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Working at the Fraunhofer WKI

Whether in one of our six specialist departments or in administration, whether doctorate, final assignment or direct entry: the possibilities for your career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, are diverse. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe's leading applied research organization. 72 institutes and research facilities operate under its roof in locations across the whole of Germany – become a part of it!


Current Vacancies

We look forward to receiving your application!


Fraunhofer WKI
as an employer

Only satisfied and well-balanced employees are able to handle demanding tasks. The Fraunhofer WKI would like, as far as possible, to give all its employees the opportunity to shape their own jobs in an adaptable way. Flexible working hours ensure your personal work-life balance.

Unsolicited Application

Please send us your unsolicited applications exclusively via our application form. The form can be found online via the button below.



Further information

Training and studies


Training Offers

We offer exciting and extensive opportunities for starting a career after graduation.

At present, we train in a total of seven occupations. The application deadline for the 2019 training year will start at the beginning of September 2018.



Offers for students

The Fraunhofer WKI is regularly seeking students for

  • Degree dissertations
  • Seminar and study works
  • Practical instructions and training
  • Activities as scientific assistants

You can find current vacancies under our job offers (see above).

Vocational training



The Fellowship is aimed to faculty eligible for sabbatical leave who want to pursue world-class research at the Fraunhofer WKI.



The WKI | AKADEMIE® is the further education establishment of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI. It offers an extra-occupational and market-oriented further training format in the form of focus courses on the subjects of “Bonding in wooden construction” and “Quality control in the production of wood-based materials”. Furthermore, the portfolio includes intensive courses on “Formaldehyde testing methods” as well as needs-oriented training on specific questions from industry.


Advanced training
“Composite Engineer“

The Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance combines the expertise of 18 Fraunhofer Institutes in the field of fiber composite technology. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Academy, the Alliance offers the certified course “Composite Engineer“. Scientists from the Fraunhofer WKI impart as tutors the basic principles and current specialist knowledge from their research and development activities.