The RUB Career Service offers a range of courses to prepare you for the job market. Selected courses are regularly offered in English.

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Applying for jobs in Germany (for english speaking students)

The RUB career service offers a one-day workshop to train you in skills essential when applying for a job in Germany.
This includes writing a cover letter in English for German employers, optimising your CV to meet German employers' expectations, and how to deal with interview questions through role-playing games.


The RUB career service offers a one-day workshop to improve your self-presentation and self-expression skills.
This includes how to prepare for a job interview or assessment center, body language basics, and Do's and Don'ts in an assessment center.

Cluster of Excellence RESOLV

As several of the iMOS instructors are also participating scientists within the German Cluster of Excellence Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV), our students may have opportunities to partake in student events, such as the Summer School Solvation Science and Career Seminars like "Work Culture in Germany".

Research Careers in Germany and Europe

There are several organizations that publish reports on the current job market for researchers in Germany. One can search for public published documents using similar terms like "Berufsbilder in der Chemie" or "Factbook 03 Chemie - Jobs mit Zukunft". The Federal Ministry of Education and Research offers publications on it's website and The German Research Landscape.

Students can also find more information during their studies by joining trade organizations like the JungChemikerForum, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), or IEEE Photonics society.

See also EURAXESS: Researchers in Motion, from the European Commission.

Impressions of "Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation"

Statements from Students and Teaching Staff

Photo: Suresh Kondati Natarajan, Alexander Esser and Syed Hassan Bukhari with the Alexander von Humboldt Awardee Prof. Dr. James Lisy (left) are discussing in the laser laboratory (copyright Nelle from RUB press office)

Jim Lisy (professor - member of our International Faculty): "As a professor from the United States, I have been extremely fortunate to be a visiting professor at a number of universities on four continents. Yet, these occasions rarely offered the chance to give lectures to an international collection of Master Degree students. I was very excited about the iMOS program and strongly believe in the international component of education, as leading edge science has become an interactive, global enterprise. The iMOS students have an amazing opportunity, at such an early stage in their scientific careers, to participate in this unique world-wide program, developed at RUB."

Suresh Natarajan (iMOS student): "IMOS fitted in all aspects to the master program that I dreamed about, mainly with it's mobility, orientation towards research, wonderful course structure and financial freedom. The initial two months has been very competitive and feels like just two weeks. We are getting exposed to the theoretical and simulation techniques that will be needed for the Second year's research oriented International program and master thesis. I am really feeling happy for choosing this course as it is just the only one of it's kind available."

Job perspectives

Statements from Industry

Eduard Schreiner (BASF - The Chemical Company): "Proper preparation, interdisciplinary curriculum for a profound understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of modern molecular modeling, working within a network of top universities in the world and commitment are the ingredients for success in academia and industry. IMOS offers all of these ingredients by integrating the knowledge, the experience and social networks of generations of researchers."

Nikolaj Otte (Henkel): "Molecular Simulation allows me to contribute to applied research by providing a different angle of view than the traditional chemical disciplines. At the same time it provides me with the flexibility to study a large variety of chemically distinct and complex problems, from the reactions of small molecules to enzymatic catalysis and from polymerization kinetics to the properties of materials."

Statements from Science

Alexander Witt (postdoc at Stanford University): "Despite sharing many fundamental principles, traditionally Chemistry and Physics classes are normally taught separately. The iMOS program is unique in the way that it brings together students from different fields to learn, and fosters connections between different research areas. This quite unique program prepares students for cutting edge research which is increasing interdisciplinary and sits at the interface between traditional fields."

Benjamin Born (postdoc at Weizmann Institute of Science):"It is exciting to see a new generation of solvation scientists emerging. The well-established combination of a task-specific lecture series and hands-on research experience in Bochum and in selected labs abroad will be beneficial to the personal and scientific development of students of the iMOS program."