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Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tut für Pho­to­ni­sche Mikro­sys­teme

Das Fraun­ho­fer-Insti­tut für Pho­to­ni­sche Mikro­sys­teme ist eines von 67 Insti­tu­ten der Fraun­ho­fer-Gesell­schaft, einer der füh­ren­den Orga­ni­sa­tio­nen für ange­wandte For­schung in Europa.

Internship: Electric and Flui­dic Cha­rac­te­riza­t­ion Envi­ron­ment for Microf­lui­dic MEMS-Devices (IPMS-2018-147)

Work­ing field:

Flow-regu­la­tion and -gene­ra­tion on a micro­me­ter length scale are of high sci­en­ti­fic and indus­trial inte­rest in the ongo­ing trend of sys­tem minia­tu­riza­t­ion. The Fraun­ho­fer IPMS the­r­eby uses a paten­ted class of late­ral elec­tro­sta­tic ben­ding actua­tors to deve­lop a set of sili­con based Micro­pumps and Micro­val­ves devices. The in-house fabri­ca­ted microf­lui­dic MEMS-devices were desi­gned to have the electri­cal con­tacts on the backside and the flui­dic inlet and out­let on the fronts­ide of the chip. In order to effi­ci­ently cha­rac­te­rize the sili­con chips, a sui­ta­ble mea­su­re­ment setup needs to be deve­lo­ped which allows the action on of the flui­dic domain via electri­cal exci­ta­tion of the device.

The star­ting point is the rese­arch of state of the art com­bi­ned electric and flui­dic chip based mea­su­re­ment sys­tems. For a spe­ci­fic device lay­out you will decide of a pro­per electri­cal con­tact method in com­bi­na­tion with a leak-proof inter­face with flui­dic con­nec­tors to the microf­lui­dic mea­su­re­ment bench.

Key Aspects:

  • Deter­mi­na­tion and eva­lua­tion of exis­ting com­bi­ned electric and flui­dic chip based mea­su­re­ment sys­tems
  • Choice and design of a custom electri­cal con­nec­tion method
  • Choice and design of a custom cover plate with microf­lui­dic con­nec­tions
  • Inves­ti­gate and test flui­dic tight­ness of device chip and chip hol­der cover via custom made inter­face-pads
  • Proof of func­tio­na­lity of desi­gned and fabri­ca­ted mea­su­re­ment setup


  • Basic know­ledge in the field of micro­sys­tems and electri­cal engi­nee­ring would be an advan­tage
  • Basic know­ledge with 3D Design Soft­ware, i.e. Auto­desk Inven­tor, etc.
  • Basic know­ledge of working in a labo­ra­tory and know­ledge of metro­logy tech­ni­ques
  • Inde­pen­dent, goal-ori­en­ted and struc­tu­red way of working
  • Enjoy­ment of working in an inter­di­sci­pli­nary team

What we of­fer:

You will find a large net­work of experts working in an open and col­le­gial envi­ron­ment wit­hin the excel­lent Fraun­ho­fer rese­arch and deve­lop­ment infra­struc­ture. We offer an excit­ing, up-to-date internship posi­tion in which you can bene­fit from our expe­ri­en­ced team. You will become part of an inspi­ra­tio­nal inter­na­tio­nal work envi­ron­ment based on trust, crea­ti­vity and team spi­rit. We bes­tow upon you the res­pon­si­bi­lity for your the­sis pro­ject, ensu­ring you space for auto­no­mous work.

Work is plan­ned to be car­ried out in our field office in Cott­bus. You can eit­her do your man­da­tory internship with us or sup­port our team inbet­ween your stu­dies for a bet­ter ori­en­ta­tion or the spring­board of your sci­en­ti­fic career.

The working time con­sists of 39 hours per week.
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.

How to ap­ply:

If you have any ques­ti­ons regar­ding this posi­tion, please do not hesi­tate to con­tact us:

Mr. Sebas­tian Uhlig
phone: +49(0)355- 694407-310