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2021/08/11
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (24 Sep 2021, 14:00-15:30) with Dr. Kai-Hsin Cathie Chan (Scitaris): “Science-based strategy consulting for the pharmaceutical industry”

We’re happy to announce the last part of our September trio of GAUSS Career Impulse Sessions, this time with strategy consultant Dr. Kai-Hsin Cathie Chan from Scitaris.

About the speaker: Cathie is an alumna of the Molecular Biology MSc/PhD program. After graduating from the National Taiwan University College of Life Sciences, she earned her Master’s and PhD degree in the lab of Prof. Marina Rodnina at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

Following a bridging Postdoc, Cathie moved to Berlin to join the rapidly growing biopharma strategy consulting firm Scitaris, where she leverages her analytical and communication skills to provide science-based strategy for clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Cathie will talk about the wide range of consulting projects in the field pharmaceutical R&D, where they intersect with the skills learned during a PhD project, and share her experience of life as a consultant.

  • Date: 24 September 2021
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online via zoom

About the sessions: Our Career Impulse Sessions offer a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics for PhD students and postdocs in the Life and Natural Sciences. By inviting PhD holders with different career paths, we would like to illustrate the broad range of potential careers for PhD students and postdocs and give inspiration for career choices.

2021/08/10
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop: “Fast Forward – The Ultimate Productivity System for Researchers” (7-week course, starting 4 October 2021)

We are happy to announce our next project management workshop “Fast Forward – The Ultimate Productivity System for Researchers” with Dr. Nadine Sinclair.

Achieve amazing productivity and reduce your stress level in 7 weeks by implementing the productivity secrets that allow management consultants and high-performing industry teams to generate results quickly.

  • Live Kick-off: Monday, 4 October 2021, 10-11:30h
  • Information event via Zoom: 21 September 2021: 11:00-11:30h, registered participants will receive invitation to Zoom meeting beforehand
  • Duration: 7 consecutive weeks with weekly Q&A session on Wednesdays at 17:00h
  • Target group: Postdocs and late-stage PhD students who would like to add effective project management to their skill set and apply the principles to their own research supported by an implementation phase offered during this course.
  • Webpage: http://mindmatters.pro/fastforward
  • Credits / Certificate: After successfully completing the workshop (this includes completing the different modules AND attending the Q&A sessions), you will receive a certificate and/or 1.5 credits (for PhD students).
  • To register, please send an e-mail to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de, including a short motivation statement and your commitment to complete the course.
  • registration deadline (for postdocs): 24 Sep 2021; for PhD students: please register via StudIP

This workshop has a different format than our other workshops as it is an online workshop running for 7 weeks including

  • 7 results-oriented implementation modulesa private social media community
  • 12 downloadable workbooks & templates
  • 7 weekly live Q&A coaching sessions with the trainer Nadine Sinclair. Please note: If you miss more than one of the Q&A sessions you will neither receive a certificate nor any credits.
  • average workload per week: approximately 3-4h

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2021/07/09
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop “Grant Writing”, 14 October 2021

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service online workshop “Grant Writing” by Dr. John Dixon.

This workshop is intended for postdoctoral researchers and late-stage PhD students who are new to the process of applying for a scientific research grant. Ideally, participants should already be in the process of applying for a grant or planning to start writing within the next 3 months. Therefore, it is crucial that they have an idea about the research topic and possible funding bodies.

Dates: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Duration: 2 online modules, 09:00-12:30h and 14:00-17:30h
Location: The workshop will take place online
Trainer: Dr. John Dixon

Registration: Please register here (in case you are not yet registered) and send an email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop description
In two modules, we cover the following:

  • the nature of this unique challenge and ‘grantsmanship’
  • a typical application process
  • who are reviewers and decision makers
  • four cornerstones of a good application (the research question, credibility, likelihood of success, value for money)
  • four attributes (being persuasive, complete, readable and correct)

Before and during the workshop, you will have the chance to use a template to develop the rationale for your research project. The abstract is a critical component of a grant application, and we critique some abstracts to establish the composition and style of an effective abstract. After the workshop, you have the opportunity to write a grant application abstract and email it to the trainer, who will give you feedback. Communication will be strictly confidential.

We use the Zoom platform, and this workshop comprises short lectures, exercises, brainstorming in breakout rooms and an open invitation to ask questions, express opinion and share experiences.

