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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Choose 1 training session for soft skills
- Design Thinking
- Agile / Project Management
- Business Cases / Plans
E.g. attending a conference