Why do your postdoc in Germany


International junior researchers have the world at their feet. That is why deciding where you want to take the next step up the career ladder can be challenging. Germany is definitely a very interesting option for you: not only do German universities and German industry enjoy global recognition, but the country itself also has a great deal to offer. Here are five good reasons for coming to Germany:

5 reasons to do your postdoc in Germany

  • 1. Germany’s universities are among the best in the world

    Germany is one of the world’s leading research nations. And its universities are rated among the best on the planet. Germany is home to 38 of the world’s 500 top universities listed in the renowned Shanghai Ranking, which puts it in third place after the United States and China. This international reputation is based on a long tradition of excellent academic research and teaching.

  • 2. Germany is a leading research nation

    Its innovativeness and scientific curiosity have enabled Germany to rank among the world’s most dynamic countries when it comes to patent, trademark and industrial design applications. And no other European country registers more patents than Germany at the European Patent Office. The country is considered a groundbreaking research nation – especially in the disciplines of the future.

    When it comes to academic publications, Germany is also among the Top Five in the world. It therefore offers ideal conditions for your research career.

  • 3. Germany has a diverse research landscape

    Germany has a broad, innovative and multifaceted research landscape. Alongside its universities, the institutes of Germany’s non-university research organisations offer ideal conditions for international junior researchers. Here you can work with researchers from all over the world on all kinds of projects, including many that are interdisciplinary in nature. In particular, Germany’s four large research organisations – the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society – stand out because of their internationally acclaimed research activities.

    Furthermore, industrial research is of a very high standard: German industry leads the world in many sectors when it comes to research developments and patent registrations. The close cooperation between universities, non-university research institutes and research-oriented companies is an important element in Germany’s international competitiveness.

  • 4. Junior researchers receive strong support

    Universities, non-university research institutes and funding organisations have set themselves the goal of supporting international junior researchers. A wide range of research grants and training positions make it easier for international postdocs to continue their research in Germany. Junior researchers are also sought by German industry – especially in research-intensive sectors such as the automotive, electrical, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

  • 5. Germany is a country with a very high quality of life

    Its high quality of life and comparatively low cost of living make Germany one of the most attractive host countries worldwide. And Germany is international: roughly one fifth of its inhabitants are immigrants or stem from immigrant families.

What international postdocs say

See what international researchers have to say about their experience in Germany and why they chose to do their postdoctoral research here:

“Researching in Germany is excellent”

“Researching in Germany is excellent”

At Freie Universität Berlin, environmental scientist Dr Hamid Taheri Shahraiyni is using his Georg Forster Research Fellowship to develop a highly precise method of predicting air pollution levels. In our interview, he explains why he finds the research climate in Germany so agreeable. More “Researching in Germany is excellent”

“A unique boost”

“A unique boost”

The psychologist Dr Katja Dörschner-Boyaci has been awarded one of the highly-endowed 2014 Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards. In our interview, she explained what shiny table tops have to do with her work and what she appreciates about Germany as a place for research. More “A unique boost”