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Fraunhofer IFF Starts Training Program for Up-and-Coming Researchers

The Fraunhofer IFF Virtual Development and Training Centre VDTC is starting an EU-supported early stage research training program researchers as part of a Marie Curie Action.

It will integrate all actions in the field of human resources and mobility that are elements of the 6th European Research Framework Programme and is being financed by the EU with 1.58 billion euros. A total of 1.1 million Euros have been earmarked for young guest researchers’ stays in Magdeburg. The objective of »ResearchTraining@VDTC« is to give twelve up-and-coming researchers from inside and outside Europe the opportunity at the Fraunhofer IFF to collaborate on international research projects or to gather practical experience in industry projects. Stays of up to three years are being offered, which, depending on the duration and a researcher’s interests, can be concluded with a Master’s or a doctorate. The program’s thematic focus encompasses applied virtual engineering. Trainees may choose from three thematic fields: virtual product development, virtual process engineering and virtual-interactive training. Along with attending courses and collaborating on projects, trainees will also perform research in the logistics test lab »LogmotionLab« and the VR lab at the Fraunhofer IFF. Training is supplemented by soft skills modules, language courses and conference attendance. The training program is being conducted in cooperation with the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and regional industry partners. Researchers who have fewer than four years of practical research experience or are in a doctoral degree track may apply. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Eberhard Blümel, Division Director, Division of Virtual Development and Training VDT at the Fraunhofer IFF. Contact: Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF Dr. Eberhard Blümel Sandtorstr.22 39106 Magdeburg Tel. +0049 391 40 90 110 Fax +0049 391 40 90 115 Email: