Future Industry with Perspectives

With about 100 companies in the field of biopharmaceuticals and medical biotechnology, the BioPharma Cluster South Germany offers a wide range of opportunities for young people. The ambitious talents and future specialists.

The region between the German city of Ulm and Lake Constance is one of the highest-grossing and most important research and development hubs of Germany’s pharmaceutical industry. Renowned universities offer a wide range of classes.

Every year approximately 1,100 of the region’s trainees and students successfully complete a training programme with a focus on pharmaceutical biotechnology. Their hiring chances in the region after graduating are very good. The companies invest in their future employees and, with trainee programmes, provide an excellent start into the professional world.

Various Training Opportunities

The four largest companies of the BioPharma Cluster alone offer more than 450 training spots. The range of occupational fields is wide and includes jobs from the commercial sector with a focus on technology, research and IT in the form of dual-education classes.

The companies located within the region put a huge emphasis on promoting young professionals. There are corporate learning centres in Biberach and Ingelheim that offer special classes and programmes to deepen the education of the vocational school. A mentoring programme supports trainees during their training, and many companies offer the option of traineeships abroad.

Partnerships with secondary schools promote young scientists. Network University Secondary School Industry is a partnership of Ulm University and the local industry with 20 partnering secondary schools. Thanks to this initiative, roughly 14 secondary schools have an approved S1 genetic engineering laboratory. The schools operate independently of the university and the companies, expanding their scientific know-how.

Trainee Insights

Vetter 
"Even while at school, I realised, chemistry is my thing. Then I came to Vetter. What can I say? It’s the perfect match!" – Ines Habersetzer, former apprentice chemical laboratory assistant.

Boehringer Ingelheim
"As a biology lab technician, I can actively work on researching and developing new drugs." – Nathalie Okogun, biology lab technician

Teva
Testimonials for education as videos
Intern testimonials

Different Courses of Study up to Doctorate

Numerous internationally renowned universities of applied sciences offer bachelor's and master's degree programmes in the field of biotechnology and pharmacy in the BioPharma Cluster South Germany. In many programmes, students are in direct contact with local companies. This type of partnership promotes practical research and provides students with insights into current research projects. The early interaction with the companies also opens up good opportunities for their entry into the industry.

The different universities of applied sciences in Ulm, Biberach, Aalen, Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Esslingen and at Ulm University offer a variety of courses focusing on biopharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical biotechnology. They also offer their students the academic career path towards doctoral studies.

University graduates can further qualify their studies scientifically. The School of Advanced Professional Studies (SAPS) provides practice-oriented expertise and management skills in certificate classes and masters courses.

Attractive Conditions

Excellent conditions for apprentices and skilled workers distinguish the BioPharma Cluster South Germany, including attractive income, additional benefits such as holiday bonuses, annual payments and retirement plans.

Due to the companies’ and institutions’ strong international emphasis, work-specific English classes are offered and promoted by the companies.

Many companies also offer their employees a variety of exercise programmes; from occupational health management to sports classes such as judo, fitness or yoga.

BioPharma Cluster employees are also supported when it comes to balancing their work and family life, offering them flexible work schedules and company-owned kindergartens.

Courses of Study

Aalen University of Applied Sciences

Aalen University of Applied Sciences – Technology and Economics
Beethovenstraße 1 
73430 Aalen
Germany

https://www.hs-aalen.de/

•    Chemistry (B.Sc.)
•    Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (M.Sc.)

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences

Sigmaringen Campus
Albstadt-Sigmaringen
Anton-Günther-Straße 51
72488 Sigmaringen
Germany

Albstadt Site
Albstadt Campus
Jakobstraße 6
72458 Albstadt-Ebingen
Germany

www.hs-albsig.de

•    Pharmaceutical Engineering – Biopharmaceutical Technology and Plant Engineering (B.Sc.) 
•    Bioanalysis (B.Sc.)
•    Biomedical Sciences (M.Sc.)

Biberach University of Applied Sciences

Biberach University of Applied Sciences
Karlstraße 11
88400 Biberach
Germany

http://www.hochschule-biberach.de

•    Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (B.Sc.) 
•    Industrial Biotechnology (B.Sc.)
•    Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.) in partnership with Ulm University
•    Industrial Biotechnology (M.Sc.) in partnership with Ulm University
•    • Biopharmaceutical Medical Engineering Sciences (M. Sc.), apprenticeship training in partnership with Ulm University

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

Applied Sciences
Kanalstraße 33
73728 Esslingen
Germany

http://www.hs-esslingen.de/de/

•    Biotechnology (B.Sc.)
•    Biotechnology (M.Sc.)

