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Working at Fraunhofer - Europe's leading organization for applied science

We are looking for lateral thinkers – people with innovative and creative ideas who set a high quality standard for themselves and want to do top-notch work for our institute and our clients. We are interested in recruiting and promoting talented employees and offer them a long-term perspective. We provide sophisticated challenges, but also a working environment with much leeway and solutions tailored to individual living conditions. Together with you, we want to work towards an exciting and successful future!

We want you to be able to connect your private life with your dream job:

Flexible working hours help employees balance work and personal life.

Reconciliation of work and family life is a priority at Fraunhofer ITEM. Through a variety of different working hours schemes, we offer support to employees with caregiving responsibilities for minor children or an aging or disabled family member. Additional emergency childcare offers in the form of a “parent-child office” and cooperation with “pme Familienservice” for individual care solutions can also be highly beneficial in improving work and family conditions.

We treasure our diversity. A mix of different talents, ages, living conditions, and qualifications triggers creative work and innovations. This is why we are committed to equal opportunities for males and females and in recruitment procedures give preference to severely disabled applicants in case of equal qualifications.

We will strengthen your competencies. Continued professional training and education is a top priority at Fraunhofer. Every employee is given the opportunity to further develop his or her skills. The comprehensive Fraunhofer Education Program, for example, offers seminars and e-learning modules, not only for professional qualification, but also with regard to soft skills as well as methodological and management competencies.

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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany. 

Job prospects



If you’re looking to help shape the future, then look no further. We value your experience and count on your expertise. We can offer you attractive challenges in a range of demanding posts.



Whether you want to do your doctorate or have just finished your university career – opportunities at Fraunhofer are as diverse as our research areas. We offer motivated young talents first-rate development opportunities and plenty of personal responsibility from the word go.



We nurture young talents and champion adding more practical experience to theory-based learning. Whether you’re a student assistant, intern, or working on your thesis, at Fraunhofer you’re part of the team.


Current vacancies at Fraunhofer ITEM

For current job offers at Fraunhofer ITEM in German language, please use the below link and select “Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine” under “Institutes” on the left.

Fields of research at Fraunhofer ITEM

Chemical Safety and Toxicology

Integrated approaches to testing and assessment of chemicals are becoming more and more important in toxicology. This means that the scientists are breaking new paths towards mechanismbased toxicological assessment. Human-relevant in-vitro and in-silico methods play a crucial role in this context. In-silico approaches today are no longer limited to deriving the toxicity of a substance from its structure, but also include toxicity and effect profiles.

Preclinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

 The institute offers a broad range of drug efficacy and safety studies, for which we use diverse in-vitro test systems and models of inflammation, asthma, lung infection, and pulmonary fibrosis. The use of human tissue in in-vitro and ex-vivo test systems in particular allows us to obtain human data at an early stage already, data of pivotal importance above all in the testing of biopharmaceuticals. Research at Fraunhofer ITEM is geared to using less animals to answer research questions, to consistently improving research methods, and to replacing animal experiments by alternative methods whenever possible. Fraunhofer ITEM scientists, therefore, participate in different projects aimed at developing non-animal methods – in vitro, ex vivo, and in-silico – and at validating these as test systems for drug safety assessment and registration.

Airway Research

Efficacy and tolerability testing of novel drugs in humans is the critical step in medical translational research. Fraunhofer ITEM performs clinical trials to this end – in particular for the therapeutic areas allergy, asthma, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis. The focus is on proof-of-concept studies, conducted by highly qualified physicians in compliance with GCP guidelines. The Clinical Research Center Hannover( CRC Hannover) with its state-of-the-art infrastructure offers optimal conditions for performing this step. 
With the Fraunhofer Challenge Chambers, special facilities for controlled challenges are available. The efficacy of novel medications to treat allergies, asthma, or airway inflammation can be tested here under controlled conditions. Fraunhofer ITEM has extended its diagnostic possibilities in clinical research: At the end of 2017, a sleep laboratory was set up in the phase-I unit of the CRC Hannover.

Translational Biomedical Engineering

In the field of translational biomedical engineering, we aim to bring medical devices from the lab into phase I of clinical development and to support clients in particular with the implementation of the new EU-wide Medical Device Regulation (MDR). To enable more efficiency in the translation process, the High-Performance Center Translational Biomedical Engineering was established in spring 2017. In this High-Performance Center, Fraunhofer ITEM collaborates with the Lower Saxony Center for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development (NIFE).

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

In the institute’s facilities in Braunschweig, Fraunhofer ITEM scientists develop manufacturing processes for novel biopharmaceutical agents – in compliance with GMP guidelines.

Personalized Tumor Therapy

The focus of the Fraunhofer ITEM Division of Personalized Tumor Therapy is on the development of diagnostic tests and innovative models to enable detection of disseminated cancer cells early in the disease and prediction of the response to therapy of metastatic progenitor cells.

Excellent support for research

Our service units Quality Assurance, Administration, Information Technology, Facility Management, and Marketing ensure a top-level work environment for our scientists.

We look forward to receiving your job application.

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