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Career Opportunities in German Academia

Workshop for early/not-so-early career Postdocs and late-stage PhD students with an interest in staying in academia

Career Opportunities


Introduction / Career options
An introduction on the possible career opportunities in German academia, aimed to cover both the conventional and out-of-the-box options.
Career development
A workshop led by Dr. Monika Clausen on career development in science. Detailed information to follow later.
Development and funding opportunities
An overview of funding schemes available from the end of your PhD towards a PI/professor position, with a focus on which programs are currently available and when to apply for them.
Legal prerequisites
A presentation on the legal prerequisites for attaining a professor position in Germany and the "Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz" with time for your questions.
Search committee panel discussion
A panel discussion made up of professors with abundant experience in serving on search committees. The panel will potentially receive example CV’s from virtual applicants to start the discussion, and this session will provide attendees with ample opportunity to ask their own questions regarding the selection process and the relative importance of different criteria.
Career stories
Several presentations from a range of PIs, (junior) professors and junior research group leaders on how their careers developed. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions.

Workshop programme

Time Topic Speakers
9:00 - 9:30 Introduction / Career options Michael Schulz
9:30 - 11:00 Career development (1st part) Monika Clausen
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30 - 13:00 Career development (2nd part) Monika Clausen
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break  
14:00 - 14:30 Development and funding opportunities Silke Reinold
14:30 - 15:00 Legal prerequisites Michael Siccha
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break  
15:15 - 16:30 Search committee panel discussion Dierk Hebbeln, Simone Kasemann, Michal Kucera, Cornelia Spiegel
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break  
17:00 - 18:00 Career stories Solveig Bühring, Jan-Hendrik Hehemann, Heiko Pälike



Postdoc Representatives 2015
Anna Joy Drury
Michael Siccha