Early career researchers

Promoting young researchers is of key importance at RUB. They should be able to develop early in their careers and work independently. The university provides the best possible support here. On the following pages, we offer an overview of the most important initiatives and projects relating to early career researchers.

The campus-wide graduate school professionally accompanies doctoral students from all fields through their dissertation project and prepares them for their upcoming career start.

Several Research Training Groups provide the best possible conditions for PhD students as they pursue their PhD degree.

Numerous graduate schools at RUB are funded by different institutions.

With its Forschungskollegs, the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science introduces early career researchers to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration.

By enabling researchers to gather experiences outside the world of academia, the EU-funded Innovative Training Networks communicate innovative ideas and skills that are valuable in the labour market.

RUB promotes early academic independence. Its numerous junior research groups provide the best possible conditions therefor.

Professorship career paths

A tenure-track professorship is an attractive station on the career path of early career researchers: it facilitates independent research and teaching at an early stage. After a successful evaluation process, they can be sure to be tenured.

The open-field professorship offers freedom of choice. RUB provides two of these unrestricted professorships to each faculty, in addition to regular professorships. The faculties have thus the chance to offer a tenure option to renowned researchers and outstanding early career researchers who have secured high-quality third-party funding.

Professional development

RUB offers various programmes (German website) for professional development for post-doctoral researchers, junior professors, and for young research group leaders. What’s more, there is an internal RUB mentoring programme for early career researchers.

Research Academy Ruhr

The Research Academy Ruhr (RAR) is a joint initiative of the universities in Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen to support 10,000 early career researchers within the University Alliance Ruhr. The RAR brings together existing offers and develops new concepts aimed at advanced Master’s students, doctoral students, and post-doctoral researchers from all disciplines. This makes the RAR the largest platform of its kind in Germany.

The diverse offers include, for example, interdisciplinary qualification programmes, research-related trainings, exchange and networking events, support for international activities, as well as guidance on the various career paths in research, business, and society.

With these and other services, the Research Academy Ruhr supports its members in building and expanding cross-university networks.

Equal opportunities

RUB is particularly concerned about implementing equal opportunities in science. For people working in science, RUB offers customised mentoring programmes, professional development courses, and platforms to exchange knowledge.

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