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Career Prospects

Physicists work not only in research institutions and universities, but also in many other professions. These range from research-related companies and high tech to banks and insurance companies. In the recent past, physics with its many and sometimes very complex data structures has also produced many data scientists and Industry 4.0 makers. They use the knowledge of mathematics they acquired during their studies, the training in the use of laboratory equipment or simply the physical-logical approach. The career prospects for physicists are excellent: the German Physical Society regularly publishes overviews of the occupational fields in which physicists work as well as information on employment. In the labour market article of 2020, for example, it says "In particular, the employment situation for professionally experienced physicists has so far proven to be crisis-proof." Harald Lesch, prominent physics professor at LMU Munich and well-known from various TV programmes and books, also knows "there are practically no unemployed physicists".

The Department of Physics regularly invites graduates to a career seminar to report on their individual entrances into professional life and to show students useful tips and opportunities.

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Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund 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.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 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 Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.



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.



From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress 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.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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