Science, Research & Teaching

Calling all scientists and researchers, Berlin's extensive, outstanding and diversified research landscape is what makes it the science capital of Germany. Some 200,000 of your colleagues are already engaged in employment, research, teaching and study here. 

The capital city offers an open and collaborative research climate – as demonstrated by the numerous scientific ambassadors involved in the ongoing "Brain City" campaign. "The openness you find here is just great," says Dr. Tatiana Korotkova from the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology on the Berlin-Buch campus. "I can find the right kind of scientific expertise for every kind of problem," says Prof. Christine Lang, founder and managing partner of Organ Balance GmbH. Prof. Dr. Birgit Felden from the School of Economics and Law is convinced that "Berlin has everything it needs to be successful."

Here you'll find fundamental interdisciplinary research and market-oriented planning being conducted at both small start-ups as well as major corporations. Many Berlin-based companies partner with scientific institutions to establish networks – collaborative efforts that are overseen by scientists working on both sides of the partnership. However, as a scientist you will not only find jobs at research institutions, universities and private companies, but also in schools, public relations agencies, associations or in science communication.

OUR TIP: The capital portal "Brain City" is the leading science portal in Berlin - interesting information about the location and Berlin companies in science. Via our pilot point at the bottom of the page, you will be taken directly to the website.

Four universities and the Charité-University Hospital in Berlin, seven technical colleges, 70 non-university-affiliated research institutions, numerous companies with integrated research departments, four arts academies, 30 private colleges, six technology parks and eight start-up incubators make Berlin one of the largest science hubs in Europe – and every one of them is a potential employer. The Adlershof Science and Technology Park alone is home to 1,000 companies where you can work and conduct research. No matter what the material or focus is, here you'll find an institution with the personnel, equipment and methodologies for conducting practically any kind of analysis. Potential employers include the Max Planck Society, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, the Fraunhofer Society and the 15 institutes of the Leibniz Association – institutions that are among the who's who on the European scientific scene.

If you take a job at a state-funded public research institution or at an institute, your salary is covered by collective bargaining agreements and is based on the civil service (TVöD) pay scale. The employment contracts and salary arrangements at private institutions are generally in line with public sector collective bargaining agreements. It is difficult to provide specific information about salaries. But on average, trained research scientists earn about 48,000 euros per year before taxes, while researchers in the pharmaceutical industry earn roughly 57,000 euros and researchers in the automotive industry around 50,000 euros – physicists, biologists and computer scientists earn around 45,000 euros per year. Salaries are based, as always, on experience and current pay rates at the respective companies. So get started on your job search now! It'll pay off in the end.

Berlin-based medical technology

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