Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI awards a Research Fellowship in all areas of wood science, technology and engineering.

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

The Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI) is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of the leading organizations for applied research in Europe. It offers ambitious scientists challenging tasks coupled with responsibility and room for creativity. 

The Fellowship will cover travel expenses to and from Braunschweig, Germany and a stipend of up to 36,000 Euros (gross) per year. Office and laboratory space for the proposed research will be provided.

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit the following documents:

  • Current resume with the list of publications and research accomplishments
  • Short, max. one page pre-proposal describing the research to be conducted at WKI and expected results
  • Requested duration of the stay (min 6 months)

Selected candidates will be asked to submit full proposal and three letters of recommendation. The proposals can be in any area of the applicant’s interest (not necessarily areas currently covered by the institute) and must contain link to potential applications or research implementation. Research proposals in the areas of but not limited to wood composite materials, natural materials based high strength cellulose or carbon fibers, novel materials and technologies are of a particular interest.


Applicants are encouraged to review the our website for information about the facilities available at the institute and are expected to conduct independent research while at the Fraunhofer WKI. Reasonable research and travel budgets will be provided by the institute. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.


Applications should be sent to

Prof. Dr. Ing. Bohumil Kasal (Director)
Fraunhofer WKI
Bienroder Weg 54E
38108 Braunschweig

or via Email to

Current Wilhelm Klauditz Fellow

Tareq Hussein, PhD

He is a Professor of Physics / Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Jordan and a Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki. During his fellowship at the Fraunhofer WKI, he is involved in developing an Indoor Aerosol model that will be utilized in a consortium project to evaluate the effects of climate change on Indoor Air Quality in German dwellings.

Former Wilhelm Klauditz Fellows

Hatem Abushammala

The materials scientist was conducting his research at the Fraunhofer WKI on the preparation of electrically conductive nanoparticles using renewable materials. Such conductive nanocellulose would have great potential for a variety of applications, including sensing and electronics. In addition to his research as a Fellow, he was leading an international research project. He demonstrated that renewable raw materials can be utilized instead of petroleum-based resources for developing high-value functional materials for many areas of interest. 

Glenn Morrison, PhD

His scientific focus is directed at the chemical characterization of indoor air pollutants, exposure studies and building technology as well as chemical reactions in interior spaces on surfaces and in the gas phase. During his stay as a Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI, he addressed the influence of textiles, particularly clothing, on the dermal absorption of indoor air pollutants. With his help, a device was designed with which the distribution of organic indoor air components between gas phase and textiles can be determined. Furthermore, he initiated scientific collaborations between the Fraunhofer WKI and Danish research institutions on the topic of “dermal exposure and biomonitoring”.

Greg Foliente, PhD

He leads interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, education, consulting and collaboration initiatives that advance innovation in the built environment and urban systems sectors, with a primary focus towards improved sustainability, liveability and resilience. As a Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI, he contributed to the compilation of a program for environmentally compatible construction.

Frederick Kamke, PhD

His specialization is heat and mass transfer in wood and wood-based products, with emphasis on adhesion science, modeling, manufacture and performance of wood-based composites, and green building materials. His research work as a Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI was aiming at improving the durability of wood-based panels in building applications. Multiscalar methods of computational modeling were combined with weathering experiments to enable a better assessment of the development of new products.