Research in Germany


Postdoctoral Programmes

For an ambitious researcher, Germany is one of the most attractive and dynamic research and innovation locations.  A research stay in Germany offers the chance to work with world leading universities, influential research institutions and connect with major players in German industry.

Germany’s reputation for quality, efficiency and innovation springs from close cooperation between industry and research facilities. Whether it’s the development of climate-friendly energy or mobility, artificial intelligence or virtual reality, Germany is successful in utilizing innovative technologies, products and services to benefit all. A cornerstone of this success is the government’s commitment to funding. The German government has consistently focused its policy on education, research and innovation and is investing more money than ever before.

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Career opportunities for postdocs and experienced researchers

Whether you come to Germany as a postdoc, a junior professor or a visiting researcher there’s a wide range of career options open to you. Universities, non-university research institutes and companies offer young international researchers excellent opportunities to gain research experience and qualify for the next step in their career.

  • The first postdoc phase (typically two to four years after your doctorate) is the time to develop your research and, if necessary, teaching skills. It’s also the time to publish your own work, engage in further training at conferences and further develop your soft skills.  
  • Experienced postdocs can pursue prerequisites needed for a professorship. This phase is about showing evidence of other academic accomplishments.  This can include work on your habilitation treatise, taking on a junior professorship or assuming a leadership position in a junior research group or in industry.
  • Leadership of an independent junior research group enables those outstanding junior researchers who have already gained post doctorate research experience to realise their own research project and qualify for a professorship or other leadership position. 
  • The prerequisites for appointment to a professorship at a university are a completed programme of higher education, the ability to teach and a particular aptitude for academic work which usually means an outstanding doctorate. You also have to provide proof of additional academic achievements.
  • Also worth considering is a leadership position in research and development (R&D) at a research-oriented company. As a team leader, for example, you could manage an international team of researchers in application and project-oriented research. You can work on innovative solutions for concrete problems, develop standards or find alternatives to existing processes.

Find out more about your career options in Germany. See the “Research in Germany” website for more information and details on your next steps:

The European Union has recently set up an online job market for scientists. Here, you can find job offers not only in Germany, but within the whole European Union:

Germany is also opening up its labour market for selected academics. For more information on working in Germany, please refer to the website of the German Embassy Kuala Lumpur at

Financing and funding your research work in Germany

Germany not only offers a great range of research opportunities for international researchers, there are also many funding opportunities. Germany places a high value on research that involves global cooperation meaning many organisations support international researchers and academics. In addition to this, research funding in Germany has the ultimate goal of financing the development of new ideas and technologies.

Find out about funding opportunities for you and your research project.  See a selection of funding programmes for international researchers:

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