Staying, Working and Researching in Germany

Residence Permits

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

Ulm University offers a variety of programmes for young researchers. For more information, please click here.

Additionally, there are specific support programmes for female scientists.

Postdoctoral Research in Germany

Very detailed information about postdoctoral research in Germany and career options for young researchers can be found on the website "Research in Germany". 

The Research Map of the German Rector's Conference (HRK) informs about the key research priorities of higher education institutions in Germany.

The Research Explorer, an online database provided by the DAAD and the DFG, contains information on over 24,500 university and non-university research institutes in Germany.

How to find a Postdoc?

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.

A compendium of different databases, job portals and funding possibilities is featured on the "Research in Germany" website as well as on the website of the pan-european initiative EURAXESS.

Finding 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 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.


A warm advice

Generally, your chance of finding a job in Germany will be better if you have good German language skills.

Hence, please consider taking advantage of the German language courses at Ulm University during your doctorate.


Daniel Kanzleiter

Advising Hours:
Tuesday:13:30 - 15:30
Thursday:09:00 - 11:30
No advising:March 1, 2018
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