Working at the Robotics Innovation Center
The Robotics Innovation Center (RIC) is a young, dynamically growing DFKI research department with international character. Currently, a staff of more than 100 employees from all over the world works here in research and development. More than 100 student assistants support the individual projects. The Robotics Innovation Center closely cooperates with the Robotics Group at the University of Bremen.
The international team benefits from interdisciplinary cooperation: computer scientists and design engineers meet biologists, mathematicians, computer linguists, industrial designers, electro engineers, physicists, and psychologists in order to jointly develop mobile robot systems. Furthermore, the RIC is excellently equipped with laboratories and workshops, for example the Space Exploration Hall or the Maritime Exploration Hall, which is unique in Europe.
The DFKI Bremen is a familyfriendly company. It actively supports the compatibility of family and career. An in-house childcare facility is offered in case the crèche, kindergarten or school is closed. The children are looked after by qualified kindergarten teachers.
Living in Bremen
Bremen is a city with far-reaching historical roots. It’s one of the oldest city states in the world, which is reflected in the self-understanding of its citizens taking part in the political, social and cultural decision making. As a Hanseatic City, Bremen stands for cosmopolitanism, diversity and tolerance. Due to its location you can travel the world from Bremen by car, bus, train or plane. At the same time many people visit the city on the River Weser each year. Tourism is a strong and growing economic factor in the federal state of Bremen.
Bremen ist exzellent
As a science location, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is of international importance. Scientists and students appreciate the close cooperation between scientific institutions and with the local industry. The largest university in Bremen is the University of Bremen with 20,000 students and about 3,500 employees. In 2012 the University of Bremen was awarded by the Excellence Initiative for its research achievements and future concepts. The Jacobs University Bremen is a state-approved, private, internationally oriented university with a wide range of subjects and almost 1,300 students from more than 100 nations. The research and educational landscape of Bremen is complemented by the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen and in Bremerhaven as well as the University of the Arts Bremen. In addition, there are three Fraunhofer institutes and research centers of the Helmholtz Association, the Max Planck Society and the Leibniz Association. In 2005 Bremen and Bremerhaven were named Germany’s first ”City of Science“.
Bremen is colorful
The leisure facilities in Bremen are manifold. Whether you love art and culture, or you are interested in science and technology, or sports – everybody will be highly entertained in Bremen. Museums such as the Kunsthalle Bremen, the Universum Bremen, the Focke-Museum, the Botanika in the Rhododendron Park, the Übersee-Museum or the Weserburg always attract with new exhibitions. For theatregoers or music-enthusiasts the Theater Bremen, the Bremen Musical Theatre, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Konzerthaus Glocke offer a varied program.
Throughout the year there are numerous events in Bremen. At the beginning of the year the biggest sporting event is a cycling competition named “Bremen Six Days”. For football fans is the Weserstadion the place to be. Green and White are the colors of the Bundesliga football club SV Werder Bremen. The “Osterwiese” or the “Long Night of Museums” attract in spring. In summer everything revolves around the motto “free and outside”, including events such as the “Festival Maritim”, “La Strada”, the “Breminale” or “Sommer in Lesmona”. In autumn the Bremer Freimarkt, Germany’s oldest and third biggest funfair, is an integral part of the program. During Advent Bremen invites to stroll through one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. And those who are interested in a timetravel to the Middle Ages shouldn’t miss the “Schlachte-magic”…
However, the Schlachte is also very popular in the warmer months. Located directly on the River Weser you find many cafes, restaurants and bars. Another centre of attraction in Bremen is the so-called “Viertel”: Individual and varied shops invite to rummage. Cafes, pubs and cultural offers can be found on every corner.
Those who are looking for the tranquility of nature can find it in one of the many parks in Bremen. The Bürgerpark is situated at the heart of the city. It is one of the most important landscape parks in Germany. Just as beautiful are the ramparts, the Rhododendron Park, Knoops Park or the Blockland. Recreation can be found as well on the beach of the River Weser at Café Sand or at the North Sea, which can be reached from Bremen by train or car in less than an hour.
Bremen is strong
Traditionally, the maritime industry and the logistics are deeply rooted in Bremen. Maritime safety, port management and logistics, shipbuilding and suppliers, as well as marine technology dominate the maritime industry structure.
In the field of aerospace Bremen is one of the most productive regions in Europe. Global player like the Airbus Group and the OHB-System AG develop and produce in Bremen. Important component suppliers and lots of small and medium-sized enterprises confirm Bremen’s expertise in this subject.
Wind power and wind energy are a further economic center of gravity in Bremen. This is where important concepts and components for the wind turbines on the high seas evolve. Altogether, more than 170 companies and institutions find a unique network with best conditions for onshore and offshore wind energy projects throughout the whole value chain.