ZEISS Science Program

What is the ZEISS Science Program?

We are inviting you to join the ZEISS Science Program,
our entry program for ambitious scientists early in their career. During the 12-month program, you will take part in cutting-edge R&D projects at multiple ZEISS divisions and sites. Once the 12 months are up, we will offer you a permanent position.

Take part in the developments of a leading technology player in the field of global optics and optoelectronics and be part of the teams driving new innovations in one of the following competence fields:

  • Computational Imaging
  • Computer Vision & Machine Learning
  • Smart Sensors & Automation
  • Optical Engineering & Design
  • Innovation Management

Enable our diverse lines of business by developing innovative solutions and pushing the limits to
shape the future of the ZEISS Group segments Industrial & Quality Research, Medical Technology,
Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology.

We Are Inviting You to Join the ZEISS Science Program

What you can expect & what you will be doing

The program starts multiple times a year. Participants will bring along their expertise and work side by side with top ZEISS scientists. Over the 12 months, you will delve into R&D projects at different ZEISS segments and multiple sites.

What you can expect

You will have the opportunity to work with inspiring colleagues while receiving a competitive salary & benefits. Your mentor will guide you through the whole program and various development training sessions will be available.

What you’ll be doing

Working across functions on exciting, innovative projects in the fields of optical engineering, computer vision, machine learning, computational imaging and robotics, and shape the future of ZEISS.

Possible program process

with flexible assignments at different locations

Individual Training Courses

Decision about which program suits you best in consultation with your mentor

Mandatory Training

Mandatory Training
Choose 1 training session for soft skills

Choose 2 of the Following

Choose 2 of the following
1) Design Thinking 2) Agile / Project Management 3) Business Cases / Plans

External events

External events
E. g. attending a conference

ZEISS Science Program

Key facts

Required qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent work experience in physics / mathematics / computer science with core expertise in one of the aforementioned areas
  • Enjoy an agile way of working in cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams
  • Passion for innovation and enthusiasm for bringing the latest technology innovations into practice

Importance of average grade

Grades alone are not the decisive criteria. The overall profile is important to us, so we'd love to learn what you’ve done besides your studies (e.g. work placements, part-time jobs, social engagement, membership in associations).


It will take place at the ZEISS headquarters in the picturesque towns of Oberkochen and Jena. If you’re coming from abroad, we will of course help you find accommodation. Assignments at our international sites are also possible.

Carl Zeiss Meditec building Oberkochen
ZEISS building Jena
ZEISS building Jena

Number of scientists hired each year

The number of candidates varies each year based on demand.

Length of the ZEISS Science Program

It lasts 12 months. During this time, you will switch departments every three to four months within the selected functional area. By the end of the program, you will have worked at two to four departments.

International candidates

The program is open to applicants from all over the world who fit the required profile. However, a potential offer always depends on approval for the German residence and work permit.


A competitive salary.

Working hours & vacation

The working hours are 35 or 38 hours per week, depending on the location. You are entitled to 30 vacation days per year.

Contract conditions

You will have a permanent contract with ZEISS.

Work experience at ZEISS

No former work experience at ZEISS is required, but familiarity with the company would be an advantage.

Individual training courses

Decision about which program suits you best in consultation with your mentor.

Mandatory training

Choose 1 training session for soft skills

Optional trainings

  • Design Thinking
  • Agile / Project Management
  • Business Cases / Plans
  • Etc.

External Events

E.g. attending a conference