How to proceed and what factors have to be considered while looking for a postdoc position is exhaustively compiled in this article in Science magazin.
Staying, Working and Researching in Germany
If you intend to stay and work in Germany after your doctoral graduation, the German residence law allows you to extend your stay for another 18 months to look for a job.
Please note that you have to apply for the extension before defending your thesis. Additionally, you need to proof sufficient financial coverage for your livelihood during your extended stay and adequate health insurance. For more information, please see the "Make it in Germany" website.
You can also contact your local foreign nationals’ registration office for more information. If you live in Ulm, please click here.
Postdoctoral Research at Ulm University and in Germany
The Ulm University offers a variety of support programs for junior scientists. More information can be found on this website.
For junior female researchers you will also find further support programs on the homepage of the Equal Opportunities Unit.
Postdoctoral research in Germany
Extensive information about postdoctoral research in Germany and the career prospects of young scientists can be found on the website "Research in Germany".
The Research Map of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) provides information focus on the topics of research at German universities.
"GERiT - German Research Institutions", an online database of the DAAD, the DFG and the HRK, also provides information of more than 25,000 university and non-university research institutions in Germany.
Find a job
A lot of platforms help you find a job after completion of your doctorate. Advice for international postgraduate students can be found on the following websites:
Useful online job portals are:
- The German Federal Employment Agency provides Germany’s largest online job portal.
- Absolventa – A job portal particularly for Academics (only in German).
- The job portal of the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT publishes more academic job offers.
The International Office offers advise to international graduates at the transition from university to career within the scope of the "Study and Work" project.
The project website can be found here.
The Welcome Center of IHK Ulm/Oberschwaben offers advice for international job applicants interested in working in Ulm and the region.
It is usually much easier to find a job in Germany, if you have a good proficiency of the German language.
Therefore, you should consider taking advantage of the language courses offered at Ulm University during the doctoral studies.
A list of non-university language schools in Ulm can be found on this website.