2021/05/18
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (8 Oct 2021, 14:00-16:00) with Dr. Cindy Wechsler (Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH)

We’re happy to announce our our next GAUSS Career Impulse Session with Dr. Cindy Wechsler (Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH).

Cindy is an alumna of our PhD Program “Biomolecules: Structure – Function – Dynamics”. She performed her doctoral thesis in the Bioanalytics Group of Prof Dr. Kai Tittmannn (Department of Molecular Enzymology) and successfully finished her PhD in 2014.

  • Date: Friday, 8 October 2021
  • Time: 14:00-16:00 (appr.)
  • Location: online

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2021/05/17
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (10 Sep 2021, 14:00-15:30) with Dr. Jennifer Masch (Zeiss): “Multidisciplinary Thinking is Key”

We’re happy to announce our our next GAUSS Career Impulse Session with Dr. Jennifer M. Masch (Lead Engineer Innovation at Carl Zeiss Meditec AG).

Jennifer is an alumna of the GGNB program ‘Molecular Physiology of the Brain’. She developed STED nanoscopy of synaptic substructures in living mice in the ‘NanoBiophotonics’ lab of Prof. Stefan W. Hell at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and received her doctoral degree in 2017.

Prior to her PhD, she studied medical engineering science at the University of Lübeck and did her Master’s thesis in an industrial setting at Carl Zeiss Meditec AG in Oberkochen. After finishing her PhD, she had worked as a postdoc in the Hell lab for one year before she made the move from academia to industry. Since 2018, she has been working as a Lead Engineer Innovation for Ophthalmic Systems and Solutions at the research & development department of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG in Berlin. Jennifer will share her insights on her career steps and her experience of working in academia and in industry, and will highlight career opportunities at Zeiss. She is looking forward to an interactive session with a lot of questions from your side!

  • Date: Sep 10, 2021
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online via zoom

Please write a short e-mail to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de if you plan to attend, so you’ll receive the log-in details in due time.

About the sessions: Our Career Impulse Sessions offer a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics for PhD students and postdocs in the Life and Natural Sciences. By inviting PhD holders with different career paths, we would like to illustrate the broad range of potential careers for PhD students and postdocs and give inspiration for career choices.

2021/05/17
by Stefanie Klug
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2-day online GCP Basic course (9-10 September 2021)

We are happy to announce a 2-day intensive online training on Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

Good Clinical Practice is an international ethical and scientific standard for the planning, conduct, documentation and reporting of clinical trials in humans. Compliance with these standards creates public confidence that the rights, safety and well-being of trial subjects are protected in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and that the data collected during the clinical trial are credible.

This GCP course especially designed for scientists opens new career perspectives in clinical research for graduates and students of life sciences.

By attending this course you will receive an approved certified basic qualification as a scientist working in clinical reseach.

In this intensive webinar you will get an overview of professional fields in clinical research and learn where your expertise is most needed.

Register via email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de (your data will be forwarded to the course organizers)

  • Dates: Thursday and Friday, 9-10 September 2021
  • Duration: 9:00-16:00h on both days
  • Location: The workshop will take place online!

Fees: The registration fee depends on your current status:

  • Enrolled students/PhD students pay 299€ (proof of enrollment needs to be provided!), early bird registration (until 8 August 2021) 249€
  • Postdocs pay 349€, early bird registration (until 8 August 2021) 279€

Postdocs also have the possibility to apply for “Bildungsprämie” for this workshop which covers 50% of the workshop fee.

All participants receive a course certificate after successful completion of an online exam at the end of the course

Further information: https://gmp-kurs.de/de/gcp-basic-course-for-scientists/

2021/05/16
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop “Conflict Management”, 6-7 September 2021

We are happy to announce our next virtual GAUSS Career workshop “Conflict Management” by Dr. Neela Enke.

Dates: 6-7 September 2021
Duration: 2 half-days (13:30-17:00h)
Location: The workshop will take place online via Zoom.
Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke

Registration: Please register here and send an email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop Description: The ability to deal with conflicts is a key component of professional conduct and an important factor for personal and professional success. The workshop enables the participants to experience conflict as agent of innovation, professional and personal development. Conflicts are often perceived as painful, disruptive and stressful. Only rarely the potential for innovation and change is realized and appreciated. This seminar examines conflicts in regard to their chances and challenges to introduce a constructive concept of conflict as social normality. The participant’s conflict solution competences are strengthened and activated to deal with difficult situations. Professional communication as tool for conflict solution is explained and practiced.