Postdoctoral researchers

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, you can benefit from a broad range of support services. The UDE actively strives to make academic careers easier to plan and offers support to researchers at all career levels.

In the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), the three universities Duisburg-Essen, Bochum and Dortmund furthermore offer joint programs for postdoctoral researchers and junior professors. This enables you to optimally use the qualification phase after your doctorate to prepare for a career in research, business, or society.

On this page you will find an overview of qualification offers, information on funding opportunities and further support offers.

Information and Services


Overview of funding programs for postdoctoral researchers (UDE internal funding, foundations, ministries, associations etc.)


UDE programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

UDE-internal measure to lead outstanding early career researchers to their first own third-party funding proposal with an initial funding.


Support offers by the faculties

Overview of funding and ideal support offers by the faculties


Science Support Centre (SSC)

The SSC supports UDE's researchers in the strategic planning and implementation of research activities, among them advice on applications for third-party funding.

SSC website

The "WISNA" programme

The “Tenure-Track-Programm zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses (WISNA)” [Tenure Track Programme for Promoting Early Career Researchers] is intended to help make career paths in academia more predictable and transparent.


Equality of opportunity and family

Information on UDE's measures and offers for a family- and gender-friendly university

More (in German)

Further education and training at UDE

The further education and training program at the UDE offers e.g. courses on leadership management and safety at the workplace.

See complete training program (in German)

UDE Personnel development

Personnel development at UDE means promoting the individual professional and personal competence of employees and at the same time achieving the goals of the university.

More (in German)

Personal consultation

If you have further questions or are looking for the right contact person, please get in touch with us.

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Qualification and Networking

Postdoc Workshops

Developing an individual profile: Take a look at our Research Academy Ruhr workshops for postdoctoral researchers on personal competence development for a successful research career.

Workshop program


Career goal professorship: Within Research Academy Ruhr we offer seminars and ensuing individual coaching sessions for Junior Faculty (= advanced researchers who are leading their own research group, holding a Juniorprofessur, are currently working on or have recently completed their habilitation).



Promoting women in academia: Explore our cross-university two-year mentoring program for female postdoctoral researchers.



Networking and exchange in a relaxed atmosphere: annual get-together with an expert lecture for postdoctoral researchers of the University Alliance Ruhr.


Find further qualification and networking offers for postdoctoral researchers and Junior Faculty within the University Alliance Ruhr at