Our research profile

Research at Paderborn University thrives on the curiosity and determination of our academics to cooperatively explore the challenges of the future and work towards solving them in an interdisciplinary manner. Our five key research areas and our interdisciplinary research institutions support these endeavours, as do our strong networks in Germany and around the world. The fundamental application-oriented research we conduct continuously delivers new findings that we make available to industry and society.

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Collaborative Research Centres
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Interdisciplinary research institutions
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Key topics in research

Quantum Research

Quantum Research

For many years, the study of the smallest particles of light has been one of the key research areas of Paderborn University. Recognized experts conduct excellent fundamental research in order to shape the future through concrete applications. Thus, they are decisively advancing quantum research in Germany and beyond.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has long been a part of our lives. At Paderborn University, academics from various disciplines are researching the fundamentals and effects of AI in order to make human-machine interaction both useful and transparent for society.

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The responsible use of natural resources, as well as ensuring equitable access to clean water, modern energy, and quality education are among the most fundamental challenges of our time. Paderborn University wants to address the issue of sustainability with a wide range of projects in research and teaching.

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High Performance Computing

The "Noctua 2" supercomputer is the heart of Paderborn University's high-performance computing centre. Our scientists use high-performance computing to set international standards in computer systems research. Researchers throughout Germany benefit from the computing capacities to conduct science at the highest level.

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Ongoing research projects

The cross-faculty discourse, which is at the very heart of research at Paderborn University, promotes numerous future-oriented projects, which focus on urgent societal challenges. The close cooperation with other research institutions has lead to globally visible research projects, which emphasise our innovate power.


Research news


Paderborn physicists develop new solar cell

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Measuring the properties of light: Scientists realise new method for determining quantum states

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Safe and environmentally friendly recycling of ships: Paderborn University involved in international AI research project

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Ministry of Culture sponsors research project "L:IKE - Intangible Cultural Heritage Learning Workshop" at Paderborn University

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Academic career

Paderborn University is the right place for you and your research: we offer attractive working conditions to researchers at all career levels and support them with a wide range of offers. Our Staff Development team is committed to tailoring their services to the specific needs of the University’s employees.


Support for your research

As an attractive research location, Paderborn University supports its academics in planning and executing their research projects. We will advise you on applications, help you to manage your research data, and support you in the publication and archiving as well as the exploitation of your research results.

Research culture

At Paderborn University, it is not just about what we are researching, but also how we are conducting our research.

We are actively involved in shaping topics such as the upholding of ethical principles, academic integrity, equal opportunities in research, and open science, thereby safeguarding academic freedom.