Developing young reaserchers

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum encourages and develops young people interested in becoming researchers or in embarking on a career with a Leibniz Research Museum, working in a range of practical and technical focal areas. The staff of the institution supervise and support various placements, internships, doctoral theses and post-doc projects. The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum opens up access to career-enhancing networks through its partnerships with external experts, universities and non-university research institutions, is committed to equal opportunities and promotes the reconciliation of family and work life.

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum offers schoolchildren (for a minimum period of two weeks) and students (for at least four weeks) the opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of the Archaeometallurgy, Materials Science and Mining Archaeology departments. There, they can familiarise themselves with the day-to-day work performed by the research areas of the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources, and they are introduced to a range of activity fields. The Mining Archaeology research area also allows students to take up any spaces still available on excavation projects.

Applications for all placements can generally be made any time. However, the high level of demand makes it advisable to get in contact as soon as possible, stating the preferred research area and time period. Please enclose a CV with your application, and send your documents to

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum currently has an internship opening in its Exhibition & Education department. The training is provided in accordance with the Guidelines of the German Museum Federation (the “DMB”) .

Current internship openings at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum are advertised in the Job vacancies section.

With its scientific infrastructure, research know-how and close links to various universities – especially to the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) – the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum provides young researchers with a professional research environment in the fields of archaeometallurgy, mining history, mining archaeology, materials science and chemistry.

Apart from bachelor and master dissertations, there is also the opportunity for doctoral students, in particular, to undertake supervised theses in the various research areas of the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources. Doctoral positions are generally financed for a period of three years as part of in-house sponsored and externally financed projects. Scholarships are another form of financing, and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum assists would-be students with the submission of applications. In addition, researchers from the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum also supervise and evaluate external doctorates in consultation with the senior academic supervisor from the university in question.

Current doctoral openings at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum are advertised in the Job vacancies section.

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum offers a structured post-doc programme that enables post-doctoral students to sharpen their academic profile and augment their skills through individual specialisations.

The Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources offers post-doctoral students three different career tracks for gaining qualifications enabling them to work in the various areas of a research museum: the Research Track, the Curator Track (exhibition and collection studies) and the Management Track. All these career tracks focus on the academic profile and activity.

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum generally finances doctorates for a period of three years as part of in-house sponsored and externally financed projects. Post-doctoral students can also submit their own project applications to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.

Post-docs can also apply to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum for a Heinrich Winkelmann Scholarship in Archaeometallurgy, Mining History, Materials Science and Mining Archaeology.

Current post-doctoral openings are advertised in the Job vacancies section.

Speakers of the Young Researchers