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Application standards

Our application procedures comply with international standards. Looking to recruit outstanding researchers, Ruhr University Bochum advertises all professorship vacancies globally. In instances where professorships of a particular importance are being awarded, an international commission is set up and entrusted with selecting the best candidate for the role. With a combination of all these factors, Ruhr University strengthens academic collaboration across national borders. At the same time, students, research endeavours, as well as the education at Ruhr University benefits from professors who enjoy global renown.

Key objectives

Our appointment standards outline the selection criteria as well as clearly defined expectations on future professors. Ruhr University Bochum regards each person holistically and understand individual criteria as elements of his or her personal and professional biography. In the course of appointment procedures, Ruhr University looks not only at the past, but also into the future: that means Ruhr University takes applicants’ individual development potential into consideration, as it constitutes a dynamic component of their abilities and qualifications.

Selection criteria

  • Excellent research record
  • Excellent post-secondary teaching competence
  • Ability to get outside funding
  • Leadership skills
  • Interdisciplinary potential / ability to connect with the other research areas at Ruhr University Bochum
  • International recognition
  • Communication skills
  • Cooperation skills
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Strategic skills
  • Administrative skills
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