Where can I continue my research?
- © DAAD/Volker Lannert
The next obvious question after completing your doctorate is: “Where should I go from here?” If you have discovered your passion for research, you will want to carry on. But how? And above all where? The area in which you decide to concentrate next will largely determine the future course of your professional career. In Germany the traditional research career path involves a period of postdoctoral work at a university leading to a professorship. Working abroad is career-enhancing, inspiring and exciting. And for some positions a period abroad is absolutely essential.
German universities offer international junior researchers funding, support and a solid working environment in both research and teaching.
Non-university research organisations also focus firmly on science and research. The main emphasis here lies on research and project work within a team – whether in basic or applied research.
German industry also enables researchers to work on concrete problems and develop solutions to specific questions within a team, frequently in partnership with researchers at universities or non-university research institutes. Many large, internationally renowned companies invest very strongly in research and development. Numerous small and medium-sized enterprises also engage in research. They offer interesting jobs and long-term development prospects for international researchers.