Division 4.3 - Career Development

  Thilo Vogel

The Division of Career Development belongs to the Department of Research and Career in RWTH Aachen Central University Administration. The division supports scientists with their career development.



+49 241 80 99119



Our Services – Promotion of Junior Researchers and Career and Management Development

We offer programs and individual advising and coaching services for different groups. Our goal is to support doctoral candidates, post docs, junior researchers, and professors in developing their skills and abilities and to use them to shape the future. Our services are bundled into different competence centers and programs:


Center for Doctoral Studies

The Center for Doctoral Studies, CDS for short, is the central office for extracurricular qualifications for doctoral candidates. The CDS offers all doctoral candidates a comprehensive seminar program for expanding their transferable skills. As proof of all achieved qualifications during your doctoral studies, the CDS issues a doctorate supplement, that is given to to doctoral graduates with their doctorate diploma. The CDS is advised and supported by a scientific advisory council.

Center for Professional Leadership

The Center for Professional Leadership, CPL for short, offers programs for various target groups and faculty at different career stages. We support skills development in a number of career-relevant areas of competence.

We support junior researchers and our science managers in expanding their management and leadership skills and in the development of their careers and personal skills. Our offers include workshops for post docs and science managers, certificate courses for academic leaders, and coaching formats.

The CPL also houses the offices of the AixCYR – Aachen Center for Young Researchers, the self-administrated network for young researchers at RWTH Aachen with doctoral degrees.

Individual Mentoring and Coaching for Advanced Talents is an offer for junior professors and for junior research group leaders and post docs with honors and scholarships. We assist them in their career development and with attaining thier individual goals.

We welcome professors to RWTH Aachen with an onboarding service for professors. We offer workshops for professors to further develop their management and leadership skills – regardless if they are newly appointed or experienced professors – and coaching formats specifically tailored to the needs of this target group.

Career Advising for Researchers

The development of your own career is extremely important no matter what phase of your academic career you are in. Aside from targeted career advising and mentoring from superiors the RWTH Aachen Division of Career Development offers its researchers an individual conversation to orient themselves in their personal career development.


Support for Research Networks

Research Networks such as Collaborative Research Centers (SFB) and Research Training Groups (GRK) play a key role in the collaboration within scientific institutions.

The Division of Career Development offers two support programs for SFB and GRK which consist of workshops, coachings, consulting sessions and lectures.

Each program supports individual target groups within Research Networks:

Gender Consulting for Research Networks offers individual and tailor made measures to support equality between men and women in the scientific and academic communities.

Qualification in Research Networks is a joint program between the Exploratory Research Space (ERS) and the Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS). The objective is to support and develop interdisciplinary research within and between SFBs by offering exclusive qualification for doctoral candidates and postdocs.



Name Contact
Barbara Göbbels M. A.
Phone: +49 241 80 99525

Center for Professional Leadership (CPL)
stellv. Abteilungsleiterin
Dipl.-Ing. Dagmar Grübler
Phone: +49 241 80 99120

Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS)
Geschäftsführerin CDS
Doris Frank M. A.
Phone: +49 241 80 94042

Thomas Czirnich M. A. Phone: +49 241 80 99527

Veranstaltungsmanagement & Controlling
Juliane Mühlenbruch Phone: +49 241 80 99119

Veranstaltungsmanagement & Sekretariat
Arnt Stöber Phone: +49 241 80 94413

Aktivitäten in der Personalentwicklung
Dipl.-Betriebsw. Odile Clavery Phone: +49 241 80 99524

Dipl.-Kff. Alexandra Panofen Phone: +49 241 80 99526

studentische Hilfskräfte
Melina Loosen Phone: +49 241 80 94413

Lena Nietzschmann Phone: +49 241 80 94413

Mandana Peters Phone: +49 241 80 94413

Susanne Saar Phone: +49 241 80 94413


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