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Settling in and networking

Information about the first day at Forschungszentrum Jülich:

On your first day at work you will receive access to the intranet, which contains information aimed at all employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich. There, you will find further useful information, for instance in our A–Z list or in the handout for new employees. On our website, you will also find information to help you settle in to your new working environment. The website provides information on staff ID cards, Visitor Service, company bicycles, parking, road traffic on campus, the shop and the canteen, and the intranet. International employees will find information on accommodation, German language courses, insurance, TV licence fees, taxation, and bank accounts.

Your department will welcome you personally and you are also welcome to attend the Introductory Meeting for New Employees advertised on our website.

Welcome guide for Jülich

Assistance for international employees

If you require assistance registering your residence in the area of Jülich–Düren, you can contact the International Advisory Services of Personnel Management (P-B) before your first day at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Furthermore, the Düren Foreigners’ Registration Office is available on the Jülich campus once a week for consultation. Our staff can also provide you with advice and support in various matters concerning social legislation in Germany such as applying for health insurance, paying contributions to the German social security system, and applying for benefits for families or for pension refunds.

If you require a work permit or a certificate of good conduct, you are welcome to contact us. We also provide up-to-date information about German tax laws, using a foreign driving licence in Germany, opening a bank account, and many other topics.

Networking opportunities

You have various ways to get in touch with colleagues on the campus. Here are some examples which are interesting especially for doctoral researchers:


The DocTeam represents the interest of the Jülich PhD candidates. They are involved in different committees within the research center Jülich to improve the general conditions for PhD candidates. This is what they offer:

  • Lectures with internal and external speakers
  • An exchange of ideas and opinions
  • Networking opportunities: parties, football tournaments and regular get-togethers in Jülich, Cologne, and Aachen
  • Advisory services

In addition, the DocTeam organizes the Doc Assembly consisting of representatives of each institute twice a year. This is one of the opportunities to discuss your topics with doctoral colleagues. Another meeting point for PhD students of all institutes is the students’ lounge “gegenüber”.

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On this blog, the DocTeam publishes important information and announces upcoming events. Since the DocTeam is involved in several committees and participates in multiple projects, this blog provides summaries of important developments. Anyone interested can follow the work and progress of the DocTeam.



In the speed networking format DocDay, you can talk to advisory services and interest groups that are important for doctoral researchers. The get-together afterwards is a platform for more in-depth questions and a chance to get to know each other.

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Jülich Career Day

Forschungszentrum Jülich offers a Jülich Career Day for doctoral researchers and postdocs. During the event, you can learn about job opportunities and the next career steps after your graduation.

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JuDocs Ceremony

Once a year, all doctoral researchers who have completed their doctorate are officially honoured and bid farewell at the ceremony "JuDocs – Karriere made in Jülich". The researchers can present the topic of their thesis in a poster session and outstanding researchers are awarded the Jülich Excellence Prize. All current doctoral researchers are welcome to attend, as are previous graduates. The evening is an ideal opportunity to talk to new people, revive old friendships, and become an active part of the alumni network (JuLumni).

Jülicher Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden bei der Verabschiedungsfeier 2017Recognition of young scientists' achievements „JuDocs Ceremony 2017“
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JuDocs Ceremony

Falling Walls Lab Germany

The Falling Walls Conference is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business, politics, the arts, and society. During this competition, you can learn how to explain your research topic in plain terms. You can also demonstrate how passionate you are about your topic and that the results are of value to society.

The conference was initiated on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Academics, young entrepreneurs, and professionals aged 18 and above have three minutes to present innovative ideas that could have a positive impact on society. A jury chooses the best idea and the top three finalists get to present their ideas at the Falling Walls Lab finale in Berlin.

Falling Walls Lab GermanyFalling Walls Lab Jülich 2017
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Falling Walls Lab Germany

Helmholtz Juniors

As Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association, it sends representatives to Helmholtz Juniors (HeJu). HeJu connects about 8,000 doctoral researchers from 18 different Helmholtz Centres across Germany. Each centre elects representatives and sends them to annual meetings and working groups. Doctoral researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich are represented by elected members of the DocTeam. One of the aims of HeJu is to improve doctoral researchers’ working conditions.

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