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  1. Any scientists here? Need a reality check regarding jobs

    Yeah, that's more or less the attitude I'm coming with. The larger reason is to experience another culture, learn German, travel, and try things out to see how I like it. I'm already paid more than what I would get at a good job at the end of my career in Germany so money isn't really what I'm trying to optimize. Just don't want to be unemployed for too long or end up having to take a job entirely outside my interests and experience.
  2. Any scientists here? Need a reality check regarding jobs

    @zwiebelfisch Thanks for the detailed reply. I should clarify my stance on software vs research. I have already put academia behind me and currently work as a software engineer. It’s just that having spent so many years doing numerical development, I was wondering if I might have any edge in that market (and I do love it more than some software jobs). From the replies here though, it seems that Germany is already overrun with PhDs with a quantitative bent, so I guess not.   Coming back to software, what is in demand currently? If I spend a few months studying, what technologies should I learn? And what qualifies as a “good” software dev in Germany? In the US market, for someone out of school or a couple of years of experience, all that matters after getting your resume noticed is your ability to solve leetcode problems quickly. Do companies in Germany also assess developer quality in this way? Personally, I’m not a fan of this but given enough time, most people with the ability to get an interview (ie: good degree or network), who are reasonably smart, have a shot at getting a job at competitive companies.   @MikeMelga When I say research, I don’t mean tenured positions in academia and the various institutes. Don’t get me wrong, I would love those jobs but I know they are hard to get (same in the US) and they have some other drawbacks too. I mean mostly the roles in AI, NLP, autonomous driving, etc popping up in a lot of companies. These roles may not be appropriate for my current skill set but I’m wondering if hiring is more heavily biased towards Germans for such roles. Basically, if the role probably requires a PhD, am I at a significant disadvantage compared to typical software roles, provided I meet most of the job’s requirements?   And how does this bias change if I have permanent residency and authorization to work? For example, if I obtain that authorization through marriage.    
  3. Any scientists here? Need a reality check regarding jobs

    @jeba Thanks for the suggestion. I tried reaching out to a few on LinkedIn a few weeks ago but didn't get a response back. I can definitely try and reach out to some more.   @El Jeffo Ideally I would end up in Berlin, but if I have a hard time finding a job there, Munich and Hamburg would both be reasonable options. I have looked at the Fraunhofer Institutes but didn't know about the T-Labs, so I'm looking into that.   I should mention that I've already applied to 40+ jobs and got some interest (two interviews), though not as much as I had expected. I imagine this is at least partially because 1) I don't speak German, and 2) I don't live in Germany. I'm basically trying to figure out if I should keep applying for another 3-4 months or just quit my job, move there, and then apply. My gf has a job, and I have enough savings to survive, but it would really suck if I'm out of a job for much more than 6 months.
  4. Hi Toytown,   It's my first time posting, but I have a feeling I'll be coming back here a lot   I am a 30 year old US citizen in a long-distance serious relationship with a lovely German woman, and I am about to attempt to move to Germany to be with her. I am of South Asian descent and have a Muslim name.   I hold a PhD in electrical engineering from an Ivy League university and my research is in an area that has more overlap with theoretical/computational physics than it does with electrical engineering. I am currently employed at a well-known tech company and have 2 years of experience working there with the job title of 'software engineer'.   There are no jobs (anywhere in the world) directly in the stuff that I did my PhD in because of its theoretical nature, but jobs in the semiconductor, optics, and computational fields could have varying degrees of overlap with my skillset. Thanks to my current job, I have 2 years of experience coding in C++ and Python, but I don't have any experience in the burgeoning field of machine learning and AI. I say this to give you an idea that while I have a lot of education and even real world experience, I'm not exactly a typical candidate for most jobs that I see.   Now to my actual questions...   1. If I move to Germany and get married to my girlfriend, is it reasonable to expect that I could get a job in one of the larger cities within 6 months? I'm mostly worried that the combination of an academic leaning PhD with relatively recent software skills might make me too weird for the German market.   2. How closely am I expected to stick to either my PhD focus or to my 'software engineering' title when applying for new jobs? I ask this because in the U.S., it's often okay to apply in neighboring fields, and it's okay if you don't have all the listed skills.   3. I am not too interested in typical software roles and gravitate more towards research roles, which tend to be fewer in number. I'm wondering if research roles in companies are hard to get for foreigners, and if I need to learn German first?   4. Any tips on how I could get in touch with some scientists/PhDs working in industry in research roles?   5. I see that machine learning and AI are exploding in Germany right now. Is it still a field there that one can enter without formal training, provided that I have a strong quantitative background?