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Opportunities for International Researchers

Welcome to the Ruhr—Germany's largest metropolitan area where innovative research meets strong networks! Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen have been working closely together in the University Alliance Ruhr for over ten years. We have joined forces in the Research Academy Ruhr to offer doctoral and postdoctoral researchers a strong network for their international research career.

Benefit from a unique scientific diversity: 47 faculties and a multitude of common research profiles and inter-university research projects, vibrant and international research communities as well as an excellent professional research environment.

Take a closer look at our international activities and learn more about the career options for international early career researchers.
Flyer "Research Opportunities for Early Career Researchers in the Ruhr Area"

Research Explorer Ruhr – Summer program for postdocs

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a program for international recent postdocs (to-be) interested in exploring the research landscape in the Ruhr area. The program is conducted entirely in English, and the invitation includes travel expenses and accommodation.

Next Explorer: Our next Explorer will take place in December 2021. Due to the special circumstances regarding the pandemic, this year's program will take place under special conditions.

Learn more here!

Meet us at international career fairs

During the year you can meet us at various international career fairs and learn about vacant postdoctoral positions in Germany's thriving Ruhr area.

Next dates:

24 June 2021: Research in Germany Virtual Career Fair

27 & 28 August 2021: GAIN Conference and Career Fair (Virtual)

UA Ruhr liaison offices at your service

To support and intensify international exchange and collaboration, the University Alliance Ruhr runs liaison offices in North America and Russia.

Learn more here:

UA Ruhr Liaison Office New York

UA Ruhr Liaison Office Moscow

Prepare your stay: International Offices

The International Offices of our three universities provide you with information and advice to prepare and carry out your stay at the University Alliance Ruhr:

Welcome Centre Ruhr-Universität Bochum

International Office TU Dortmund University

International Office University of Duisburg-Essen

Find job opportunities

Are you looking for open doctoral or postdoctoral positions in the University Alliance Ruhr?

Here you will find the universities' job portals:

If you want to do a doctorate at a German university, you can choose between two paths: an individual doctorate and structured doctoral programs. The "Research in Germany" platform provides you with a lot of helpful information about doctoral studies in Germany.

If you are interested in an individual doctorate, you need to find a university professor who will supervise your dissertation. You have to apply directly to the professor in question. We recommend you to search the websites of our universities for institutes or working groups that match your area of research.

Structured doctoral programs differ from individual doctoral research and are mostly similar to those in English-speaking countries. Here you will find an overview of all structured doctoral programs within the UA Ruhr.

Research landscape and career options

If you are wondering what career opportunities the German research landscape offers or would like to find out more about the research system in Germany, we recommend the Research in Germany portal. It provides a lot of information about career and funding opportunities and offers helpful tips for planning your research stay in Germany:

info on how to obtain a PhD in Germany

general info for postdocs

info on career options for postdocs

Get in touch!

If you have specific questions about offers and funding opportunities by Research Academy Ruhr or the local institutions for the promotion of early career researchers, please contact:

Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Dr. Jörn Benzinger, Research School

TU Dortmund University: Dr. Benjamin Brast, Graduate Center

University of Duisburg-Essen: Simon Kresmann, Graduate Center Plus

Academic Hub Ruhr: More than research

Livable and affordable: The Ruhr area, or Ruhrgebiet, is the most densely populated region of Germany, with more than 5.1 million people living in more than 50 municipalities. The big four — Duisburg, Essen, Bochum and Dortmund — once were the heart and backbone of Germany’s coal and steel industry, a heritage of strength and classic technology.

Today, the entire region stands for smart and innovative answers to the big challenges of technical, economic and social change. This is the place where people from all parts of the world come to work, live and create a better future.

Take a look at this short image film of the Metropolis Ruhr: