Early Career Researchers at University Alliance Ruhr

© Damian Gorczany, RAR

With two Clusters of Excellence, 37 Collaborative Research Centres and Transregios, 27 Junior Research Groups and more than 40 Research Training Groups and PhD programs, the universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen offer excellent working conditions for early career researchers.

The diverse doctoral programs enable a successful start to a research career through excellent supervision, professional and interdisciplinary qualification as well as close contact to other doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr).

The three UA Ruhr universities provide an environment for top-level research and support in developing a personal profile at all career stages. Numerous Junior Research Groups and research awards reflect the excellent achievements of our postdoctoral researchers.

Here you will find an overview of the doctoral programs, Junior Research Groups and Collaborative Research Centres at UA Ruhr: *

Doctoral Programs:

DFG Research Training Groups

Coordinated at a UA Ruhr university

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Verena Jendrossek, Faculty of Medicine, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2012–2021

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Stefan Brakensiek, Faculty of Humanities, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2013–2022

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Astrid Westendorf, Faculty of Medicine, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2014–2023

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Erich Gulbins, Faculty of Medicine, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2015

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Peter Eichelsbacher, Faculty of Mathematics, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding since 2015

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Balke, Faculty of Philology, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2016

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr, Faculty of Engineering, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2015

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jakob Rehof, Faculty of Computer Science, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2016

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Franz Narberhaus, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2018

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Institute for Philosophy II, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr Karina Morgenstern, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo
Funding since 2018

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Tobias Seidel, Mercator School of Management, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding from October 2019

Participation

Coordinated at HHU Düsseldorf
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Markus Reineke, Faculty of Mathematics
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2018–2022

Graduate Schools, Doctoral Training Programs etc.

Coordinated at a UA Ruhr university

Faculties/Cooperative

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ulf Dittmer, Faculty of Biology and Faculty of Medicine, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Since 2010

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Wolfram Sander, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Since 2003

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Axel Kuhn, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Since 2010

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ralph Tollrian, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Since 2004

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ulf Eysel, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Since 2001

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Tobias Debiel, Faculty of Social Sciences/INEF, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Since 2006

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Katrin Sommer, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Since 2013

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt, Faculty of Economics and RWI, RUB & Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Leiniginger, Faculty of Business and Economics, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Since 2004

 

Externally funded

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ursula Rauen, Medizinische Fakultät, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funded since 2014 by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Inga Gryl, Faculty of Humanities & Prof. Dr. Stefan Rumann, Faculty of Chemistry, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funded since 2019 by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Rolf Parr, Faclty of Humanities, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funded since 2015 by the Hans Böckler Stiftung

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Markus Taube, Faculty of Social Sciences, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funded since 2013 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte, Faculty of Social Sciences, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funded since 2006 by Stiftung Mercator, Welker-Stiftung & WAZ Mediengruppe

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Nina Babel, RUB clinics, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, UDE
Funding 2018–2021 by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR)

Participation

Coordinated at FZ Jülich
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Roland Span, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Since 2011

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Andrea Musacchio, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Since 2001

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Frank Neese, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, UDE
Since 2015

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Lucio Baccaro, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung & Prof. Dr. Gunther Eggeler, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, UDE
Since 2003

NRW Forschungskollegs

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Christa Reicher, Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Torsten Schmidt, Faculty of Chemistry, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, UDE
Funding since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech, Center for Religious Studies, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2016–2020

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo
Funding: 2016–2020

Forschungskollegs Volkswagen Foundation

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler, Faculty of Cultural Studies, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding: 2017–2021

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchenau, Faculty of Humanities, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding: 2017–2021

EU Training Networks (Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, ITN)

Coordinated at a UA Ruhr university

Spokesperson: Dr. Rolf Strietholt, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding: 2018–2022

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2019–2023

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Stefan Stieglitz, Faculty of Engineering, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2019–2022

 

Participation

Coordinated at KU Leuven
Contact UDE: Prof. Dr. Stefan Rumann, Faculty of Chemistry
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2018–2022

Coordinated at KU Leuven
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Alex May, Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, Faculty of Mathematics
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2015–2019

Coordinated at University of Warwick
Contact UDE: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrés Kecskeméthy, Faculty of Engineering
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2017–2020

