Guides to “Researching in Germany”

Volker Lannert

In Germany, young researchers have an incredible range of options open to them. They can choose between more than 400 universities and three different types of higher education institutions. The universities have a strong theoretical orientation. Those who attach importance to practical knowledge should take a look at the research options offered by universities of applied sciences. And the best bet for artistically talented people is a film, art or music school. Another mainstay of Germany’s vibrant and innovative research scene are its differently oriented scientific organisations, such as the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz Association. The R&D departments of business companies also offer attractive prospects.

Tips on finding a research job

But what specific options are available? Where can you find jobs in Germany and how do you apply for them? What are the regulations with regard to residence? And how important is it to have a command of German? There are a number of web-based offerings that can help you to find a suitable PhD position or a job in research and development:

  • New app: Career Compass Germany

The Career Compass Germany app, available from the portal, offers information on job and study options in Germany. The app can be downloaded for free on to smartphones, tablets and BlackBerrys via Google PlayiTunes and the Amazon App-Shop. More information:

  • Research in Germany: Jobs & Career

The Jobs & Career section of our website offers detailed information on different career paths in Germany. Here, PhD students, postdocs and experienced researchers can find numerous tips and links to important websites and funding databases: