International early career 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 companies enjoy global recognition, but the country itself also has a great deal to offer. Here are five good reasons for coming to Germany:
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Five reasons to do your postdoc in Germany
Would you like to work in one of the best places for science and research? Then Germany is ideal: German universities are rated among the best on the planet. And when it comes to scientific publications, Germany is also among the Top Five in the world.
Furthermore, German companies and Germany’s public research organisations are among the world leaders in many sectors in terms of research developments and patent registrations. The country is considered a groundbreaking research nation – especially in the disciplines of the future. It therefore offers excellent conditions for your research career.
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 early career researchers. Here you can work with researchers from all over the world on all kinds of projects, including many that are interdisciplinary in nature. The close cooperation between universities, non-university research institutes and research-oriented companies is an important element in Germany’s international success in research and development.
Do you need support? Universities, non-university research institutes and funding organisations have set themselves the goal of supporting international early career researchers. A wide range of research grants and training positions make it easier for international postdocs to continue their research in Germany. Early career researchers are also sought by German industry – especially in research-intensive sectors such as the automotive, electrical, chemical, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.
Research requires freedom. If you come to Germany, you will live in one of the world’s safest and freest countries. Freedom of research is highly valued and protected by the constitution.
As an international researcher you will also be able to travel easily to other European Union countries to conduct research there.
You will feel comfortable in Germany: its high quality of life and comparatively moderate cost of living make Germany one of the most attractive host countries worldwide. And Germany is international: more than a quarter of its inhabitants are immigrants or stem from immigrant families.