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Physics Laboratory Assistant (Fraunhofer IST)

Starting: 2022

Physics Laboratory Assistant – what does that mean exactly?
According to the apprenticeship contract for this profession, there are a range of significant areas of study: from vacuum technology, materials science and electrical engineering through optics, thermodynamics and mechanical engineering and on to analytics, chemistry and even radioactivity. In short – Physics Laboratory Assistants are absolutely essential to science, research and industry.

At the Fraunhofer IST, Physics Laboratory Assistants determine the properties of materials and technical systems by carrying out experiments and test series. To achieve this, they plan out the apparatus and carry out experiments using a diverse range of instruments. They document, analyze and interpret the results achieved and prepare them, for example, for presentation to scientists. In addition, they are responsible for operating the coating systems used to produce functional coatings with physical and chemical processes.

You will find comprehensive information on this job profile and on how to apply at The portal is a joint project from the Fraunhofer IST, the PTB Braunschweig and the TU Braunschweig.


Training start 2020

The Fraunhofer IST will once again be offering two Physics Laboratory Assistant apprenticeship places to start on 1.8.2020.
An advanced school leaving certificate (erweiterte Realschulabschluss, 16+) or higher/equivalent qualification is required with good grades in math and a science. The most important thing is an interest in and enjoyment of physical and chemical interactions. The ability to work in a team as well as the ability to work with concentration and independence are also required.

Employment terms, salary and social security contributions are defined by the specifications of the collective agreement for public service apprentices (TVAöD).

Gender equality at work is important to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. An application from a person with a disability offering the same qualifications as someone without a disability will be given preference.

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