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Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Undergraduates and postgraduates who spend time at Forschungszentrum Jülich stand to benefit in numerous ways in their future careers. Students can write their bachelor’s or master’s dissertation at a Jülich institute and thus contribute to one of Jülich’s research topics in a concrete way. Other options for getting an insight into everyday work in a Jülich institute or division include work placements or temporary employment. Forschungszentrum Jülich also runs institute-specific summer schools, which offer a valuable opportunity to meet and develop contacts with international students from a similar discipline.

Dissertations at Forschungszentrum Jülich

The bachelor’s or master’s dissertation is an integral part of a student’s academic achievement record in most university courses, and often plays a crucial role in further professional development and career planning within the scientific sphere. Forschungszentrum Jülich offers vacancies for bachelor’s and master’s dissertations in a variety of fields, for which students are welcome to apply. This affords them an opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to Jülich research. However, students are also welcome to submit a speculative application to an institute or division in whose work they are particularly interested. In principle, all areas within Forschungszentrum Jülich are suitable for dissertation work, whether within the scientific institutes, the technical infrastructure, or the administration. Students may be based either on the Jülich campus or – depending on the field of work – at other sites of Forschungszentrum Jülich.

During this time, students are enrolled at a university while also receiving supervision at a Jülich institute. As all Jülich professors are simultaneously appointed by a university, Forschungszentrum Jülich has close ties with neighbouring universities, particularly those located in North Rhine-Westphalia. In contractual terms, students who write their dissertations at Jülich are employed as student assistants. Remuneration depends on whether the individual already has a degree and on their weekly working hours.

Current Vacancies for bachelor's and master's dissertations
Overview of the institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich
Further information on bachelor's and master's dissertations (in German)

Student placements

Students can learn about Jülich’s research topics and everyday work on campus by carrying out work experience or a work placement semester here – whether as a voluntary step to help them choose a career or as a compulsory part of their course. Forschungszentrum Jülich sometimes offers vacancies for specific placements, and interested students are also welcome to submit a speculative application to a specific institute or division.

Further information on framework conditions for placements
Current vacancies for bachelor’s and master’s dissertations (also includes vacancies for work placements)

Employment as a working student or temporary employee

Another option for getting to know Forschungszentrum Jülich is as a working student or temporary employee. These positions can be in either the scientific institutes, the technical infrastructure, or the administration. Vacant positions are posted on the Current Vacancies page of our website. Speculative applications are not accepted for these positions.

Further information on framework conditions for working students and temporary employees (in German)
Current vacancies for bachelor’s and master’s dissertations (also includes vacancies for work placements)

Summer schools and laboratory courses

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Jülich’s scientific institutes organize specialist summer schools and laboratory courses, often in collaboration with universities. These give students the chance to gain an insight into work in a multidisciplinary research institution and to improve their theoretical and experimental knowledge through intensive courses. As many summer schools are popular internationally, participants also have the opportunity to exchange ideas and develop contacts with early-career scientists from other countries.

Summer schools and laboratory courses

Meet us here

Those interested in learning about Forschungszentrum Jülich can take part in a visitors’ tour organized by Corporate Communications on a specific topic, either individually or as part of a group. Special tours are also offered for student groups. In addition, Forschungszentrum Jülich attends a wide range of career fairs and events.

Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Visitor Service
Fairs and information events

Information for international students

Various funding programmes enable international students to gain an insight into available research opportunities and obtain first-hand experience at an early stage in their career. Depending on their country of origin and university, students may need to obtain approval from the Federal Employment Agency before starting employment at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The International Advisory Services team provides advice and support to international students on all legal matters concerning non-residents and social legislation.

Placements for students from international universities (in German)
Information on work permits for students from non-EU states (in German)
International Advisory Services at Forschungszentrum Jülich