Forschungszentrum Jülich

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Excellent research collaboration opportunities

Forschungszentrum Jülich makes a vital contribution to solving major challenges facing society in the fields of information, energy, and bioeconomy. It focuses on the future of information technologies and information processing, complex processes in the human brain, the transformation of the energy system, and a sustainable bioeconomy. Forschungszentrum Jülich develops simulation and data sciences as a key research method and makes use of large, often unique, scientific infrastructures. Its work spans a range of topics and disciplines and it exploits synergies between the research areas. With some 5,800 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of Europe's large research centres.

Use-inspired Basic Research

Forschungszentrum Jülich focuses on use-inspired basic research. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach and investigates relations between research areas energy, information, and sustainable bioeconomy.


The scientific objective of energy research is an energy system based on renewable energy which will help make the transformation of the German energy sector ("Energiewende") a success as well as limiting climate change. The contributions to research and development made by the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK) include energy conversion methods and energy storage technologies as well as the mechanisms of climate change. More


Scientists in the research area of information investigate how information is processed in biological and technical systems. The focus here is on brain research, basic research for future information technologies, and supercomputing. More


This research field is concerned with contributing to a bio-based value chain permitting a sustainable economy. Research into a sustainable bioeconomy comprises work in biotechnology, plant research, and soil research (agrosphere). This work aims to support the transition from an oil-based to a bio-based economy and to contribute to the efforts to feed a growing global population. More


Scientists have access to state-of-the-art instruments and large-scale facilities at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Some of these are used by teams of scientists from all over the world – experts at Jülich provide them with professional advice and support. Overview

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Kick-start your career as PhD student or as head of your own young investigators group - Forschungszentrum Jülich offers talented scientists superb career opportunities. The research centre offers an exceptional scientific infrastructure and leading scientists assist you. Further, Forschungszentrum Juelich participates in the Helmholtz Postdoc Programme. Funding for up to three years enables young scientists to enhance their own research profile directly after their PhD. Another form of recognition is the Juelich Excellence Prize, which is awarded by a panel of recognized experts. Supporting young people and early-career scientists is one of Forschungszentrum Jülich's central concerns. At the moment, there are 950 doctoral researchers from some 50 countries at Forschungszentrum Jülich.


From 2019, JuDocs, a structured doctoral support at our centre will serve as a central service point for all doctoral researchers and scientific supervisors. JuDocs supports doctoral researchers during their research on a doctoral project at Jülich and ensures the same high level of standards and measures for the more than 1,000 doctoral researchers and their roughly 350 scientific supervisors. We consolidate the links between the institutes, graduate schools, research training groups, and the interest groups for doctoral researchers and supervisors.

Research Training Groups, Graduate Schools, and Collaborative Partners

Below you may find more information on specific programmes for doctoral researchers offered by Forschungszentrum Juelich:

Connect with us

Either based in India or Germany, the easiest way to find out more about our activities and collaboration opportunities is to call or to e-mail us. Ms Eva Portius looks forward to answer your inquiries. She facilitates contacts between Indian and Juelich scientists for future collaborations and updates you on the latest developments in science and technology of our campus.

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