Fellowships: Technical, Scientific & Commercialization Opportunities

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

Module testing at the CSE's Module Innovation Lab.

Join a CSE Team in One of Our Four Focus Areas

Whether you are just beginning your career or are an experienced veteran, CSE has challenging and exciting opportunities for you. Our industry-facing Fellowship program gives you impactful project experience in PV technologies, building energy technologies, distributed electrical energy systems, and/or technology commercialization.


CSE Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Many are international students fulfilling their practical training requirements, while others join us during their undergraduate or graduate careers, or as postdocs. What unites them is an appreciation for the world of applied research and a desire to further their career aspirations in sustainable energy and cleantech.

Available Positions

Descriptions of all available Fellowship positions can be found on the CSE careers portal. 


Work Hours and Tenure Durations

Our Fellowships require applicants to be available for a standard 40-hour work week. The duration of a position varies depending on job needs, but can last between 3 months to 1 year, depending on the applicant's availability. Most positions will require a minimum commitment of 6 months. When applying, please specify how long you will be available for. 


Criteria, Eligibility and Compensation

Each position has its own specific requirements, but candidates are also evaluated on a broader range of criteria. 


Position titles and compensation are driven by the applicant's education and relevant experience. 


Research Fellowships

Fellows are a pivotal part of Fraunhofer CSE's applied research groups, working on unique or ongoing internal and industry R&D projects under the guidance of a member of the technical staff. Fellows will ideally have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related scientific or engineering discipline; Graduate Fellows a Master's or equivalent


Candidates interested in exploring longer-term postdoctoral or visiting scientist opportunities at CSE should explore our Visiting Scientist Program.


TechBridge Fellowships

TechBridge Fellowships are aimed at entrepreneurs and MBAs who want to develop the analytical skills of a venture capitalist while honing their managerial abilities in an applied technical environment that's intimately involved with discovering and building promising cleantech start-ups. 


Marketing Interns

CSE's Marketing Interns work directly with the Center's Marketing and Communications department to develop and execute on marketing initiatives. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor's or Master's degree or equivalent in an area such as marketing or communications. 


Fraunhofer Opportunities Outside of CSE

You may also wish to explore other opportunities available at our sister Fraunhofer institutions in the USA and Germany. US students wishing to do research in Germany should visit the follow resources: