Research School

Doctoral studies at Fraunhofer IEE with accompanying program

Work on your PhD together with projects from Fraunhofer.


Do you want to get to know the largest research organization for application-oriented research in Europe? Do you want to work not just theoretically, but at the interface between research and industry? Then you are at the right place at Fraunhofer.

The Institute

The Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE in Kassel conducts research for the transformation of energy supply systems and develops solutions for technical and economic challenges. The state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure enable you to conduct high-quality scientific work. The direct link between research and practical application puts you in contact with partners from the industry right from the beginning.

The advantages:

  • Individual development and career opportunities at the institute
  • Participation in lectures, forums and trade fairs
  • Supervision of the dissertation by the Research School team and the scientific supervisor in the work team
  • Annual doctoral colloquia in an innovative format

Who are we looking for?

We cordially invite graduates who have completed their Master's thesis with above-average success to apply to work with us in a selected research area. The topics of the master theses can be as diverse as the diversity of energy topics. Applicants should primarily look at our current calls for applications.



Doctorate or bilateral doctorate at Fraunhofer IEE

Doing a PhD with Fraunhofer IEE

The well-structured PhD program of Fraunhofer IEE offers a solid framework for excellent PhD conditions. The program can be started after successful acceptance of the doctoral topic at a university and an agreement with those involved at Fraunhofer IEE.

This includes a guideline for the doctoral period, personal supervision by our scientists at the institute and neutral contact persons who can be contacted in all matters concerning the doctorate. Furthermore, the program includes regular seminars for PhD students on career and self-management, publication and communication.

Grafische Darstellung: Spannungsdreieck Promovierende, Unternehmen und Forschungsinstitution
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Bilateral doctorate at Fraunhofer IEE

Cooperation model of science and practice via selected knowledge carriers

A bilateral doctorate offers the opportunity for doctoral candidates to independently transfer current issues from industry to research, to further develop and answer them using scientific methods in an independent research context - and finally to return to the application in the company. In this way, doctoral students become knowledge carriers for a selected topic and thus have a key position for the company and the research institute.

The basis for such a bilateral doctorate is a high level of trust between the doctoral student, the company and the research institution. The work for the doctorate is carried out within the framework of a cooperative project between the company and Fraunhofer IEE with the possibility of a doctorate in a working group at the institute. It should be noted that parts of the joint work must be made public in the doctoral thesis.

At Fraunhofer IEE, the bilateral doctorate is embedded in the institute's doctoral program. The doctoral candidates therefore enjoy all the benefits of the program as well as the obligations to fulfill the tasks and comply with good scientific practice. In the case of a dual doctorate, the doctoral candidates are simultaneously employees of Fraunhofer IEE and the contracting company. If possible, half of the employment should take place at the institute and half at the company. The duration of the doctorate is three years.