To content
Medically relevant research


TU Dortmund University is one of the leading locations in NRW for the topic of medically relevant research. Here you will find the best conditions for your research – both for your scientific work and for your private environment.

Human skeleton © PublicDomainPictures ​/​ Pixabay
Program to promote the return of highly qualified young researchers from abroad

Medically relevant Research at TU Dortmund University

Thank you for your interest in TU Dortmund University within the framework of the NRW-Rückkehrprogramm! The TU Dortmund University invites scientists and researchers to apply for a project on this year’s topic of medically relevant research to establish their own junior research group.

One of the four university-wide research profile areas in which TU Dortmund University has achieved outstanding international success beyond disciplinary boundaries is Chemical Biology, Drug Research and Process Engineering. Several large projects and centers underline TU Dortmund University’s research strength in this area:

You will also find further links for your medically relevant research in the Faculty of Physics with its strong research groups in the field of medical physics. One focus is proton therapy – with the aim of tumor treatment. Within the MERCUR Research Training Group “Precision Proton Therapy”, TU Dortmund University is working together with the University of Duisburg-Essen and others to refine this therapeutic approach.


Medically relevant research also takes place in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences. This includes, for example, research on preventive health care for people with disabilities or on the use of information and communication technology to facilitate the management of diseases for different target groups. In addition, the research area Performance and Health (Sports Medicine) of the Department of Arts and Sport Sciences is concerned with the influence of acute and chronic athletic stress paradigms on physiological and psychological adaptations in humans. The research will contribute to a better understanding of short- and long-term sport-related adaptations of the immune system as well as its interaction with the central nervous system.



In the Department of Statistics, statistical analyses are performed in the fields of proteomics and cancer diagnosis and therapy, among others. The Research Training Group RTG2624 aims to advance the development and application of biostatistical methods for the analysis of high-dimensional data for modeling and risk assessment in toxicology. The Department of Social Sciences is concerned with methodological aspects and challenges of empirical ageing research with a focus on the measurement of health.


The MPI for Molecular Physiology focuses on basic biomedical research and is located in the direct vicinity of TU Dortmund University. In the close neighborhood is also the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences - ISAS, which is a leader in the development of innovative analytical measurement methods and is considered a pioneer of personalized, more precise medicine, as well as the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors – IfADo, which researches the potential and risks of modern work from the workplace to the individual cell, thus im­prov­ing de­sign of work. In addition, numerous companies are located on the campus, such as the Lead Discovery Center GmbH, which converts promising structures into medically and commercially usable drugs, but also many start-ups and young companies from the fields of biomedicine and bioinformatics, which find an attractive infrastructure and the best support in the BioMedizinZentrum Dortmund (BMZ).


The Research Environment

This must be the place. © Tim Mossholder ​/​ Unsplash

TU Dortmund University offers you an extremely attractive environment for your research. The location in the Ruhr area scores with a very good urban infrastructure, good accessibility and all necessary technical and personnel support structures. These include:

  • Excellent compatibility of research, work and family through campus-own childcare and equality- and diversity-conscious university policy (Families at the TU Dortmund University)
  • The connection to the Dual Career network Ruhr (DCN Ruhr), which supports the partners of newly appointed people in their professional orientation in the Ruhr area, in order to increase the chances of a successful job search in the region,
  • A close cooperation with the Ruhr-University Bochum and the University Duisburg-Essen within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). With the Research Academy Ruhr the UA Ruhr offers one of the most efficient and largest platforms for the promotion of young scientists in Germany
  • A strong scientific environment with numerous non-university research institutions such as two Max Planck, two Fraunhofer and two Leibniz institutes, which enable research-related cooperation,
  • Expertise in the area of business venture and realization of business ideas by the TechnologieZentrumDortmund in Germany's leading Technology Center and the Start-up and Advisory Services (CET) and
  • The Welcome Agency (Expat Service Center) of the City of Dortmund with customized support services for newly arrived specialists and executives

Contact person and further information

For further information, please contact the Research Support Services of TU Dortmund University: