RWTH Postdoc AcademyCopyright: © Fabian Erler
The RWTH Postdoc Academy is the central point of contact for researchers in the postdoctoral qualification phase.
We can assist you in achieving scientific excellence and independence, in making important career decisions, in networking with other postdocs, and in gaining targeted interdisciplinary qualifications.
Career Development From a Holistic Perspective
At RWTH Aachen University, we pursue the goal of facilitating research and teaching at the highest level and thereby finding sustainable solutions to societal challenges. Scientists and scholars are therefore intensively supported in their scientific career development. At the same time, alternative career paths within and outside of academia are open to you. We would like to accompany you in discovering your true talents and developing your full potential in line with your personal development aspirations.
We have an extensive and diverse range of seminars and workshops – an ideal opportunity for you to further your qualifications as a postdoc. If, after an advanced postdoc phase, you plan to move into the professional fields of business and society, we recommend that you participate in the NRW certificate program – Skills for Careers in Business and Society.
Career Advisory Service
We would be pleased to assist you in your career development and individual career planning with a personal consultation.
Take advantage of our offer and contact us to book an individual consultation meeting.
Networking and interaction are particularly significant to help you decide on your individual career path. With that in mind, you can benefit from a wide range of networking events at the Postdoc Academy.
The next Engage – Networking Event for Postdocs will take place in person on October 31, 2023. Would you like to be added to the Engage teams chat for postdocs and get involved? Just send us an email and we will be happy to add you.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to network with postdocs and doctoral candidates at the next Young Academics Day.
Good to Know
Successfully Shaping Everyday Management
You will receive support in the professionalization of your leadership and management tasks at the:
Excellent Teaching and Learning at RWTH Aachen University
Design excellent teaching and acquire didactic competence at the:
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In addition to the Dual Career Coachings of the Dual Career Service of RWTH Aachen University, as a postdoc and/or mid-level academic member of staff have the opportunity to reflect on topics of your personal professional development with external coaches. Among other things, questions regarding leadership, management and communication, complexity management and the compatibility of professional steps with private and family aspects can be discussed. Our coaching offer includes the placement of coaches, the financing of six hours of individual coaching as well as the contractual processing.
If you are interested in individual coaching or have any questions, please contact Ruth Wirz.
International Researchers - Incoming and Outgoing
International researchers can find more information on mobility in the postdoc phase through the Welcome Center for postdocs, postdoctoral researchers and junior research group leaders as well as through Erasmus+ mobility for teaching purposes and for further education and training. In addition, research stays of researchers from our partner institutions can be funded through the Advanced Research Opportunities Program (AROP).
Information on Funding Programs and Scholarships
You can find everything about funding the postdoc qualification phase in the scholarship overview for postdocs and in the Research Funding and Third-Party Funding Management section. Interdisciplinary research projects can be funded through various measures within the Exploratory Research Space (ERS).
Services for Entrepreneurs
Confidential Conflict Counseling
The psychosocial counseling center for employees as well as persons of trust (ombudspersons) for ensuring good scientific practice are available at any time to provide advice.
Promotion of Health and Well-Being - Health Management
RWTH Aachen University's health management portal focuses on your health and supports you with a wide range of services.
Equal Opportunities and Family-Friendly University
In addition to the Equal Opportunity Office, the IGaD also provides advice and support to help you balance family life with your studies, research or career.
- Equal Opportunities Office
- Family-Friendly University and Work Life Balance
- Center for Young Academics
- Division 12.1 - Early-Career Researcher Development and Talent Management
- Services for Researchers
- Third Party Funding
- Career Paths of Junior Researchers
- RWTH Actively Engaged in Promoting Health – The RWTH Aachen Health Portal