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Cooperations with partners from science

Forschungszentrum Jülich has established close links to its regional partners. In particular, Jülich makes use of its proximity to internationally outstanding universities such as RWTH Aachen University, which is a partner in the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), and the University of Bonn. Other close partners include the universities of Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Bochum, and Duisburg-Essen as well as universities in neighbouring countries Belgium and the Netherlands.

Doctoral researchers benefit from one of the central instruments of cooperation: the appointment of directors at Jülich as professors by its university partners. Our directors are both heads of institute as well as professors at a university. For example, Professor Martin Riese is professor for atmospheric physics at the University of Wuppertal as well as Director at Jülich’s Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK). Prof. Markus Diesmann is professor at University Hospital Aachen as well as Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine – Computational and Systems Neuroscience (INM-6) and of the Institute for Advanced Simulation – Theoretical Neuroscience (IAS-6).

This model offers both partners a long-term perspective for cooperation on the research topics and serves to help young academics working on their doctoral theses. As a doctoral researcher, you work on your thesis at Jülich. However, your doctoral degree will be conferred by a university and its faculty, as is customary in Germany. Therefore, a separate process for conferring the degree and a bilateral relationship between the doctoral researcher and the supervisor at the university is necessary.

Does your university have existing ties with Jülich?

If you are a student or graduate of a university in Germany, you can also contact your lecturers or the service centre at your university to find out about existing links to Forschungszentrum Jülich. Here are some examples of connections with other universities:

Together with RWTH Aachen University, Forschungszentrum Jülich established the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) in 2007. The alliance is divided into six sections: energy research, brain research, information technology, simulation sciences, basic physical research, and soft matter research. In addition, two JARA institutes focus on Green IT and brain research.

In the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC), RWTH Aachen University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, the University of Bonn, and Forschungszentrum Jülich pool their research activities in the field of bioeconomy. In this centre of excellence, the partners develop integrative approaches to sustainably produce and further process biomass as part of a biomass-based value-adding chain.

Joint appointments of professorsJoint appointments of professors as of 31 December 2016

Benefit from overarching Jülich platform and graduate schools

An overarching platform for doctoral researchers and scientific advisors is currently being developed at Jülich. The aim is to ensure uniform high standards of supervision and to provide a point of contact for all Jülich’s doctoral researchers regardless of their field of research, the institute they work with, or the nature of their contract. The platform enables you to easily access the full range of services, information, and qualification opportunities for both doctoral researchers and supervisors.

As a doctoral researcher, you also benefit from a number of graduate schools on our campus, which provide a platform for structured exchange:

The Helmholtz Graduate School in Energy and Climate Research (HITEC) offers doctoral researchers the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary issues related to energy and climate research. Partner universities of Forschungszentrum Jülich in this venture are RWTH Aachen University, Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Cologne, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and the University of Wuppertal.

The International Helmholtz Research School of Biophysics and Soft Matter (IHRS BioSoft) connects the research disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics to conduct research related to biophysical issues and soft matter. As a doctoral researcher, you work in teams together with researchers, the university partners in Cologne and Düsseldorf, and the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar) in Bonn.

Bioeconomy Science Center (BIOSC)

Geoverbund ABC/J is the geoscientific network of the Aachen-Bonn-Cologne/Jülich research area representing more than 480 scientists and 7,600 students

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