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Germany offers junior researchers attractive conditions for research and academic development. Its universities and research institutions have an outstanding international reputation. The German research landscape has excellent international links and is very open towards researchers from abroad. German industrial research leads the world in many areas in terms of research innovations and patent applications.
Germany’s research landscape
Universities in Germany distinguish themselves through their excellent infrastructure, well-equipped research institutes, highly qualified staff and international orientation. International junior researchers can work in teaching and administration or on (externally funded) research projects. Junior researchers can also find ideal conditions in the laboratories, centres and institutes of non-university research institutions. In particular, the four large research organisations – Helmholtz Association, Max Planck Society, Leibniz Association and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft – offer postdoctoral scholars and junior researchers interesting areas of work in both basic research and applied research. Junior researchers can realise research projects here in international teams and enhance their personal qualifications. Collaborations between universities, research institutions and industry are particularly common in applied research. Research institutions and business enterprises work together at the regional level in what are known as “leading-edge clusters”. Research-intensive sectors like the automotive, electrical and chemical industries offer numerous interesting career opportunities for international junior researchers.
Junior researchers are welcome
Germany’s research landscape is becoming more and more international. In fact, international researchers are very welcome in Germany. As a rule, if you want to enter and work in Germany, you will need a visa and a residence permit that allows you to engage in employment (this is not required by EU citizens or citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Researchers who stay in Germany longer than three months and wish to realise a research project at a recognised research institution can receive a special researcher visa and a residence permit for the purpose of research. Special advisory offices at German universities and research institutions offer the partners of foreign researchers support in finding a job and initial support.
Various scientific organisations and research institutions support international junior researchers with project grants, fellowships and prizes.
A modern and open society
Germany is a modern, tolerant, open and democratic society with a high standard of living and a very good healthcare system. The German constitutional state is based on the rule of law and guarantees observance of human rights and the constitution. When it comes to life expectancy and per capita income, Germany is one of the world’s most highly developed countries. And Germany is diverse: roughly one fifth of the population has migrated to the country or stems from a migrant family.