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More than 1,000 doctoral researchers from about 50 countries are conducting research for their doctoral theses at Jülich. In addition to intensive scientific supervision in the institutes, Forschungszentrum Jülich offers all doctoral researchers an interdisciplinary training programme delivered in English through JuDocS (Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors). Along with compulsory courses such as “Good Scientific Practice” and “Scientific Presentation”, others like “Communicating in international Teams” and „Leading MSc Students” are optional.

The institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich work closely with the universities conferring the various doctoral degrees. In order to provide the best possible support to doctoral researchers, an interdisciplinary committee consisting of experienced supervisors also monitors their work. If any conflicts arise in the course of the doctoral degree, there is an independent and strictly confidential crisis counselling team ready to help both doctoral researchers and supervisors.

By offering reliable framework conditions, Jülich’s aim is to allow doctoral researchers to concentrate fully on their doctoral degrees.

Comprehensive information for doctoral researchers and students interested in completing a doctoral degree can be found on the pages of JuDocs, our Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and supervisors.

How can I apply to Forschungszentrum Jülich?

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If you would like to undertake your doctoral degree at Forschungszentrum Jülich or one of its other sites, you can either respond to one of the positions advertised or contact an institute working in a suitable field. You can also meet us at the various national and international careers fairs and events where Forschungszentrum Jülich is regularly represented.

Current vacancies for doctoral researchers
Overview of Jülich’s institutes
Meet us here: Upcoming events

Contracts and financing

Most doctoral researchers who come to Jülich sign a three-year doctoral contract with Forschungszentrum Jülich. This contract regulates matters such as working hours, remuneration, and annual leave entitlement.

Scholarship holders and doctoral researchers employed by a university or industry partner can also conduct part of their research at Forschungszentrum Jülich. To enquire about available opportunities, you can make direct contact with an institute appropriate to your subject area.

More information on contractual conditions (in German)

Research training groups

Depending on their field of work, doctoral researchers have the opportunity to enrol in graduate schools and research training groups run jointly by Forschungszentrum Jülich and neighbouring universities. The internal requirements and the JuDocs course programme are coordinated with the research training groups and graduate schools resident on Jülich’s campus.

Graduiertenschule HITEC

Biosoft Research School

Geoverbund ABC/J

Helmholtz School for Data Science in Life, Earth and Energy HDS-LEE

International funding programmes

Forschungszentrum Jülich is a research institution with a strong international network. Jülich`s doctoral researchers also benefit from strategic partnerships with excellent partners from all over the world. International research grants or visiting opportunities offer foreign doctoral researchers the opportunity of a research stay at Forschungszentrum Jülich as well as German doctoral researchers to stay at a foreign partner institution as part of a research project. Here,Forschungszentrum Jülich offers an overview and advice on selected exchange and scholarship opportunities within Germany and abroad.