RUB Research School

Research School Site Visits

Get Insights into Working Spaces outside University

RUB Research School's Site Visits provide you with the opportunity to get a first look at potential work spaces and career profiles. RUB Research School conducts one-day-trips to interesting business and industry sites as well as public institutions. The hosts introduce their segments, present their corporate culture and advise on the required competencies for a career within the company or institution.

The program is specifically designed to benefit doctoral researchers with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. International doctoral researchers are welcome to participate and gather information about career perspectives in Germany.

The last Site Visits took place at Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband, Evonik, Boehringer Ingelheim (in Dortmund), Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayer Health Care, BP and RWE.

Next Site Visit: Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

Due to the corona pandemic, the planned Site Visit 2020 at the Hans Böckler Foundation unfortunately had to be cancelled and is postponed to the first half of 2022.

We kindly ask for your understanding!

Learn more on past Site Visits

Postponed to 2022 due to the Corona pandemic.

BP Refinery Gelsenkirchen: Career perspectives in times of change - all

27.10.2016 morning - early afternoon (with lunch).

BP Gelsenkirchen operates a complex refinery with a large number of refining and petrochemical plants. The Gelsenkirchen site is owned by Ruhr Oel GmbH and is one of the largest employers in the region with around 1,700 employees. It produces petrol and diesel grades, heating oils, aviation fuel and petrochemical base materials for films, paints, plastics, foams and fertilisers, among other things. In addition, management and administrative staff are employed at the site.

BP Europa SE, of which the Gelsenkirchen refinery is 50% owned, received the independent "Top Employer Germany 2016" certificate and is one of Germany's best employers for the thirteenth time. The company is currently undergoing restructuring processes - like many large corporations - in order to remain marketable. You can find out what entry and career prospects these change processes can mean for highly qualified academics and what job prospects BP offers as a company during our visit to the refinery in Gelsenkirchen.

During our visit we will

  •     get to know the refinery in Gelsenkirchen
  •     get to know BP as an employer and as a company
  •     tour the refinery and visit a slag heap that is not open to the public and offers a wonderful view over the Ruhr area

Here you will find all information about BP Gelsenkirchen.

We will travel together by bus, which we will provide.

Please contact Dr. Ursula Justus with any questions.


Site Visit Bayer HealthCare (in English)

Forschungszentrum Aprath, Wuppertal

23.02.2016  14:00 – ca. 16:00 h (max. 20 persons)

(we will start at 12:30 h together at RUB)

You will have the opportunity to visit one of the global players in pharmaceutical industry. We can take “a look behind the scenes” to understand in which areas researchers are working at Bayer HealthCare and how the company is organized. We will stay about 2 hours at the “Forschungszentrum” and will be offered:

  • a guided lab tour with the opportunity to directly exchange with scientists working at Bayer HealthCare labs
  • presentation of Bayer HealthCare as a company

Bayer HealthCare offers the Site Visit as an opportunity to get in direct contact with the company and researchers working there. Our experience shows that it will be very helpful if you would be ready to accept the offer and will actively engage in getting in contact. Therefore, we kindly ask you to inform yourselves in advance about Bayer HealthCare in Wuppertal and to bring our questions and interests.



ThyssenKrupp Quarter, Essen

16 September 2014

Meeting 11:50 (am) at bus stop under UV
17:00 (5pm) return drive from ThyssenKrupp

13.00 h: Presentation ThyssenKrupp

  • Introduction to the company
  • Presentation of relevant divisions
  • ThyssenKrupp as an employer (requirements and expectations, information on career paths, etc.)

14.30 h: Break

15.00 Uhr: Experience report / speech (including Q & A)
Dr. Matthias Krüger (ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Product Development / Hydrogen & Nitrates)
16.00 Uhr: Experience report / speech (including Q & A)
Dr. Carmen Ostwald (ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Energiemanagement / Energiewirtschaft)
17.00 Uhr: Get-together and Q & A with ThyssenKrupp employees

Site Visit RWE Essen (in German)

29.10.2015 09:30 - 12:30 (max. 15 participants)

(Departure by BUS RUB 08:30 - Return RUB approx. 13:30)

You will have the opportunity to get to know RWE as a company and to discuss the company's energy policy fields of action with RWE. You will also have the opportunity to talk to an alumni of the RUB about his experiences at the start of his career in the RWE Group. RWE is deliberately designing the visit as an opportunity for interactive exchange, so you are cordially invited to bring your questions, which will contribute significantly to the success of our visit. There will be plenty of time for exchange and questions, which everyone at RWE will be happy to answer.

09:30 Welcome to RWE

  •     RWE Group and discussion of current energy policy issues
  •     Exchange of experiences on starting a career in the RWE Group
  •     Visit to the roof terrace of the RWE Tower

12:30 Departure