Doctoral studies at Fraunhofer FHR

You would like to do a doctorate and at the same time make practical use of the knowledge you have acquired? We attach great importance to the training of qualified junior scientists. For this reason, we have developed our own doctoral programme whereby postgraduate students are integrated into the team and given the support they need to complete their doctorate.  

You will be integrated into ongoing projects right from the start and will also be given sufficient time to work on your dissertation. This allows you to gain practical experience while at the same time combining your scientific activities with real business issues. Our equipment and infrastructure is state-of-the-art thus facilitating scientific work of the highest quality.


Supervision opportunities

In close cooperation with professors from renowned national and international universities, we supervise numerous doctoral dissertations. Moreover, our professors are also available to you as in-house doctoral supervisors.

Doctoral studies can be carried out at the Institute of High Frequency Technology IHF at  RWTH Aachen with both Directors of the Fraunhofer FHR: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Heberling is also director of the IHF and holds the Chair of High Frequency Technology, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Knott, who holds the Chair of Radar Systems Engineering at the IHF. Due to their double roles, they can guarantee their postgraduate students a balanced working environment between science and applied research.

The formerly director of FHR, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Ender, also is one possible doctoral supervisor directly within the institute. He holds a professorship for "High Frequency Sensors and Radar Techniques" at the Center for Sensor Systems (ZESS) of the University of Siegen. At ZESS, we also support young engineers through the "International Postgraduate Programme (IPP) Multi Sensorics" of the University of Siegen. Students can complete their doctorate within three years and carry out interdisciplinary research in various areas of multisensorics. More information on ZESS and the doctoral programme is available under

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Pohl is also available as a doctoral supervisor at our institute. He holds a professorship for Integrated High Frequency Circuits at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Ruhr University in Bochum and currently heads the Department for Millimeter Wave Radar and Ultrahigh Frequency Sensors at FHR. His research focuses on integrated circuits for radar techniques, high-resolution and miniaturized radar systems, circuits for multichannel measurement systems (MIMO radar) as well as ultrahigh frequency circuits up to 300 GHz and beyond.

We would also like to give particular mention to the doctoral opportunities for above-average Master's graduates from the University of Koblenz arising from an agreement with the University of Siegen. Under this agreement, the graduates are supervised by two professors, one from the University of Siegen and one from the University of Koblenz. In principle, our  business unit speaker "Man and Environment", Prof. Dr. Jens Bongartz, also holds a professorship at the University of Koblenz and could fill the role of in-house doctoral supervisor. Under certain circumstances, doctoral studies are also possible here with a Bachelors degree.

If you are interested in doing a doctorate at our institute, please take a look at our situations vacant section or send an unsolicited application to the individual departments – we frequently advertise positions with interesting doctorate options. Inquiries relating to the doctoral programme can be submitted to the contacts listed on the right of this page.

Current situations vacant - Science

Our scientists work on multifaceted research projects with a high level of personal responsibility and creative freedom. If you have completed a course of studies and wish to focus your intellectual curiosity on the development of marketable solutions, we would be very happy to receive your application.