Research and teaching at a university

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Germany has a multifaceted and well developed higher education system. German universities are among the best in the world and therefore represent an excellent option for the next step in your research career.

In recent years especially, Germany has invested very large amounts of money in its universities. This has been intended to secure the long-term international competitiveness of German research. It has certainly also contributed to Germany becoming one of the most popular host countries for postdoctoral junior researchers.

Support at university

Universities maintain International Offices or Welcome Centres that provide support and advice for junior researchers. That is also where you can obtain assistance on all important questions relating to your stay in Germany before you arrive. Details of contact persons and the addresses of International Offices are available on the online database Higher Education Compass run by the German Rectors’ Conference.

Wide-ranging opportunities for postdocs

Germany’s almost 400 higher education institutions offer over 20,000 degree programmes – from "3D Animation for Film and Games" to the programme “Yiddish Culture, Language and Literature". Among them you will definitely find the specific research area that matches your profile and your interests – whether as a research associate, junior research group leader or junior professor.