Better career opportunities attracted Devendra Mani Tripathi of Deoria town in Uttar Pradesh to pursue his postdoctoral research from Germany.
Devendra landed in Germany in 2014 after completing his PhD programme at the Inorganic and Physical Chemistry department, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru. His research research work was focused on studying small molecular clusters, using microwave spectroscopy.
“Germany is a leader in science and engineering. The world-class education offered by the country and its strong collaboration among different research groups makes it a perfect destination for postdoctoral research,” says Devendra, who aspires to join a research institute in India after completing his postdoctoral studies in Germany. “My preference would be for those institutes, which give equal emphasis on research and teaching as teaching given an edge to one’s research and makes them evolve while being connected to academics,” says Devendra.
“Germany had always been one of my most preferred destinations for a postdoctoral research because of its supportive research environment. It was like an icing on the cake when I got selected in the group of professor Martina Havenith, who is one of the pioneers in the field of spectroscopy and dynamics,” says Devendra, who is enrolled as a postdoctoral researcher at Ruhr University Bochum.
“The work-life balance is well taken care of in Germany which also attract students from various parts of the world for their further studies,” he adds.
“Apart from conventional academics, one can join the industry since Germany’s strong industry-academia collaboration helps students get an internship in industry. This leads to easy migration to industrial jobs,” adds Devendra.
“Additionally, various postdoctoral fellowships such as Marie-Curie, Humboldt, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) are also available for further studies. These fellowships are always a plus for one’s future academic career.”
“Students willing to do bachelor’s or master’s degrees in Germany must have a very strong hold on the German language, as almost all the courses are offered in German,” suggests Devendra.