Research does not only take place in universities and non-university research institutes. Many large, internationally renowned companies invest very strongly in research and development. In fact, industry provides over two thirds of the funds that Germany invests in research and development every year. Numerous small and medium-sized enterprises also engage in research.
German companies offer interesting jobs and long-term development prospects for international researchers. As a result, the highest number of jobs for researchers are based in industry. Research here takes into account practical concerns and is frequently also conducted in partnership with universities and non-university research institutes.
Industrial companies, especially in the automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and electronic sectors, are strongly engaged in application-oriented research and development (R&D). They offer international junior researchers a well-equipped working environment, interesting research areas, good pay and usually long-term prospects within the company.