Postdoc wanted! – Career planning and applying successfully for postdoc positions
- Staff Development Measures:
- Fields of Action:
- Promote personal development
- Staff Development
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The advanced PhD and early postdoc years are essential for academic career development. During this period, scientists are often torn between conflicting priorities of intellectual independence, on the one hand, and meeting professional obligations towards their employers, on the other hand. Postdoctoral candidates are expected to develop an independent publication record, apply for external funding, create a distinct research profile, build a teaching portfolio, communicate their research, build a network, undertake research stays abroad, etc. etc. Which of these tasks are particularly important? What are the top priorities? Which time frame is appropriate and compatible with my personal private priorities? How important is the habilitation?
The first part of the seminar will be dedicated to learning about and evaluating the various requirements for a long-term career in academia. Based on this, you will analyze your current situation. As part of this process, you will review your current academic profile. Following this reflection, you will develop and specify your next goals and the major steps towards qualifying for long-term academic career.
The second phase of the seminar deals with the successful application for a scientific position after the PhD.
Which competencies from my previous scientific career should I emphasize?
What does a scientific application portfolio look like?
How do I prepare for the interview and a possible presentation?
You will learn how to present yourself optimally in written form and in a way that is adapted to the academic context, what are the specifics of the curriculum vitae, how teaching experience and teaching evaluations can be included in the application documents and how you can present your own research profile.
Finally, the seminar will concentrate on the job interview. You will learn how to prepare optimally for the interview and discuss and practice suitable answer strategies.
Female scientists who work in research groups (SFB, GRK) with DFG-Gender equality funds