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Funding for doctoral researchers

Doctoral researchers are the backbone of research. With their original ideas and dedication, they contribute decisively to progress in science. The employment of doctoral researchers at Jülich is governed by a doctoral contract, which usually has a term of three years. Doctoral researchers are trained and supervised at Forschungszentrum Jülich in close collaboration with the universities. Doctoral degrees are always conferred by a university.

Purpose, requirements, and duration

The purpose of a doctoral contract is to provide doctoral researchers with reliable framework conditions, allowing them to concentrate fully on their doctoral thesis. This paves the way for creative, independent research achievements of an excellent standard. Mehr: Purpose, requirements, and duration …

Contractual framework

Doctoral researchers sign a three-year doctoral contract with Forschungszentrum Jülich. Mehr: Contractual framework …

Paid annual leave after a change in working hours or employment

Employees of Forschungszentrum Jülich who make the transition from employment not governed by wage agreements (e.g. doctoral researchers, student assistants) to employment governed by the collective agreement (TVöD) retain their existing amount of remaining annual leave. In terms of salary payments, the remaining annual leave is weighted in accordance with the “value” of the previous employment status. As a consequence, pay is either increased or reduced for the month in which the remaining annual leave is taken. Mehr: Paid annual leave after a change in working hours or employment …

Systematic supervision during the doctoral degree

In addition to supervision by a specialist at the institutes, doctoral researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich also benefit from reliable framework conditions and quality assurance procedures. Mehr: Systematic supervision during the doctoral degree …

Reconciliation of work and family life

Forschungszentrum Jülich supports parents and parents-to-be with various measures ranging from childcare to individual consultation.

Doctoral researchers have the option of taking parental leave in order to care for their children. Mehr: Reconciliation of work and family life …


If you have any questions about doctoral contracts at Forschungszentrum Jülich, please contact the colleagues at Personnel Management (P-BT).