Fraunhofer ITWM as Employer

Reason Why

Our main task is the transfer of research results in the field of mathematics to our partner's practical applications. Our claim of aspiring to provide a direct benefit to the economy and society is a part of our self-image and our mission.

Join a Technology Leader

Our clients appreciate our algorithms, software products and skills at modeling. ITWM carries out projects for high-tech and low-tech companies, in small and medium sized enterprises as well as major corporations – regional and international.

An Employer Experiencing Growth

Since our establishment in 1995, we have successfully completed industrial projects with an order value of approximately 212 million euros (almost 300 industrial projects annually) and publicly funded projects valued at more than 135 million euros. High economic earnings combined with a strong research focus form the basis of our sustained success and continuous growth (Data Status end of 2023).

Important Preliminary Research

To a large extent, we carry out our own preliminary research in applied mathematics. Since 2000, in cooperation with universities, we have supported numerous PhDs and university professorships (habilitation). The results of these activities form the basis for the innovation that characterizes our projects and products.

At Home Throughout the World

We maintain cooperative research agreements with foreign universities and research institutes. Foreign researchers regularly visit out institute. Our staff is active as members of science boards or involved with the publication of professional journals.

Rooted in the Region

The outstanding connection between Fraunhofer ITWM and Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU) as well as with Kaiserslautern University of Applied Science in matters of research and academic training ensures a close proximity to current research subjects, especially, in applied mathematics. In cooperation with RPTU's Department of Mathematics, we operate the Felix-Klein Center for Mathematics and the associated Felix-Klein Academy as a platform for joint research projects and a variety of school, scholarship, training, and networking programs. It provides a forum for collaboration with other universities and industry.

Positive Working Environment

Our horizontal structure with self-responsible departments and an efficient central administration ensure flexibility and uncomplicated policies and procedures. The good working environment in addition to mutual respect and recognition contribute to the high level of employee identification with their work and overall great commitment.

FamilienLogo 2019-2022
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FamilienLogo 2019-2022

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has awarded the Fraunhofer ITWM with the FamilyLogo.

The »Fraunhofer FamilienLogo« is an award given by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for outstanding framework conditions for work-life balance.

The following areas, among others, formed the basis for the evaluation:

  • Flexible work options
  • Institute-specific childcare services
  • Structuring parental leave and the return to work afterwards
  • Use of Fraunhofer support services

Performance Based Compensation

As a beneficiary of state grants, employment, pay, and social benefits are oriented on the provisions of the federal collective wage agreement for public servants (TVöD Bund). In addition, we grant performance and success related variable compensation. The amount of the performance related pay is determined in part by individual employee performance and partially by the overall success of the Institute.

More information about the TVöD BundÖffentlicher Dienst is provided here.

Pension Plans

In accordance with the federal collective wage agreement for public servants, our employees receive a company pension plan which is financed by bot the employee and the employer. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a member of the public sector occupational pension plan (Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder, VBL). Besides the right to a pension plan, our employees also have the opportunity to purchase self-funded pension services.

More information about the VBLVBLis provided here.

Family Initiatives

Child Care
The Klammeräffchen daycare center located at ITWM has been very well received. The facility offers places for a total of 50 children. Children between the ages of 0 and 3 are cared for in two groups of 10 each. There are 2 additional family groups for 15 children of ages 0-6. The daycare center employs 16 teachers, a manager, and two cooks. The facility has modern, functional, and well-lighted group areas, comfortable sleeping areas, and various theme oriented functional spaces (creative room, construction room, etc.). A green space is also provided outdoors with a covered tartan track, as well as a green roof terrace with a large sandy area and sun protection.

Parent-Child Office
Our Parent-Child-Office provides the chance to bring your child to work in the event of a scheduling problem or emergency. After school or if the sitter is ill, employees can take care of their children during the working hours on site.

Holiday Programs
During the school vacation period, ITWM children can participate in the vacation support programs at RPTU.

Family Services
We can provide private emergency care personnel in case your child is ill, absence of the regular care provider, or for short term work related needs. We can also provide nursing aids and home helpers in case an employee becomes disabled or sick and we advise our employees and provide notification to their nearest relative regarding the situation.


The health of our employees is important to us. Consequently, our employees have access to a wide range of sports activity and other forms of recreation:

  • Regular health theme days with contemporary topics
  • Fitness room with cross trainers, bikes, and a multi-function tower
  • Various fitness groups, for example, back exercise, yoga, biking, or jogging
  • A beach volleyball court adjacent to our office building
  • Favorable terms for the activities offered at RPTU.
  • Regular massages are offered at the Institute


Our cafeteria offers a spacious interior as well as open seating on the terrace. Two main dishes are offered on the daily lunch menus. One of the dishes is always prepared for vegetarians. The soup of the day is never absent as well as salads, sweet desserts, and fruit. Coffee and cold beverages complete the service.

Flexi-Time – Practical for All

Flexi-time means more flexibility. Private appointments easily integrated into the work life.

Part-Time in Many Variations

Many forms of part-time work are practiced – from shortening the daily, weekly, or monthly work schedule to sharing the position (job sharing). Of course, as a part-time employee, you have the same opportunities and support as a full-time employee.

Home Office

With a teleworking agreement, our employees can work on a fixed time table either from home or at the company. In this way, they stay aware of company procedures and while enjoying greater flexibility.

Continuing Education and Training

We ensure the individual development of our employees. Both professional and self- advancement are key to personal development. Our employees are offered the freedom to creatively pursue self-directed goals. Individual achievement and self-initiative determine the direction and speed.

We offer

  • Skills oriented training (IT, methods, self-help, and social skills)
  • Participation in special professional events (conferences, symposiums, and workshops)
  • Opportunities and offers for international scientific exchange

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