Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)

It is the networking between people and their know-how that makes up RUB.

Facts and Figures

  • About 43,000 students from over 130 different countries.
  • More than 5,800 members of staff make the RUB the largest employer in Bochum.
  • More than 300 partnerships have been established between RUB institutes and faculties and institutions in other countries.
  • Up to 1,000 international PhD students and visiting researchers are welcome at RUB.
  • We are hosting the full spectrum of academic disciplines with 20 faculties, 9 Research Departments, 19 ECR grants.
  • And many more facts … 

Research Strengths

Our 20 faculties with their many institutes and 450+ chairs cover all fields of research: Humanities, Social Sciences including Law and Business, Engineering Sciences including IT, Natural Sciences, and Life Sciences including Medicine and hospital cooperation.


We are a one-campus university. Profiting from short ways, we stand for research beyond disciplinary boarders. Our nine Research Departments bring interdisciplinary approaches to a new level, complemented by cutting-edge research facilities: Cyber Security, Solvation Sciences, Materials Research, Neurosciences, Protein Research, Religious Studies, Plasmas, Subsurface Modeling and Closed Carbon Cycle Economy. In addition, 12 Collaborative Research Centres and Transregios are integrated in RUB. In seven of them, RUB assumes the speaker function.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum also cooperates with numerous non-university research institutes, such as Fraunhofer, Leibniz Association, Helmholtz, or Max Planck Society.

RUB’s WORLDFACTORY strengthens the transfer of scientific results into industrial enterprises and society. This innovative concept is the interface where studies, research, and industry meet. Enjoy the video in the right column to get a first impression!

Supporting Early Career Researchers

Our university invests significantly in its next generation of researchers. More than 4,000 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers already benefit from the diverse offers of our RUB Research School. The university devotes a substantial budget for internationalization programs for our emerging scholars. This is unparalleled in Germany’s university landscape.

The cross-faculty RUB Research School is the central campus hub for early career researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. RUB Research School offers advice, an advanced qualification beyond borders, various funding opportunities, supports a seamless transition into the job market.

RUB’s Graduate Schools, Research Trainings Groups, EU Training Networks, and Junior Research Groups provide the best possible conditions for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to grow scientifically in their specific research field. Here is a convenient overview.


There are various ways to put our university on your resumé. RUB continuously advertises vacancies for positions across all levels on campus. They are listed at the job portal stellenwerk Bochum. Find out more about the versatile facets of career options at RUB.

RUB Research School offers funding opportunities for short-term visits from two weeks to six months to let you explore research options, exchange ideas, getting to know each other, and, most importantly, initiate and develop funding proposals. All of them are open to all research fields and open to all career levels. Cross-disciplinary approaches are explicitly welcome.


Equal Opportunities

Every individual shapes the university with his or her unique qualities and skills, with his or her qualification and personality. This is why RUB ensures gender equality, promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities, and nurture cultural diversity. Find out more about our approach on equal opportunities.


Research Networks beyond university boarders
RUB and UDE are both members of the University Alliance Ruhr, where we bundle our assets and resources with Technical University Dortmund.


This particularly applies to the next generation of researchers at Research Academy Ruhr.


You want to learn more about Ruhr-Universität Bochum, check out our website.


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