About FAU

Founded in 1743, FAU is proud of its history and to be the intellectual home of many talented minds. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with around 38,000 students, about 260 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including more than 660 professors), 210 million euros (2019) third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.

With its Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, FAU offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary research. FAU’s values of innovation, diversity and passion are the key to its consistent success in national and international rankings. FAU is ranked #1 in Germany among the world’s most innovative universities and #14 worldwide.

Pursue your scientific career at FAU

FAU is the place to be for talents who would like to start their scientific and academic careers at an outstanding university rich in tradition and strong in research. We help talents from all over the world to fulfil their potential and become part of a growing, global community of innovative researchers and entrepreneurs.

FAU strives to promote open-minded, independent individuals whose research helps to shape tomorrow’s world, whether contributing to AI, medical progress, science or to the humanities. As a full-spectrum university we are at the forefront of driving innovation and setting knowledge in motion. The Office of Research Career Development and the Graduate Centre provides information on doctoral degrees, postdoctoral research, habilitations and junior professorships for all faculties and offers advice and support to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers and habilitation candidates.

Major Research Areas

FAU is a leading university in many research fields at both a national and international level. The FAU Key Research Priorities are based on these research fields and play a key role in shaping the University’s research profile. The FAU Key Research Priorities – which involve at least 25 professors from two or more departments – have excellent academic achievements, a high level of third-party funding and are recognised internationally. Each of the eight FAU Key Research Priorities is based on the contributions of outstanding FAU researchers who have been instrumental in the dynamic development of their respective research fields.

FAU Key Research Priorities

  • Cultural Values, Religion and Human Rights
  • Electronics, Analytics and Digital Transformation
  • Future Energy Systems
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medicine, Life Sciences and Health
  • New Material and Processes
  • Optics and Optical Technology
  • The World of Work