Jobs and Programs

The University of Rostock uses the Framework for Research Careers of the European Commission to classify the career phases during academic career.

First Stage Researcher (R1) - PhD

The doctoral phase is the first career phase. The doctorate serves to acquire specialist competence and the ability to carry out scientific work and leads to the creation of an independent, scientific work - the dissertation. In addition, personal and social skills that are important for university and non-university career paths are to be further developed.

There are two ways to do a doctorate at the University of Rostock: a doctorate in a program and an individual doctorate without a program. In both cases, the doctorate can also be carried out in cooperation with a partner institution.

Structured doctoral programs have a fixed duration, which is usually three years. The doctoral students are individually supervised within the respective program and conduct research together with colleagues. This enables a regular exchange. The programs include a curriculum that accompanies the doctorate. The application for a doctorate is aimed directly at the respective programs.

Doing a doctorate without a program: The individual doctorate - the traditional form of doctorate in Germany - is possible at all faculties of the University of Rostock. It is the most common way to get a doctorate in Germany. Compared to the structured doctorate, this type of doctorate gives you more freedom in terms of the choice of topic and the time frame.

In order to be able to do a doctorate at the University of Rostock, you need the approval of a supervisor. To do this, research detailed information about the faculties and their institutes. Find out about the doctoral areas of the individual faculties and the research focus of the professors working there to find out who suits you best or whose research field corresponds to your own research project.

The doctoral areas of the individual faculties are usually specified in the doctoral regulations of the faculties.


Once you have found a suitable professor, you can apply directly to him or her.

  • Send a cover letter, a CV and a list of your publications and frame your research project as specifically as possible.
  • Mention how you would like to finance your doctorate or inform your potential supervisor that you are looking for a financing option.

You can use the following websites to search for advertised positions:

Recognised + Established Researcher (R2 + R3) - Postdoctorate

Following the doctorate, the PostDoc phase represents the second orientation and qualification phase in the academic career.
For the University of Rostock everone belongs to this phase starting from postdocs up to up to assumption of a professorship. According to this, postdocs are researchers who, after completing their doctorate, work on a scientific project, manage their own scientific project, work on their habilitation or hold a position as a junior professor.

  • The length of employment is usually between six months and six years.
  • In these positions you work with a scholarship or an employment contract.
  • Some graduate schools also offer positions for postdocs.
  • The Graduate Academy of the University of Rostock offers qualification courses in German and English.

On this page you will find detailed information about the PostDoc phase at the University of Rostock.

On this page you will find general information for international postdocs in Germany.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about job search and application.