We do research because we are curious and want to understand.
Our vision is to transform this passion for research into economic progress. Together we create new knowledge and generate innovation in the field of applied laser technology.



About us










Introducing ourselves


The blz works as a bridge between scientific research and laser technology in industrial applications. Therefore, research represents one of the central foundations. In order to give new impulses to science and industry, the blz initiates regional, national and European research projects around applied laser technology. The cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG) also enables us to conduct fundamental research and to gain a deeper understanding of processes.

Through our research and development projects, we have acquired extensive knowledge in the field of applied laser technology. We use the competencies gained in this way to provide customer-specific support to companies as a transfer facility, engineering partner, testing laboratory and manufacturer of systems and components. The generated revenues are used to re-finance our research projects.




Cooperation with partners from industry and science is essential for the development of any high technology, which is why we are involved in a large number of information and communication networks as well as in national and international cooperations.

The increasing importance of laser technology is reflected in the formation of a wide range of institutions, networks and funding programs.

For example, we are a member of the Bavarian competence network bayern photonics e.V. and cooperate closely with the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT). Another focus in Erlangen is medical technology, in which we also cooperate with numerous partners. As a founding member of the German Industrial Research Association Konrad Zuse, which was established in 2015, the Bavarian Laser Center is also very well networked with non-profit research institutions throughout Germany. In addition, we have excellent contacts throughout the world. As part of our research and development activities, we not only work closely with European partners, we are also closely connected with the laser communities in the USA, Canada and Japan.





Innovation from tradition


Since the early 1980s, Erlangen has developed into a stronghold of laser technology in Germany. The foundation of the Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH in 1993 is a direct consequence of the steadily growing importance of laser technology research at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). Since then, we have been developing new fields of application for the laser as a beam tool as an interface between academic basic research and industrial application. With the Chair of Photonic Technologies (LPT), founded in 2009, the blz has another strong partner from the academic environment of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg at its side. You can see our most important stations in our timeline.



Here you can find our current publications:


Annual report 2023


Annual report 2022





Are you curious, passionate about new research and want to be part of a young research company?


What we offer you:


● Attractive remuneration according to TvöL

● 30 days of vacation per year

● Flexible working time models such as flextime and mobile working

● An open and friendly working atmosphere

● A wide range of career opportunities

● Flat hierarchies and short decision-making paths

● Free coffee every day


Our corporate culture has convinced you and you would like to become part of our team?
Then discover our open job ads now.