Having completed your PhD is a major accomplishment. A doctorate degree is also an entrance ticket for attractive post-graduate positions.
If you have completed your doctorate degree and have gained several years’ worth of experience in international research, a leadership position in a junior research team could be the right next move in your academic career.
If your passion is applied research and you are working on a topic that will be a good fit for corporate research and development departments, you may want give postdoc positions at companies a closer look.
If your long-term goal is a professorship and you want to stay in academics/science, then a position as a junior researcher at a university or non-university research institution may be right for you.
The foundation “Baden-Württemberg Stiftung” supports excellent young researchers with the “elite program for post-docs”. Selected outstanding young scientists receive funds to pursue their own research project.
For young female researchers, Baden-Württemberg has instituted the “Margarete von Wrangell program”. The program aims at supporting excellent female post-docs on their way to becoming university professors. The scholarship money is used to fund a position at a university department. The female post-docs also receive special trainings and are invited to networking events.