Professor wanted! Optimizing your scientific career on the way to professorship



Dipl.-Ing. Dagmar Grübler

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Andrea Letzner

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+49 241 80 99108



Key Info

Basic Information

Staff Development Measures:
Spheres of Action:
Promote personal development
Zertifikat "Führen"
Staff Development
Participation Fee:


Scientists who wish to become professors are confronted with numerous professional challenges and hurdles on their way to becoming qualified for a professorship: independent publication, the acquisition of third-party funding and the implementation of independent research work, the development of a teaching portfolio, participation in scientific communication and the development of one's own network of colleagues and cooperation partners, stays abroad...

When are which tasks particularly important? What has the highest priority for me at the moment? What time frame is appropriate and how can this be reconciled with my private goals? Where do I stand with my current academic profile and what are the next necessary qualification steps? How important is the habilitation?


In the seminar, participants should first take stock and reflect on their own current position. Based on this, goals and important steps towards one's own employability will be discussed and planned. The individual coaching (30 - 45 min per participant) on day 2 of the workshop aims to discuss individual questions regarding one's own academic career planning and to identify possible supporting and inhibiting factors as well as to derive strategies for action.


Input by the lecturer, analysis of the own academic profile using an analysis questionnaire, small group work, interactive group discussions, feedback by participants and lecturer.


In the seminar, we will first discuss which requirements are imposed on the academic profile of scientists in order to be able to reach professorship. Starting with the research profile ("Do I reflect my discipline?") via the classical evaluation criteria such as publications, third-party funding, awards ("Am I a successful scientist?") to performance requirements such as teaching and academic self-administration ("Am I a diligent colleague?"), all aspects of the academic profile will be discussed and subjected to a target/actual comparison. Based on this, individual next possible profile building steps are derived.

Schedule of contents:

Day 1 (08:30 - 16:30)

Welcome, introduction, overview

At university forever? Paths to a long-term career in science

- Requirements

- Application processes / appointment procedures

The academic profile I

- Research profile - Do you represent your discipline?

- Target-performance comparison

The academic profile II

- Are you a successful scientist?

o Publications, third-party funding, habilitation

o Scientific communication, mobility

- Target-performance comparison

The academic profile III

- Are you a diligent colleague? - Teaching, supervision, self-administration, scientific services

- Target-actual comparison

The academic profile IV

- Soft skills, hard facts - leadership, network, personality

- Target-actual comparison

Contextual factors

- Which postdoc format fits my goals? Derivation of the most important profile building steps and action strategies

Day 2 (8:30 am - 5:30 pm)

12 individual coaching sessions of 30 - 45 min each (duration depends on the number of participants)

Target Audience

postdocs, academic staff, juniorprofessors

Measures to secure the sustainable Transfer of Taught Knowledge / Skills

Process support: Individual tasks are agreed with the participants (if desired) and followed up in a subsequent individual contact a few weeks later.

Participants work on their own topics, from their own professional context.


Date:18/10/2022 to 19/10/2022
08:30 - 17:30
Course Coordinator:Dieta Kuchenbrandt
Slots:8 up to 12

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