, our employees can make use of the comprehensive offers of the pme-Familienservice such as seminars, trainings, advice or support on matters regarding childcare, care or illness.

Doing sustainable research – assuming responsibility

We pursue our vision of being "Pioneers for sustainable health" in our daily research work. Assuming responsibility is at the center of our corporate philosophy.

Striving towards this goal, we make every effort to save resources:

  • Charging stations for electric cars in our parking lots
  • Charging possibilities for electric bikes
  • Institute (cargo) bikes
  • Green electricity
  • Redesign of our outdoor area in the sense of natural gardening, supported by the project “Außenstelle Natur” and plenty of motivated employees.  

Lunch roulette

Once per month and on a voluntary basis, we randomly match employees for one-to-one lunch dates.

These allow for interesting conversations, connections, and insights. From interns to institute directors, there is a broad range of possible lunchmates.

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People at Fraunhofer ITEM

A wide range of jobs, great performance and many people who translate ideas into innovative healthcare solutions.

Learn more about some of our staff members working in different jobs.


“My main motivation is to achieve a gain in knowledge. To think that the work I enjoy can actually help someone is really a wonderful thought.”

Maximilian Fuchs, researcher in the Division of Cardiovascular Research


“My work is perfect for people who can get really enthusiastic and like to keep going, even when things get difficult.”

Dr. Mandy Otto, researcher in the Division of Cardiovascular Research


“Understanding the molecular basis of human disease and cancer research in particular have fascinated me since my teenage years.”

Nataša Stojanović Gužvić Ph.D., project manager in the Division of Personalized Tumor Therapy


“The documentation of sensitive health data in clinical research is a critical puzzle piece for progress in medicine!”

Annika Wittig, project manager and study coordinator in the Department of Clinical Airway Research


“It seemed exciting to me to be involved in important studies that help minimize the risk to human health.”

Dr. Otto Creutzenberg, head of the Fraunhofer ITEM Department of

Inhalation Toxicology for many years


In our social networks we give you insights into the topics that scientists at Fraunhofer ITEM are working on, inform you about publications, projects, current vacancies and give you a look behind the scenes.


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“It is wonderful and fascinating to be involved in research that holds tremendous potential for the future, such as the development of vaccines and cancer therapies.“

Selina Schrader, Scientist in Division of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


“I want to pass on my knowledge and to enthuse young people about the multifaceted and exciting job of a laboratory technician.”

Annika Klauke, Laboratory technician in Department of Preclinical Pharmacology and In-vitro Toxicology


“My team and I together provide the technical environment that allows our scientists to do their research as smoothly as possible.”

Marvin Thienel, Head of Technical Infrastructure

We look forward to receiving your job application.

Do you have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us. 

Jennifer Giesemann

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Jennifer Giesemann


Phone +49 171 5462348

Kathrin  Breuer

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Kathrin Breuer

Head of Recruiting

Phone +49 175 6586904