Ulm Technical University of Applied Sciences

Ulm University

Helmholtzstraße 16
89081 Ulm
Germany

www.uni-ulm.de

•    Biology (B. Sc.)
•    Biology (M. Sc.)
•    Biochemistry (B. Sc.)
•    Biochemistry (M.Sc.)
•    Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (M.Sc.) in partnership with Biberach University of Applied Sciences
•    Molecular Medicine (B. Sc.)
•    Molecular Medicine (M.Sc.)
•    Industrial Biotechnology (M.Sc.)
•    Molecular Medicine – PhD programme (PhD)
•    Molecular and Translational Neuroscience (M.Sc.)
•    Biopharmaceutical Medical Engineering Sciences (M. Sc.), apprenticeship training in partnership with Biberach University

Prof. Dr. Grübler gGmbH Natural Sciences Technical Academy

Private and State-Certified University of Applied Sciences and Vocational College
Seidenstraße 12 – 35
88316 Isny im Allgäu
Germany

www.nta-isny.de

•    Pharmaceutical Chemistry (B. Sc.)
•    Chemistry (B.Sc.)
 

Means of Training

Matthias-Erzbeger School, Biberach

Vocational School of the Biberach District Vocational School Centre
Leipzigstraße 11
88400 Biberach
Germany

http://www.mes-bc.de

Kilian-von-Steiner School

Vocational School, Laupheim
Am Käppele 9
88471 Laupheim
Germany

http://www.kvs-schule.de 

•    Dual Secondary School of Natural Sciences (NTG) 
•    Vocational college: Chemical Technical Assistant (CTA) 

Valckenburg School Ulm

Prof. Dr. Grübler gGmbH Natural Sciences and Technical Academy

State-Certified Private Technical University of Applied Sciences and Vocational College
Seidenstraße 12 – 35
88316 Isny im Allgäu
Germany

www.nta-isny.de

•    Vocational college: Biotechnological Assistant (BioTA) 
•    Vocational college: Chemical Technical Assistant (CTA)  
•    Vocational college: Pharmaceutical Technical Assistant (PTA) 

Ulm German Adult Education Centre

State-Certified Private Vocational College for Pharmaceutical Technical Assistants
Maybachstraße 15
89079 Ulm
Germany

www.deb.de 

•    Pharmaceutical Technical Assistant (state-certified) 

Academy of Health Professions at Ulm University Hospital

Ulm University Hospital
Academy of Health Professions
Schlossstraße 38-44 
89079 Ulm-Wiblingen
Germany

www.akademie.uniklinik-ulm.de

•    Medical Technical Laboratory Assistant (MTLA)

Qualification and Training

Ulm Chamber of Commerce and Education Centre in Partnership with (Bio)Pharmaceutical Companies

Ulm Chamber of Commerce
Olgastraße 95-101
89073 Ulm
Germany

Ulm Chamber of Commerce basic and advanced training

•    Certified Industrial Master Pharmacist 
•    Assistant for Biotechnical Production (Biopharma)
in-house training classes at Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach
•    Biotechnology Specialist
in-house classes at Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach

Academy of Science, Economics and Technology at Ulm University

Villa Eberhardt
Heidenheimer Straße 80
89075 Ulm
Germany

 http://www.uni-ulm.de/akademie

•    Good Manufacturing Practice – GMP-Training 
•    Safety in genetic engineering 
 

Network University Secondary School Industry

Matthias-Erzberger School, Biberach

Vocational School of the Biberach Vocational Training Centre
Leipzigstraße 11
88400 Biberach
Germany

 http://www.mes-bc.de

•    Biotechnological Secondary School

Pestalozzi Secondary School

Pestalozzi Secondary School
Breslaustraße 8
88387 Biberach
Germany 

http://www.pg-biberach.de

Biberach Wieland Secondary School

Biberach Wieland Secondary School
Adenauerallee 1–3
88400 Biberach an der Riß
Germany

https://www.wieland-gymnasium.de/ 

Albert-Einstein Secondary School

Secondary School at the Ulm-Wiblingen School Centre
Buchauerstraße 9
89079 Ulm
Germany

http://www.einstein-gym.ul.schule-bw.de/

Südwürttemberg Student Research Centre

Südwürttemberg Student Research Centre
Klösterle 1a
88348 Bad Saulgau
Germany

www.sfz-bw.de





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