How to Successfully Apply to a German University -Priorities, Decision Makers, Structures-

The workshop will provide structured input on the requirements and expectations of German universities when applying for a position as an experienced postdoc, junior research group leader, junior professor with or without tenure track option.

There will be an overview of the different career stages in the German academic system and how the competence profiles in the early and later postdoc phase are defined from a German perspective. We will show what is important in the application process and outline the different processes for the various positions. We will also explain what the institutional structures at German universities look like, what opportunities there are for making contact in advance and who the decision-makers are. The participating panelists with their own experiences as (former) rectors, but also from the perspective of a researcher from a faculty will comment on this structured input fill it with life and answer relevant questions. We see the target group primarily as international postdocs who are interested in coming to Germany and still have little knowledge of the German academic system.

  • Prof. Dr. Günter Ziegler, Präsident Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Geraldine Rauch, Präsidentin Technische Universität Berlin
  • Dr. Joan Vilain, Vice Dean International Humboldt Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhardt Schembecker, Vice Rector Finances, Technische Universität Dortmund (angefragt)
  • Prof. Dr Barbara Albert, President, Universität Duisburg-Essen


  • Dr. Christiane Wüllner, Executive Director, RUB Reserch School, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Dr. Jörn Benzinger, Global Talent Acquisition, RUB Reserch School, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Dr. Jan an Haack, Regional Advisor – Americas, Department of International Affairs, Technische Universität Berlin

Room: Foothill E