Research Explorer Ruhr

Explore your Postdoc Opportunities in the Ruhr Area

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a program for international early postdoctoral researchers (to-be) interested in exploring the research landscape of the University Alliance Ruhr.

Benefit from workshops on postdoc funding schemes and research career options in Germany! Networking events and excursions will help you become acquainted with the thriving Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live.

When? 16 June 2024 (arrival) to 30 June 2024 (departure)

Who? Doctoral researchers in the final stage of their PhD & early postdoctoral researchers (<1 year after receiving their doctoral degree)

More information about the 2024 application and schedule will follow here on time!

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Call for applications (2023)

Apply now for a spot in this year's Research Explorer Ruhr! Join in to work out research compatibility with a professor of your choice and explore possibilities to come back for a longer postdoc stay with your own funding. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2023. You can download the call for applications (PDF) here.

How to apply?

There are two possibilities for you:

1) Apply to a professor’s profile
Here you will find the profiles of the participating professors. This list is constantly updated. You can conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile:

Fill in the application form you can find at the end of each host’s profile and send it with your academic CV as well as a publication list to by 28 February 2023.

2) Unsolicited application
We also accept unsolicited applications. In case you would like to work with a researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, or the University of Duisburg-Essen who has not uploaded a profile, please fill in the application form (PDF) and send it with your academic CV and a publication list to by 28 February 2023 so that we can get in touch with the respective professor.
Important: do NOT send any kind of application to a professor directly.
Also important: we will not look for a potential host for you, this is your task.

Helpful Information

International doctoral researchers, who have already submitted their doctoral thesis, and early international postdoctoral researchers, who have recently finished their PhD, are invited to apply for a spot in Research Explorer 2023. If you are thinking of doing a postdoc in the Ruhr Area, but are not sure if it is the right fit for you, Research Explorer Ruhr is the right program.

Our professors offer to host one guest at their institute. During this time, you can work out cooperation opportunities, research compatibility and possibilities to come back as a postdoc with your own funding.

Research Academy Ruhr funds your stay (travel, visa, accommodation) and will offer a program of workshops on funding options and cultural activities to round off the experience.

A preliminary schedule will be published here in good time.

Research Explorer Ruhr gives you the opportunity to invite interesting international early postdoctoral researchers (to-be) to a two-week stay at your university. Research Academy Ruhr will cover travel and accommodation costs.

In addition to an introduction to the German research system, the accompanying program will also include a workshop to successfully raise funds for a postdoctoral position. If these guests wish to return as postdocs, the candidates themselves are responsible for obtaining the appropriate funds and scholarships.

All organizational questions and planning with the guests are handled by Research Academy Ruhr so that you can concentrate on joint research questions or projects. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jörn Benzinger.

Kontakt Foto Dr. Jörn Benzinger

Contact for organizational questions

Dr. Jörn Benzinger
RUB Research School
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150, FNO 01/133
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-27124

For scientific questions please contact the professors directly.

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