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Career planning in academia and business

What are the next steps after the Postdoc phase? What career options do I have as a postdoctoral researcher? Which funding program would be suitable for my next research project? The Karriereforum for postdocs is all about your individual career planning.

What does Karriereforum offer?

Taking the next steps in your postdoctoral career, the Karriereforum provides you with hands-on experience: For one day, renowned experts will offer input on university and non-university research careers or aspects of research funding, and answer your questions. You can also get advice on personal career strategies in confidential consultations.

The Karriereforum takes place twice a year and deals alternately with the following topics:

  • Research careers:
    Here, for example, you will receive information and advice on appointment procedures at universities and universities of applied sciences, moving into non-academic research, and other alternative career fields for researchers.
  • Research funding:
    The focus will be, among others, on the German funding landscape, selected funding programs and the acquisition of third-party funding.

The included networking lunch gives you the opportunity to exchange experiences with other postdocs and to expand your interdisciplinary network within the University Alliance Ruhr.

Who can participate?

Postdoctoral researchers of all fields of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and University Duisburg-Essen.


Next date: The Karriereforum "Postdoc funding programs for (international) research" will take place online on 23–24 March 2023.


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Information, practical insights and consultation

On 23 and 24 March 2023, the Karriereforum will again devote two half days to the topic of “Postdoc funding programs for (international) research”. On March 23, we will start with an in-depth overview of the funding landscape and will look at the importance of third-party funding for the academic career path. Then we want to focus on the process of submitting applications.

On March 24, we will have a look at various foundations that could be of interest for the funding of your research. Q&A sessions with the foundation representatives as well as success stories from successful applicants will round off the program.

The Karriereforum will take place online via Zoom. You can find the complete program here from the end of January.


Information on registration for the 24th Karriereforum will be available from the end of January.


If you have any questions about Karriereforum,
please contact:

Nadine Finke-Micheel
Technische Universität Dortmund
Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit, Familie und Vielfalt
Building G1 (Campus Nord), Room E20
Emil-Figge-Str. 66
44227 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0)231 755-7124

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