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  1. Expat Burnout

    Interesting thread; I think all of the OPs points are valid. Settling in was probably made harder by being here on a fixed term contract and expecting to leave after it ended. I think to be happy here there needs to be some letting go: accepting that how things are here won't change and learning to find the best in them.   It sounds like you've made the most of your time here, learnt more about what gives you a fulfilling life, and ticked some career boxes. As others have said try and enjoy the rest of your time here knowing that in 12 months at least part of you will miss them.   I previously did an expat contact in a true shithole of a country: I left hating the place, the climate, the people, everything that reminded me of the place. A few years later I can look back and appreciate that there were things there that I did like and wish I'd spend my last weeks there as a tourist doing those things that I did enjoy.
  2. Any scientists here? Need a reality check regarding jobs

    For most highly qualified people from English speaking countries moving to Germany is not done for the 'career move'. The pay here is lower and it is harder to advance than in a country where you know the culture, language and have a network. If you are coming to spend more time with your significant other just come, find a comfortable software job and enjoy your time outside of work together. If you're still here in a year or two and speak the language you can start being pickier about what you want to do for work with the advantage of knowing more people and understanding how things work here.   The unemployment rate across Germany is 3.1%; effectively full employment. You will easily find a job here; whether it's a job and salary that it acceptable to you is a different matter.    My experience of software interviews was basically sitting down and having a chat, and maybe solving a very simple problem (fizz buzz level of difficult) to weed out people who had flat out lied on their CV. I suspect that foreigners get a little more scrutiny if they have no work experience in Germany, as the names of previous employers and universities might not mean anything to the people who are interviewing.   
  3. I always found the best leaders were those who knew when to bring in outside assistance!   I think you're too far down in the weeds OP. On the salary you are looking at here you are easily inside the top 1 percent of income earners. Your quality of life here will be very good.    Your taxes will be significantly higher (you can ignore the distinctions between social contributions, taxes, etc: they are simply the cost of living in Germany) and your figure is close enough.   Public safety is much better here, as is transport (including flying).    I think the greatest benefit is working hours are generally respected and you will have more time off.   The normal comparisons don't really apply to you as you're so far to the right of the income spectrum that many of the typical negatives of the US and positives of DE simply don't apply.
  4. How to calculate postdoc salary properly?

      According to the OED Acton's usage is fine: Forms:  Past tense and participle learned /lɜːnd/, learnt /lɜːnt/.
  5. Few German Mothers Go Back To Work Full Time.

    I think the article misses the main reason many women don't return to work: the lack of available childcare places and the very short school hours. For a family in Germany there is basically no way to have both parents work full time with school age children unless they get help from family to cover all the times formal care isn't available.
  6. British universities accused of dumbing down.

    The article you reference is discussing the results of a survey which shows that a majority of current university students in the UK support the idea of it being made easier for disadvantaged students to be accepted into universities. Currently admission is based on academic results at school. Students from well-off backgrounds do better on these measures indicating that socioeconomic status is influencing the results (unless you believe that the intelligence of children is determined by its parents' financial net worth) and should be accounted for. We would say that background is a confounding variable in what we are trying to measure: academic potential.    If we assume that raw academic potential is randomly distributed we would expect students from all groups to do equally. Now, imagine you have a hundred point scale, and students from the top-most quintile receive a median of 85, and students of the lowest quintile score a median of 60 and the required score for admission to some university is 80. Further assume a standard deviation of 5. Our student from the top-most quintile can under-perform his/her peer-group and still be admitted, whereas a student from the lowest group effectively has zero chance of being admitted. Recognising this problem, a university might say that students from the lowest socio-economic quintile automatically receive a 10 point admissions bump or some such scheme to help "level the playing field". The poor student still has to be in the top 5% of their cohort, but at least now has a chance.   These schemes are not new and don't threaten the academic integrity of higher education. The advantages that led to the difference in school results don't magically disappear, but such schemes, I think, should be supported.