Opportunities for International Early Career 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 you a strong network for your 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 incoming researchers.


Get to know us!

Summer Program for international Postdocs

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Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a two-week summer program for international recent postdocs 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.

Learn more here!

Meet us at international Career Fairs

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

5 October 2019: Begin Grad Fair, Moscow

8 October 2019: Begin Grad Fair, St. Petersburg

22 February 2020: MIT European Career Fair, Cambridge, MA

29 August 2020: Annual GAIN Conference, Boston

Fall 2020: Visit to São Paulo, Brazil and Santiago de Chile


Our three Liaison Offices at your service

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To support and intensify international exchange and collaboration, the University Alliance Ruhr created liaison offices for North America, Latin America, and Russia.

Learn more about the UA Ruhr liaison offices:

UA Ruhr Liaison Office New York

UA Ruhr Liaison Office Moscow

UA Ruhr Liaison Office Latin America



Find job opportunities

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

Here you will find the universities' job portals:

Job portal Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Job portal TU Dortmund University

Job portal University of Duisburg-Essen



Research Landscape & Career Options

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If you are wondering what career opportunities the German research landscape offers and how the research system works in Germany, we recommend the information portal Research in Germany. It provides you with information about career and funding opportunities and gives you 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


Furthermore, 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


Get in touch!

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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:

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

Dr. Benjamin Brast, Graduate Center, TU Dortmund University

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


Academic Hub Ruhr: More Than Research

Metropolis Ruhr

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: