Research Explorer Ruhr

Teilnehmer des Research Explorer Ruhr 2019
© Daniel Sadrowski/Research Academy 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.

Changes in 2021 due to COVID

Due to the special circumstances regarding the pandemic, this year's program will take place under special conditions. Instead of the two-week summer program on-site,

RER 2021 will be a 1+1 week hybrid event:

  • October to December:
    Virtual exchanges with RUB researchers about your potential postdoc project
  • December 6–10, 2021:
    Virtual workshops on funding and research opportunities
  • 2022:
    In case of mutual interest of participant and host, individual, follow-up invitations to Bochum in 2022 (depending on the pandemic situation).

The basic concept of the Research Explorer Ruhr remains in place:

Join in and explore research opportunities at our excellent chairs and institutes. Benefit from workshops on postdoc funding schemes and research career options in Germany! Virtual networking and excursions will help you become acquainted with the thriving Ruhr Area as a potential place to work and live. Please note that this year, only researchers of Ruhr-Universität Bochum act as hosts.

Next Call for Applications: The call for applications is now open! Please apply by 15 October.

Hosts and Application

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:

How to apply: submit the application form you can find at the end of each host’s profile and send your academic CV as well as a publication list to research-explorer@rs.rub.de by 15 October 2021.

Unsolicited Applications

Important note: We also accept unsolicited applications. In case you would like to work with a researcher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum who has not uploaded a profile, please fill in the application form and send it with your academic CV and a publication list to research-explorer@rs.rub.de so that we can get in touch with the respective professor. Do NOT send any kind of application to a professor directly.

Helpful Information

Information for Guests

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 2021. 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.

Please note: Due to the special circumstances regarding the pandemic, this year's program will take place under special conditions. Instead of the two-week summer program on-site, RER 2021 will be a 1+1 week hybrid event and only researchers of Ruhr-Universität Bochum act as hosts.

Next steps:

July–September 2021: RUB Professors Apply
RUB faculty hand in their research profiles, indicating their commitment to host international guests.

September 2021: Call for Applications
Host profiles will be uploaded and call is open.

October 2021: RUB Hosts Select Candidates

October–December 2021: Virtual Exchanges with Hosts
Individual meetings and exchanges between our Explorers, their hosts and research groups about potential postdoc projects and alike. By the start of the workshops, a basic project outline should be available.

December 6–10, 2021: Workshops on Funding and Career Opportunities
Topics will be e.g.: The German research landscape, Particularities of academia, Exploiting funding opportunities, Developing a competitive proposal. A detailed workshop schedule will be available in good time.

2022: Invitation to Ruhr-Universität (on request)
In case both host and Explorer agree on writing a joint research proposal to finance a longer postdoc stay at our university, we invite the candidate to explore the research environment and colleagues for a one-week stay to RUB.

Information for Hosts

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.

Please note: For organizational reasons related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year international candidates can only apply to be matched with a host at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Also, this year's Research Explorer will take place as a 1+1 week hybrid event.

Next steps:

July 2021: RUB Professors Apply
RUB faculty hand in their research profiles, indicating their commitment to host international guests.

August 2021: Call for Applications
Host profiles will be uploaded and call is open.

September 2021: RUB Hosts Select Candidates

September – December 2021: Virtual Exchanges with Hosts
Individual meetings and exchanges between our Explorers, their hosts and research groups about potential postdoc projects and alike. By the start of the workshops, a basic project outline should be available.

December 6–10, 2021: Workshops on Funding and Career Opportunities

2022: Invitation to Ruhr-Universität (on request)
In case both host and Explorer agree on writing a joint research proposal to finance a longer postdoc stay at our university, we invite the candidate to explore the research environment and colleagues for a one-week stay to RUB.

Contact

For all organisational questions please contact:

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.

What previous guests say about Research Explorer Ruhr:

 

"The Research Explorer Ruhr Program was excellent! It gave me the opportunity to connect with mentors at the Institute of Social Movements, as well as conduct research on a new project on female political prisoners in Germany in the library of the Institute and the RUB. The unique structure of the program provided both guidance and freedom to pursue new academic endeavors in Germany. I hope to return as a postdoc and enjoy beautiful Bochum again in the near future!"

Dr. Alexandria Ruble, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

 

"Attending the Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) in July 2018 enabled me to deepen my research collaboration with Prof. Stefan Berger, Director of the Institute for Social Movements. This collaboration eventually resulted in the successful application for a DAAD-Postdoc Research Fellowship. The RER was a crucial step in my successful grant application process for the application writing workshops and the exchange with international scholars from diverse academic and regional backgrounds improved my skills that are necessary for writing successful grant applications."

Dr. Dieter Reinisch, University of Vienna & Webster University, Austria

 

"Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is an excellent program for those who have an intention to continue their postdoctoral research in Germany. I had an opportunity to communicate with researchers from different countries, cultures and of various professions. We explored the university, got to know the German system of higher education. RER provided a good platform to the participants to exchange some methodological and educational experiences: we presented our ongoing research during sessions."

Dr. Garnik Harutyunyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia

 

"Attending the Research Explorer Ruhr program was an amazing opportunity to learn about postdoc funding options in Germany, to build up a scientific network and to start a collaboration in my research project with an outstanding group at the Department of Biochemistry of Ruhr University Bochum. The program is nicely organized, with interesting seminars as well as space for discussions and experience exchange among successful young researchers."

Dr. Juliana Rizzo, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Our previous guests and hosts

2019

Guests Hosts
Juliane Bazzo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul State
Eugene Lee, Korea Foundation
Alejandro Llanes Mazon, INDICASAT AIP / Acharya Nagarjuna University
Hemant Arya, Pondicherry University
Neffer Gomez, Federal University of Parana
Jiangliang Yin, Sichuan University
Leticia Dobler, UFRJ - Federal University from Rio de Janeiro
Ricardo S. Martínez, National University of Luján
Adam Simmons, Lancaster University
Mrigendra Singh Kushwaha, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.
Pankojini Mulia, GITAM University
Vedran Sulovsky, Cambridge
Tom Giesbers
Jacinto Páez, Diego Portales University
Hossein Jafarzadeh, Sharif University of Technology
Hernán Maltz, University of Buenos Aires
Asmita  Ghosh, CSIR New Delhi
Junqi Zhang, University of New South Wales
Hirshikesh Hirshikesh, IIT Madras
Movaffaq Kateb, University of Iceland
Ana Maria Schonhobel, University of Basque Country
Thaiany Pedrozo Campos Antunes, Centro Universitário Saúde ABC
Ailim Schwambach, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Samuel Grauer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag
Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert
Prof. Dr. Ralf Erdmann
Jun. Prof. Dr. Sulamith Frerich
Prof. Dr. Lukas Gooßen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Günther-Pomorski
Prof. Dr. Thomas Happe
Jun. Prof. Dr. Verena Krebs
Prof. Dr. Deniz Kus
Prof. Dr. Corinna Mieth
Prof. Dr. Klaus Oschema
Prof. Dr. Birgit Sandkaulen
Prof. Dr. Gunter Scholtz
Prof. Dr. Ingo Steinbach
Jun. Prof. Dr. Yasmin Temelli
Prof. Dr. Konstanze F. Winklhofer
Prof. Dr. Carolin Birk
Prof. Dr. Uwe Bovensiepen
Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr
Prof. Dr. Philipp Jugert
Prof Dr. Khadijeh Mohri

 

2018–2015

Please visit: https://www.research-school.rub.de/rers.0.html