Research at a research institute

A Scientist in the Neutron Guide Hall West of the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz

Germany has a large number of non-university research institutes. Their main emphasis lies on research and project work within a team – both in pure and applied research. Many international researchers have found a place at one of the large internationally recognised research organisations. Their excellent working conditions, international orientation and innovative, often interdisciplinary research projects make research at their institutes especially attractive.

Outstanding reputation

The institutes of Germany’s four large government-funded research organisations enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association and Max Planck Gesellschaft can enable you to work with renowned researchers and highly qualified research teams.


Most non-university research institutes are well-resourced in terms of funding and personnel. They offer you the opportunity to

  • carry out research in well-equipped workplaces,

  • contribute to interesting research projects,

  • take part in varied international collaborations or

  • realise your own research ideas.

Your research options: