What's next after the doctorate: a guide to being a postdoc
The term "postdoc" refers to the period of time between the completion of a doctoral degree and the possible appointment to a tenured professorship. Early-career researchers are expected to use this step to acquire the skills necessary for their academic careers by conducting interesting research projects, writing articles for key publications, and spending time at the leading institutions in their field. At the same time, however, there is a high degree of insecurity attached to this stage. Short-term contracts, the necessity to move to where job opportunities present themselves, and uncertain job prospects can often only be balanced out by a great deal of passion for academia.
Although there are positive signs of change, working conditions for postdocs in Germany remain difficult. Andreas Keller, director of the Higher Education and Research division of the German Education Union (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft - GEW) explains exactly where the problems lie and what changes still need to be made. »
The number of funding opportunities for postdocs has risen sharply in the last few years, especially with respect to subject-specific scholarships and universities offering their own fellowship programmes. academics.com has put together a list of the largest programmes and those that provide funding across various disciplines. »