Calling all future experts in WIND ENERGY! Make the most of your talents at Fraunhofer by joining our WIND ENERGY team. We have an opening for an exciting position in the division »Wind Turbine and System Technology« in BREMERHAVEN:
Research Associate / Engineer (f/m) specializing in Automation Engineering

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES Northwest covers applied research and development for the complete wind-power value chain. Its particular strength lies in the combination of a worldwide unique test infrastructure with extensive expertise in reliability and validation. With more than 250 employees and students at its headquarter in Bremerhaven as well as at its branches in Hanover, Bremen and Oldenburg, IWES Northwest serves national and international clients.

What we expect from you

You possess a degree in Electrical Engineering (Bachelor/Master) and have in-depth knowledge of automation and real-time systems as well as of inverter systems and their regulation. Ideally, you have already gained professional experience in the planning and commissioning of complex automation solutions for inverter systems and have a solid understanding of the planning and layout of control cabinets. It is expected that you have a good knowledge of common programming tools and programming languages as well as of EPlan.

Since Fraunhofer IWES Northwest performs a variety of duties at an international level, excellent English and German skills are a prerequisite. Your strengths include the ability to work independently as well as a keen sense of commitment, good organization, creativity and an interdisciplinary approach. Flexibility and good communication skills round off your profile. You feel passionate about applied research, wind energy and new ideas and are interested in working in an interdisciplinary team.

What you can expect from us

IWES operates, among other things, large-scale test rigs for the wind sector. Within the scope of a new research project, a new test rig for testing generator inverter systems is to be planned, designed, and constructed in order to measure the electrical properties of wind turbines. The aim of this is to shorten the certification process for wind turbines significantly. In order to recreate the operational behavior of a wind turbine, real-time HiL control structures and complete control system integration of the test objects is required. This demands close cooperation and coordination with the project partners from the wind sector.

Your duties as part of this research project comprise the planning of the test rig control and safety system as well as the integration thereof in the existing test infrastructure. This also includes direct cooperation with and management of suppliers. Your role further involves working independently on further research projects and contract research projects in the field of automation solutions for test rigs and the operation of wind turbines.

We offer responsible and varied work and the challenging environment of an international research institute. In addition, we offer a cooperative, open working climate, a broad range of duties, a very well equipped technical infrastructure, as well as excellent personal and professional development opportunities.
Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD).
The working time consists of 39 hours per week.
The position is initially limited for 3 years.
In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women.

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.

If you have any further questions, please contact:
Ms. Mariel Busch
Telephone: +49 (0) 471 / 14 290 – 231

Job Reference: IWES-2017-50 Closing Date: July 31, 2017