Academic Career Paths

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What comes after a doctorate?

At the latest at the end of your doctorate, you will be faced with the important question of how your career should continue after your PhD studies. The doctoral degree opens up a wide range of career paths for early career researchers in universities, research institutions, industry and society.

In addition to university professorships, for which the appointment chances in Germany are quite low, there are many alternative career goals that can be prepared during the doctorate or in a subsequent phase at the university by making targeted use of the offers available at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


The figure provides an overview of possible career goals (without claiming to be exhaustive). Competent contact persons for career counselling are your supervising professors. You are also welcome to contact the GC Plus team with your questions.

Within Research Academy Ruhr, we and our partner universities Bochum and Dortmund regularly offer information and networking events on postdoctoral career paths. The current offers and a program preview can be found at

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Non-University Research Institutions

Non-university research institutions are an attractive employer for postdoctoral researchers. They offer excellent research conditions, international teams and various funding opportunities.

Postdoctoral positions in non-university research institutions are usually limited to two to three years. For a successful application, you must be able to demonstrate excellent scientific performance.

Here you will find current vacancies at the renowned non-university research institutions:

- Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

- Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

- Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

- Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

Career Portals

Academic Positions is an international career network for academics, researchers and scientists.

The portal offers jobs in science, research and development, as well as information on career topics.

The career portal provides open positions in science, research and the private sector. provides scientific news and events, as well as practical information on employment, funding and daily life in Germany and science jobs

Career Opportunities for International Researchers in Germany

Are you interested in pursuing a research career in Germany? The portal "Research in Germany" offers helpful information about career and funding opportunities for international researchers: