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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is one of Europe's leading IC design facilities.
We combine many years of design expertise with established expertise in the fields of multimedia, digital communication, image processing and sensor systems. The developments of our scientists can be found in applications in the automotive industry, household appliances, industrial technology, data transmission as well as in lifestyle and medical technology products. The focus of our research and development activities is the design of predominantly analog circuits for ASICs.  

You are passionate about the administration of EDA systems, related to IC design and the creation of virtualization concepts and are keen to assist your colleagues with advice and support?  
Then we have the right position for you.  

What you will do

  • As part of our team of developers and scientists, you will create and support virtualization concepts, for example a platform for remote desktop virtualization, as well as grid computing concepts.  
  • You will also install and configure CAD systems in the field of microelectronics, libraries and process design kits (PDKs) for our IC designers.  
  • You take care of smooth operation and will be the first contact person for your colleagues
  • As part of public research projects, you will help us to develop and administrate a cloud system that facilitates access to and use of CAD software in the field of microelectronics and PDKs for external partners.
  • You will develop testbenches for testing PDKs yourself.
  • You will be provided with an introduction to the systems tailored to your individual previous experience.

What you bring to the table

  • Degree in electrical engineering with a focus on microelectronics or computer science
  • Confident handling of Linux systems, preferably RedHat/Rocky Linux
  • Experience with scripting languages (tcsh, bash, perl, python, Cadence-Skill)
  • Ideally expertise in CAD systems (e.g. Cadence Virtuoso, Mentor) for the development of integrated circuits
  • Experience with web servers and databases is an advantage
  • Customer and service-oriented thinking and acting, ability to work in a team and independent work organization
  • Good written and spoken English. Good written and spoken German is an advantage.

What you can expect

Fraunhofer is not only the largest organization for applied research in Europe, but also a top-rated employer. But why?

  • Projects with a strong practical component motivate our employees to drive innovation.
  • We value personal contact: Through our structured onboarding process, you easily become familiar with our institute and are able to extend your network successfully.
  • We take your needs seriously: We support your work-life-balance by offering flexible working hours and hybrid work.
  • Our colleagues enjoy our positive work culture: We are open-minded, help and trust each other.
  • Top infrastructure at your work place: With our state-of-the-art technologies, we develop solutions to meet the challenges of present and future.
  • Top infrastructure at your work place: With our state-of-the-art technologies, we develop solutions to meet the challenges of present and future.

The position is initially limited to 2 years with the aim to extend it subsequently. The weekly working time is 39 hours. The position can also be filled on a part-time basis with a preference, however, to have it filled as close to a full-time position as possible.

We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

We look forward to receiving your application documents online (cover letter, CV, references).  

Simon Zimmermann 
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS 
Requisition Number: 62290          Location: Erlangen