Jobs | Career

Help design the future of wind energy

The wind turbines being erected today are the largest rotating machines ever built by mankind. Visionary concepts, consistent further development, and the systematic refining and honing of expertise have pushed back the boundaries of what seemed technically possible time and time again in recent years. The changeover in energy supply from centralized to decentralized generation is one of the Herculean feats of the 21st century with far-reaching consequences for the quality of life of both our and future generations.

 

Here at Fraunhofer IWES, we are passionately dedicated to increasing the performance of wind turbines and minimizing the risk of new developments by means of constant validation. Wind energy is already the most cost-effective method of energy production and, in addition to boosting exports, has created more than 100,000 jobs in Germany alone. Its further development presents a range of challenges, which inspire us to think outside of the box and demand high levels of pioneering spirit and far-sightedness. In terms of practical implementation, the combination of the most varied skills in the fields of science and engineering and their focus on a common goal are decisive for industrial relevance and success.

 

Innovative technological development and method expertise

Fraunhofer IWES employees develop leading technologies, elaborate methods on state-of-the-art test benches, and devote their efforts to ensuring reliability and planning precision. Since our foundation in 2009, we have successfully constructed unique test benches for rotor blades, nacelles, and support structures, pitch bearings and main shafts as well as measuring equipment and accredited laboratories. The test portfolio was developed in close cooperation with leading industrial companies and complies with internationally applicable quality standards.

Close cooperation with leading global players in the sector demands a high degree of professionalism, flexibility, and service orientation from our staff. They are driven by a commitment to continuous personal development in order to keep up with the pace of such a dynamic sector. If you are passionate about applied research in the field of wind energy, pragmatism and high quality requirements are not mutually exclusive for you, and you enjoy working toward project goals independently but also work well as part of an interdisciplinary team – why not play a part in our success story? Benefit from the diverse development opportunities and an inspiring work environment.

We value the experience and expertise of seasoned professionals as well as motivated, talented newcomers looking to forge a career directly after completing their university studies or professional training. The possibilities for a career at Fraunhofer IWES are just as diverse and multifaceted as our fields of research.

 

In addition to the current vacancies, you also have the option of sending us a speculative application.

We offer students in scientific and engineering fields work placements and study placements, internships, and part-time jobs working with practice-relevant topics.

Our institute has a lot to offer! Over the following pages you can meet our staff and get an insight into their day-to-day work.

  • View all employee´s videos

    Have we sparked your interest? Follow the Fraunhofer channel to see more Whatchado videos from our colleagues.

Close up: Application Center for Field Measurements

Have we aroused your curiosity? Would you like to take a sneak peek at our Application Center for Wind Energy Field Measurements (AWF)? Click on the film and be infected by our employees’ enthusiasm.