Research Career Day

All About Making a Career in Research

Are you doing your doctorate and would like to know what a career in research means? Do you want to figure out if a research career is the right choice for you? The Research Career Day provides strategic knowledge and personal orientation about career perspectives, career paths and requirements for a career in research.

What does the Research Career Day offer?

The Research Carer Day fosters an early understanding of the most important career factors, career strategies and personal decisions for a career in research. The half-day event combines expert input, the exchange of experiences with Postdocs and experienced researchers, and interactive elements. It provides knowledge and experiences to enable an early career orientation for doctoral researchers interested in a research career and helps to understand what can already be important during the doctorate.

Who is invited to participate?

The Research Career Day is aimed at doctoral researchers from all research areas at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen who would like to find out about a career in research at an early stage.

We offer this event in English to integrate all research areas and research languages.

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Kalender IconNext date: The next Research Career Day will take place on 9 November 2023, 14:00 - 17:15 h at RUB.

14:00 – 17:15 h with flexible breaks:

Welcome and Introduction to the day

Part I: Gaining Career Orientation
In this part of the programme we will touch basic questions of how to develop a career in research and will explore how to navigate through the career system at different kinds of (research) institutions. We will discuss career paths and options, outline the most important career stages and point out to different career goals.

Together with you and the experienced researchers we will discuss:

  •  career goals
  •  career steps
  •  career paths & options
  •  institutional frameworks & conditions

Part II: Developing an academic profile
In this part of the programme we will highlight important career factors and requirements for making a career in research. We will also address career strategies to deal with career decisions and demands and will reflect upon personal motivations to follow a research career. You will be supported to develop your own understanding of:

  • career requirements 
  • explicit and implicit career factors 
  • career strategies
  • personal motivations & decisions to make a research career

Part III: Meet the experienced researchers to ask your personal questions

17:15 h End and emptying drinks & snacks 


Researchers you can discuss with:
Prof. Dr. Inka Müller, Engineering Sciences, Hochschule Bochum
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Thomas van Dijk, Engineering Sciences, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nina Boberg-Fazlić, Economy Sciences, TU Dortmund
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kristina Liefke, Philosophy, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Hülya Çelik, Philology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Laura Kunold, Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Dr. Peter Njenga Ng`Ang`A, Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology
Dr. Victoria Trinkaus, Biochemistry, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology

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Please register here by 06 November 2023: Registration


If you have any questions about the Research Career Day, please contact:

Dr. Ursula Justus
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
RUB Research School
FNO 01/142
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28070