Postdoctoral Researchers' Networking Tour 2017

Norbert Hüttermann/DAAD

Perspectives in German Materials Science and Nanotechnology (24.09.2017 – 30.09.2017)

Germany offers a broad spectrum of career options for young scientists at universities, research institutions and in industry. However, those who have never been to Germany and Germans who have been out of country for some time may not be familiar with recent developments and new opportunities.

Through its Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour the DAAD offers a new format to provide postdoctoral researchers with an insight into German science and the job market for highly qualified postdoctoral researchers.

This year’s networking tour focusses on materials science and nanotechnology and includes:

On-site visits to

  • universities
  • research institutes
  • companies

An insight into high level research projects in

  • materials science
  • nanotechnology
  • and related research areas

Discussions with experts who have a profound understanding of

  • the German higher education system
  • funding opportunities
  • the job market
  • the start-up scene
  • the employer perspective
  • application procedures

Numerous networking opportunities with

  • representatives of business and academia
  • other tour participants.

The tour language is English. The detailed planning of the tour is currently in progress and regularly updated information on the time schedule and the participating institutions is available here (pdf, 0.2 MB).

What we expect:

Applicants should

  • have obtained their PhD/doctorate no longer than 5 years ago and have not been living in Germany or affiliated to a German institution within the previous 12 months
  • have been researching in a subject area corresponding to the focus of the tour
  • have demonstrated high productivity and quality in their scientific work. This should be clearly documented in the list of publications, grants, patents and other achievements
  • have a genuine interest in taking the next step in their career in Germany and be able to demonstrate this (e.g. former or current cooperation, favourable research or career opportunities, specific career demands)
  • have exhibited drive and determination, initiative and a willingness to play a role in shaping the future.

What we offer:

  • a practice orientated and diverse programme to suit the requirements of the participants
  • coverage of programme related costs in Germany (accommodation, domestic travel, most meals)
  • a lump sum travel allowance if such costs are not borne by a third party. This will also be provided if the stay is extended by up to five working days in order to allow for additional professional networking.

Postdoc-NeT Fellows 2017

The participants of this year’s tour are introduced here.

Any questions?

Then please contact us at

Helpful Links

  • Research in Germany Germany offers various career opportunities for international PhD students and researchers. Read more about your career and research opportunities in Germany and visit the website „Research in Germany“:
  • Postdoc-NeT 2016 In 2016 the topic of Postdoc-NeT was Perspectives in German Molecular Bioscience. Information on the schedule (pdf, 0.3 MB) and the participants is available here.
  • GSO Leadership Academy The GSO Leadership Academy supports young researchers of all disciplines who want to further develop the skills they need for the next step in their careers in academia and beyond. Together with renowned partners the GSO Leadership Academy offers selected candidates two intensive trainings in the U.S. and in Germany. Fellows will gain a better understanding of their personal approach to leadership, experience what it means to model leadership in different research-related environments, and learn how they can further push their personal development.