Coordinated at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith-Newen, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2019–2023

Coordinated at University of Gent
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Anjana Devi, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2018–2021

Coordinated at University of Limerick
Contact TuDo: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sadowski, Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding: October 2019–September 2023

Coordinated at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Contact TUDo: Prof. Dr. Christoph Buchheim, Faculty of Mathematics
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding: 2018–2021

Coordinated at TU Eindhoven
Contact TUDo: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Engell, Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding: 2015–2019

Coordinated at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Ralf Erdmann, Faculty of Medicine
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2018–2022

Coordinated at TU Graz
Contact RUB: Dr. Marc Nowaczyk, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2018–2021

Coordinated at Imperial College South Kensington
Contact TUDo: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Engell, Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding: 2016–2019

Coordinated at TU Kaiserslautern
Contact TUDo: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann, Faculty of Spatial Planning
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding: 2018–2022

Coordinated at the University of Leeds
Contact RUB: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schuhmann, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2019–2022

Coordinated at University of Glasgow
Contact UDE: Prof. Dr. Daniel Erni, Faculty of Engineering
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding: 2018–2021

Junior Research Groups and Prizes:

Funding by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

NRW Junior Research Groups/NRW Postdoc Return Program

Prof. Dr. Alexander Probst, Faculty of Chemistry, UDE
Funding since 2017

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dirk Tischler, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, RUB
Funding since 2015

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Kristina Tschulik, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding since 2015

Prof. Dr. Dominik Boos, Faculty of Biology, UDE
Funding since 2014

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Reiner, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, RUB
Funding since 2015

Prof. Dr. Paul Marx, Faculty of Social Sciences, UDE
Funding since 2017

Dr. Björn Sothmann, Faculty of Physics, UDE
Funding since 2016

Program "Digital Society NRW"

Lead: Dr. German Neubaum, Faculty of Engineering, UDE
Funding since 2017

Lead: Dr. Isabelle Borucki, NRW School of Governance, UDE
Funding since 2017

Lead: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Malte Elson, Faculty of Psychology, RUB
Funding since 2017

BMBF Junior Research Group
Emmy Noether Groups

Dr. Malte Gersch, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, TUDo
Funding since 2018

Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding since 2014

Prof. Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Geßner, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding since 2011

Dr. Joachim Horvath, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research, RUB
Funding since 2018

Dr. Peter Koopmans, Erwin L. Hahn Institute, UDE
Funding since 2016

Dr. rer. nat. Barbara Grüner, Faculty of Medicine, UDE
Funding since 2017

Dr. Christian Klaes, Faculty of Medicine, RUB
Funding since 2016

Jun.-Prof. Dr. André Gröschel, Faculty of Physics, UDE
Funding since 2017

Prof. Dr. Christopher Grefen, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, RUB
Funding since 2012

Dr. Anna Grünebohm, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RUB
Funding since 2019

Prof. Dr. Patrick Nürnberger, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding since 2012

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Benedikt Göcke, Faculty of Catholic Theology, RUB
Funding since 2016

Prof. Dr. Lars Schäfer, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding since 2012

Dr. Michael Römelt, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding since 2018

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Peter Brössel, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research, RUB
Funding since 2017

Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards – Junior Research Groups of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Hitoshi Omori, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research, RUB
Funding since 2018

Prof. Dr. Clara Saraceno, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, RUB
Funding since 2015

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Christian Strasser, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research, RUB
Funding since 2014

Funding Lines of the Volkswagen Foundation

Dilthey Fellowship

Dr. Raphael van Riel, Faculty of Humanities, UDE
Funding since 2012

Freigeist Fellowship

Dr. Jonas Rose, Faculty of Psychology, RUB
Funding since 2014

ERC Starting Grants

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, RUB
Funding: 2015–2020

Dr. Rüdiger Arnzen und Dr. Yury Arzhanov, Faculty of Philology, RUB
Funding: 2016–2021

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth de Boer, Faculty of East Asian Studies, RUB
Funding: 2016–2021

Dr. Johannes Albrecht, Faculty of Physics, TUDo
Funding: 2016–2021

Prof. Dr. Nicolas Plumeré, Center for Electrochemistry, RUB
Funding: 2016–2021

Prof. Dr. Clara Saraceno, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, RUB
Funding: 2019–2024

Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding: 2015–2020

Prof. Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Funding: 2016–2021

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis

2018

2015

2012

2011

Clusters of Excellence and Collaborative Research Centres at UA Ruhr:

Clusters of Excellence

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz, Prof. Dr. Eike Kiltz & Prof. Dr. Christof Paar, Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security, RUB
Proposer: RUB
Funding since 2019

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Martina Havenith, Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, RUB
Proposer: RUB, TUDo
Funding since 2012

Collaborative Research Centres and Transregios

Coordinated at a UA Ruhr university

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Awakowicz, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2010–2022

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing Gunther Eggeler, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer, Faculty of Physics, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo
Funding since 2015

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erman Tekkaya, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kaiser, Faculty of Engineering, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, UDE
Funding since 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens, Faculty of Chemistry, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, UDE
Funding since 2018

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Walter Krämer, Faculty of Statistics, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding: 2009–2021

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Günther Meschke, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2010–2022

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Denise Manahan-Vaughan, Faculty of Medicine, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding: 2010–2022

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik, Faculty of Computer Science, TUDo
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo, UDE
Funding: 2011–2022

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schrader, Faculty of Chemistry, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Uwe Bovensiepen, Faculty of Physics, UDE
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2016

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Onur Güntürkün, Faculty of Psychology, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB, TUDo, UDE
Funding since 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Achim von Keudell, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, RUB
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2018

Co-proposer

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Manuel Blickle, Universität Mainz
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE (Co-proposer)
Funding: 2007–2019

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Matthias Kraume, TU Berlin
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo (Co-proposer)
Funding: 2010–2021

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marion Merklein, Universität Erlangen
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo (Co-proposer)
Funding: 2009–2020

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Ulf-G. Meißner, Universität Bonn
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB (Co-proposer)
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer, RWTH Aachen University
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB (Co-proposer)
Funding since 2013

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Artur Zrenner, Universität Paderborn
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo (Co-proposer)
Funding since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Hansjörg Geiges PhD., Universität Köln
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB (Co-proposer)
Funding since 2017

 

Participation

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Rossitza Pentcheva, Universität Augsburg
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2010

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. med. Heinz Wiendl, Universitätsklinikum Münster
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Alexander Martin, Universität Erlangen
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nieswandt, Universität Würzburg
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2018

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2007

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinem, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2009

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Elke Deuerling, Universität Konstanz
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Dieter Häussinger, HHU Düsseldorf
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gerold Schneider, TU Hamburg
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Marc Vanderhaeghen, Universität Mainz
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2012

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jens W. Fischer, HHU Düsseldorf
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2015

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Johannes Buchmann, TU Darmstadt
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2014

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Matthias Becher, Universität Bonn
Participating UA Ruhr universities: RUB
Funding since 2016

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchhoff, Universität Ulm
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2017

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Participating UA Ruhr universities: TUDo
Funding since 2018

Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Herbert Obinger, Universität Bremen
Participating UA Ruhr universities: UDE
Funding since 2018

Gobal Young Faculty

The Global Young Faculty is an initiative of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the University Alliance Ruhr and is coordinated by the Mercator Research Centre Ruhr in Essen.

The program brings together outstanding and dedicated early career researchers researchers from universities and non-university research institutions based in the Ruhr area. It supports them in their efforts to forge new professional contacts and share ideas beyond institutional and disciplinary borders.

Explore Materials Chain (EXMAC)

EXPLORE Materials Chain (EXMAC) enabled 30 Materials Chain Junior Professors and Junior Research Group Leaders to invite international postdocs to the three UA Ruhr Universities. Within a two-week stay, from 27 October to 14 November 2018, invitees had the opportunity to work on joint research projects, proposals or partake in excursions. The concept was developed by the flagship program Materials Chain and the Research Academy Ruhr. In 2018, EXMAC received an award in the DFG competition "International Research Marketing".

 

As per: July 2019. This page will be updated regularely and is subject to errors and changes. Please inform us by e-mail if contents are outdated or missing.

* Abbreviations:
RUB = Ruhr-Universität Bochum
TUDo = TU Dortmund University
UDE = University of Duisburg-Essen