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Career development

Supporting Early Career Researchers is a major goal of FAIR

Seven postdocs work directly within FAIR joined by additional postdocs and Ph.D. students from the participating research groups. The Early Career Researchers (ECRs) will be supervised by two PIs of different departments, with whom they will develop supervision and target agreements. All FAIR researchers will exchange ideas and progress reports frequently in regular retreats and colloquia but also in rapid feedback cycles as a major work component of agile research teams.

However, FAIR will not only support the ECRs scientifically but with regard to providing a budget for career development measures, such as mentoring – e.g. by members of FAIR’s advisory board – coaching or workshops. ECRs are invited to participate in the program of the Graduate Center at TU Dortmund or the cross-university Research Academy Ruhr. To enhance their teaching competencies, ECRs can make use of training opportunities provided by the Center for Higher Education at TU Dortmund.

Location & approach

The campus of the TU Dortmund University is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus.  The university is signposted at both exits. All FAIR PIs have offices on the North Campus. FAIR's main offices will be located a bit off the North Campus on Martin-Schmeisser-Weg 17 (parking behind the building).

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 15 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Verkehrsverbundes Rhein-Ruhr, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund main station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.