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.
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.
Next Explorer: 14–27 June 2020 (call will open at the beginning of 2020)
During the year you can meet us at various international career fairs and learn about vacant postdoctoral positions in Germany's thriving Ruhr area.
Fall 2020: Visit to São Paulo, Brazil and Santiago de Chile
To support and intensify international exchange and collaboration, the University Alliance Ruhr created liaison offices for North America, Latin America, and Russia.
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:
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: