Young researchers in the engineering sciences should resist the temptation to do only applied research but rather establish a fruitful interaction between fundamental and applied work. After all, our mission in academia is to “explore strange new worlds, … to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
For many young researchers, the PhD graduation marks the end of an era of standardized salaries. They now have to negotiate their salary when entering the industry or moving to a non-university research organization. Below are some tips on how to approach these negotiations. An Austrian-German perspective.