Working on your doctorate

I am looking to work whilst doing my PhD

We consider learning to be an essential aspect of your work. If you are a scientist this might mean studying for a doctorate. At the Fraunhofer IAIS we feel that the research element of a doctorate should always be embedded in research projects which bring about credible benefits. The doctorate scheme is carried out in conjunction with the University of Bonn, and the PhD students work as research assistants and are employed by the IAIS.

As we do not offer any doctorate studies without employment, we would kindly ask you to apply for one of our job advertisements.

In your application please mention that you would like to do a doctorate with us. Please have a look at our job vacancies here.

Even if you have not found what you are looking for in our job adverts, you may still have the drive and desire to apply speculatively. You are welcome to do so but please bear in mind that speculative applications are very rarely successful.

If you want to apply speculatively, please select a specific department and then apply online. We cannot, unfortunately, consider any applications sent directly to a specific department or to our department for human resources development. Your application only has a realistic chance of being successful if it is explicitly elaborated. Please send all your exam results, every topic of every assignment you have completed, your academic reports and a covering letter detailing where exactly within our organisation you would like to be placed.

Please clearly indicate in your application which departments you are applying for speculatively. Please also reduce your application to as few departments as possible.

Overview of all Fraunhofer IAIS departments

The following departments offer positions for scientific staff. Which department would you like to apply to?

Enterprise Information Systems EIS

Our work focuses on the research and development of linked data strategies and technologies, supporting information, data and knowledge integration. We support technological research and development for commercial information systems and semantic technologies and apply it to large scale projects. This is why we are involved in open knowledge movements and open source projects.

Our “Enterprise Information Integration” department helps support customers to link up and integrate their heterogeneous data pools. Our research focuses on “Semantic Technologies and Linked Data”.

Knowledge Discovery KD

Our colleagues in KD offer advice and R&D solutions in Data Analytics and Machine Learning. Our services and products draw directly from large structured web, text or sensor data pools (Big Data) using partially automated intelligent processing.

Our research focuses mainly on “KI”, “Machine Learning” and “Data Science”. Our colleagues researching areas including “Big Data Analytics”, “Marketing, Market Research and Media Analysis” and “Industrial Analytics” develop market-orientated solutions.

Media Engineering ME

Colleagues from the ME department handle intelligent media systems and interactive technologies. The comprehensive and innovative data analysis methods they employ enable these technologies to fully adapt to users and to different contexts. .

Our colleagues working in “Intelligent Media and Educational Systems” develop and implement technical application systems such as Educational Learning and STEM education and learning. Our central research topics are “Artificial Intelligence” and “Deep Learning”.

NetMedia NM

The NetMedia (NM) department’s two main priorities are research of »Multimedia Pattern Recognition« and »Deep Learning«. Both are applied in the “Content Technologies and Services” and “Image Processing” areas of research.

Our scientific focus is based on statistical pattern recognition algorithms for unstructured multimedia data, such as image, voice and audio data as well as documents. We integrate our processes into search engines such as to allow our customers to use their data pools efficiently within archives and media libraries. Our image processing solutions are increasingly used in industry.


Application portal


Please clearly indicate on your application form under NOTES which departments you would like to apply for.

Promotionsstellen an der Universität Bonn

Möchten Sie akademische und angewandte Forschung optimal verbinden?

Als Doktorand in einer unserer Arbeitsgruppen an der Universität Bonn arbeiten Sie eng mit den Abteilungen am Fraunhofer IAIS zusammen und unterstützen uns neben Ihrer Promotion sowohl in Forschungs- als auch in Wirtschaftsprojekten.