Research Career Day

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All About Making a Career in Research

Are you doing your doctorate and would like to know what a career in research means? Do you want to figure out if a research career is the right choice for you? The Research Career Day provides strategic knowledge and personal orientation about career perspectives, career paths and requirements for a career in research.

What does the Research Career Day offer?

The Research Carer Day fosters an early understanding of the most important career factors, career strategies and personal decisions for a career in research. The half-day event combines expert input, the exchange of experiences with Postdocs and experienced researchers, and interactive elements. It provides knowledge and experiences to enable an early career orientation for doctoral researchers interested in a research career and helps to understand what can already be important during the doctorate.

Who is invited to participate?

The Research Career Day is aimed at doctoral researchers from all research areas at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen who would like to find out about a career in research at an early stage.

We offer this event in English to integrate all research areas and research languages.

Next Date: The next Research Career Day will take place on 6 July 2022, 14.00–17.00 h, at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.


The Research Career Day provides knowledge and personal orientation for all doctoral researchers who would like to know more about a research career in Germany. You will get strategic input on the most important career aspects. For a “reality check” and insights into decision making and career strategies, you can exchange with experienced researchers from different research fields who share their knowledge and experiences. You will be most welcome to bring your questions, perspectives, and understandings to the interactive discussions of the day.

Venue: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Veranstaltungszentrum RUB (mensa building), level 02, Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum
Date and time: Wed, 6 July 2022, 14:00–17:00 h with flexible breaks


14:00 h Welcome and Introduction

Part I: Gaining Career Orientation
In this part of the program, we will touch basic questions of how to develop a career in research and will explore how to navigate through the career system. We will discuss career paths and options, outline the most important career stages and point out to different career goals. Together with you and the experienced researchers, we will discuss:

  • career goals
  • career steps
  • career paths & options
  • institutional frameworks & conditions

Part II: Developing an academic profile
In this part of the program, we will highlight important career factors and requirements for making a career in research. We will also address career strategies to deal with career decisions and demands and will reflect upon personal motivations to follow a research career. You will be supported to develop your own understanding of:

  • career requirements
  • explicit and implicit career factors
  • career strategies
  • personal motivations & decisions to make a research career

Part III: Meet the experienced researchers to ask your personal questions

17:00 h End and emptying drinks & snacks :-)

Participating Experienced Researchers

We are very happy that the following researchers help us with their knowledge, understandings, and experiences of making a research career. They bring in their different career steps and perspectives and help beyond their research fields. You are most welcome to check their academic profiles online:


Please register here by 3 July:

Participation in this event is free of charge.


Should you have any questions about the Research Career Day, please get in touch with:

Dr. Ursula Justus
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
RUB Research School
FNO 01/142
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28070