I am a physics PhD student in Germany. During my PhD I got two children, and as a mother, I had to give major part of my time to my children. I started in April 2012, and I will finish in spring 2018. Is this too long time to get a postdoc position afterwards?
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The typical times for a PhD in Germany vary mostly between three and six years, depending on the specific field you're in.
Legally, the university is allowed to give you fixed-term contracts for a total maximum of six years while you're working towards your PhD. However, there are extensions of this limit for childcare, so you would be well below this limit.
For a postdoc position, I don't think the time taken for your PhD would be a major factor in evaluating your application.
In Germany you can be employed by the University, i.e., your salary comes from the federal government, up to six years. If you have external funding such as, scholarships or projects, by external companies there is no limit.
Moreover, for each child the contract can be extended one year.
I was a resarcher fellow in Fraunhofer institute in Erlangen for a few years (7). I was surprised by the time take by PhD Candidate to defend a thesis.
I think that the average is 6-7 years. In comparison to French system it's really long, 3-3.5 years here.
To get a post-doc position, I think age of candidate is not a problem. For me only the quality of the guy (or girl) is important!