Working as a researcher

Regardless of whether you work in the research department of a company, work on a research project or have been teaching at a university for a long time: Germany offers you many opportunities to advance your career in research.

Visiting professor at a university

As a guest lecturer, you can teach and research at German universities for a limited time. A Visiting professor has advantages for all sides: The students at the university benefit from your specialist knowledge and your intercultural perspective. In turn, you yourself can gain new experience at a German university, gain technical and methodological impulses for your own work and help research institutions and international specialists to cooperate even better. The Research in Germany website explains how you can organize a guest stay at a German university.

Employment at a university

Of course, you can also apply for an open position at a German university. Many universities and technical colleges are looking for international reinforcement. In 2013, more than 38,000 academic staff from abroad were employed at German universities. Take advantage of this opportunity and apply. You can also combine a job as a research assistant with a doctoral thesis. Information on promotion in Germany can be found here. If you have already obtained your doctorate, you can also apply for a professorship in Germany. Further information is available on the Research in Germany platform.

International research and cooperation projects

Many international research and cooperation projects are based in Germany. There are some programs in Europe that promote such collaborations. This includes the ” Eureka” initiative , which supports cross-border, application-oriented research projects in industry and science in the European Union. With 1,277 completed and ongoing projects, Germany is involved in more than a quarter of all Eureka programs. You can find out more about current international projects in Germany on the International Cooperation platform

Employment in the R&D department of a company

The importance of research and development for German companies is shown by the increasing number of employees in these departments: In 2012 there were 367,000 full-time positions in corporate research and development – that is 10,000 more than in 2011. And this trend is likely to continue. That is why international scientists have good prospects of finding a job in German companies. Specialists are particularly in demand in areas where there are too few qualified applicants in Germany. This includes engineers and IT specialists. Here we explain how you can find an R&D position in German industry and what you need to consider with regard to visa and finances. If you are interested in doing research in German industry, please visit the “ Research in Germany” portal .
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