Scientists and academics: Carry out your research and teaching in one of the biggest research networks in Europe

In the Ruhr region, as a scientist, academic or post-doctoral researcher you will have the opportunity to teach and research in one of the densest research landscapes in Europe. Numerous acclaimed research establishments are located in the Metropole Ruhr. And science and research do not remain concealed behind the walls of the universities and institutes. In the Ruhr region science, academia and business often go hand in hand. Valuable research findings are not destined to gather dust in a drawer, but to be transformed into marketable products.

The highest density of further education establishments in Europe

The Ruhr region has the densest higher education network in Europe. Five universities are located in the region: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Technische Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen, the distance university Fernuniversität Hagen and the private Universität Witten/Herdecke. In addition, Folkwang University of the Arts is an internationally-acclaimed art college with its base in the Ruhr region. These are joined by 15 universities of applied sciences, offering specialisation in subjects such as Economics, Administration or Management.

Recruiting excellent scientists can be supported by Dual Career Services. In the Ruhr Region the Dual Career Network Ruhr, an Network of 19 partner institutions from Universities and universities of applied sciences, economy and adminsitration work together to Support Partners that coming with the scientist.

Dual Career Network Ruhr

Research Academy Ruhr offers quaification, support and consulting for young researchers from their late master’s studies to the early professorships

Research Academy Ruhr


Focal points of research in the Ruhr region

One particular focus of research in the Metropole Ruhr is the further development of environmental technologies, such as the removal of legacy pollution, waste-avoiding process and product design in industry and the use of regenerative energies. A further focal point is the field of medical technology research. In this field the region boasts outstanding know-how in sensor-based neuronal adaptive prostheses (SNAP). In addition, the research institutes of the Ruhr region also host research into the development of new materials and the procedures required for their processing, information technology and microelectronics.

Read here for the prerequisites for a period of research in the Ruhr region:

  • You should plan a period of research in the Ruhr region carefully. All key information - from funding opportunities to visa and language skills - can be found in a guide issued by the German government:

Research in Germany

  • Further general information on a period of research in Germany can be found in the information portal of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research:

Information for experienced researchers

Information for post-doc researchers

  • Information about entry and stay for non-EU scientists:

'Rights of residence for researchers from non-EU countries in Germany'
Information of the German Rectors' Conference

Research stay in Germany
Information of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees

Detailled Information about visa regulations for scientists

  • In addition to the universities and universities of applied sciences, many acclaimed institutes and research establishments are also present in the Ruhr region, such as Max Planck Institutes, Fraunhofer Institutes and the Leibniz Association. An overview and further information can be found on our web portal


Non-university research in NRW

  • Further information on science and research in the Metropole Ruhr can be found here:

Science Region Ruhr

An overview of networks, organisations and foundations for the promotion of research and science can be found here:

  • Zentrum für Innovation und Technik in Nordrhein-Westfalen (ZENIT): Network of around 180 primarily small and medium-sized enterprises that brings together potential partners from the fields of business and science/academia for the promotion of innovation and internationalisation.

Zentrum für Innovation und Technik (ZENIT)

  • windo e. V. is the network of university and non-university science and research institutions in Dortmund. The network is particularly dedicated to the internal networking and cooperation of its members and promotes the transfer to the economy and society. In addition, windo e. V. focuses on raising Dortmund's profile as a family-friendly science location.

Windo e.V. Dortmund

Doctorate in Germany
Information of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

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