Fraunhofer TALENTA

A career booster for women at Fraunhofer

Recruiting more women for applied research, developing their skills and retaining them as employees is an important objective for Fraunhofer. With our comprehensive career and development program for female scientists and managers, we are successfully working toward achieving this objective.

Whether you have just entered the field of practical research or want to enter it, whether you have the relevant work experience or already lead a team, if you would like to give your career an extra boost, it’s worth taking a look at our program. Specifically tailored to your needs and individual career phase, “Fraunhofer TALENTA” allows you to obtain new qualifications in a way that suits you. You will be given dedicated “career time,” so you have the necessary space in your working day to focus on developing your career as a scientist or manager in the field of applied research.

Priorities for your individual career stage

Fraunhofer TALENTA start: Beginning your career

TALENTA start is the program for all female university graduates starting their career in applied research with Fraunhofer. It acts as a helpful guide at the beginning of your career in applied research and strengthen your expertise in interdisciplinary fields.

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Fraunhofer TALENTA speed up: Accelerating your career

TALENTA speed up is tailored to professionally experienced female scientists both within and outside Fraunhofer who would like to take on responsibility in a managerial or scientific position. You will receive concrete opportunities to help you obtain new qualifications and accelerate your career.

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Fraunhofer TALENTA excellence: Perfecting your career

TALENTA excellence is designed for women who are aiming for a high-level managerial position at Fraunhofer or who already hold one. The objective of the program is to advance your professional and personal development and refine your profile as a scientist and manager.

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Who can apply?

The focus is on STEM subjects, in particular engineering- and technology-related disciplines. If a job advertisement catches your interest, you are welcome to submit an application — including a reference to TALENTA — to the institute in question. Your application to participate in TALENTA will be submitted in cooperation with the institute that decides on who to nominate for the program.



Research Associate and Project Leader in the field of new materials for the additive manufacturing of rolling bearings at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT:


“Thanks to TALENTA start, I achieved direct visibility with my supervisors. From the very beginning, I was able to shape my individual career path and professional development, and determine what focus I would set for myself each year. The funding also helps me to concentrate on my research and further development.” 

TALENTA speed up

Senior Scientist and Head of Group for Optical Systems (MEMS development) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT:


“Fraunhofer has made it possible for me to develop my profile as a scientist in parallel to my daily working life — among other things, I get time to work on my publications. That’s priceless.”

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Head of Department for Materials and Test Engineering at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV:


“The TALENTA funding allowed me not only to attend management training courses but also to receive personal coaching, where I explicitly discussed my situation and that of my colleagues. I also used a team building exercise to identify specific goals and focus topics for the team.”