Career options for postdocs

Career Options for Postdocs

If you decide to stay in science or research after completing your doctorate, there are a wide range of career options open to you. Whether you come to Germany as a postdoc, a junior professor or a visiting researcher, German universities, non-university research institutes and companies offer young international researchers excellent opportunities to gain research experience and qualify for the next step up the career ladder.

Here you will find examples of typical career paths in Germany:

Path to professorship

Path to professorship

Different routes lead to a university professorship in Germany. In addition to the still common habilitation process, there are now other recognised ways of qualifying for appointment as a professor. More Path to professorship

Postdoc positions

Postdoc positions

Universities, non-university research institutes and companies offer research jobs or grants to support young postdoctoral researchers. More Postdoc positions

Junior professor

Junior professor

Junior professorships are a relatively new instrument of academic training that enables postdocs not only to engage in independent research and teaching early on, but also to assume responsibility and qualify for a professorship at a university. As a rule, junior professors are appointed by universities, sometimes jointly with non-university research institutes. More Junior professor

Junior research group leader

Junior research group leader

Working as a junior research group leader at a university or non-university research institute does not only provide experience of managing a research team and conducting research on your own project; it also offers an opportunity to work independently and take responsibility for staffing and budgets. More Junior research group leader

Researcher in industry

Researcher in industry

Do you enjoy a challenge and finding solutions to practical problems? A leadership position in research and development at a German company offers a wide range of interesting responsibilities. More Researcher in industry

Research stays and visits

Research stays and visits

A research stay or visit will not only enable you to establish first contacts in Germany and gain an understanding of the research and higher education system; it can also make it easier to decide in favour of a research career in Germany. More Research stays and visits

International collaborations

International collaborations

Realising your own research idea with an international partner broadens horizons and enables new experiences. German universities, non-university research institutes and companies are excellent cooperation partners. More International collaborations