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Career Information and Announcements

by Christin Schröter

Workshop “My Project Management Skills”, 8 December 2017

Organization, coordination and effective leadership have become a must for pushing your career, in Academia as well as in other sectors. Not only scientists’ day-to-day work, but also securing external funding requires accurate timing, financial structuring and planning of scientific work. When scientists have little awareness of these skills, it can interfere with their attitude and confidence in achieving their goals. This workshop will raise your self-awareness, show you how to improve your project-management related skills and increase your potential for a successful career.

Target group: Young researchers planning to apply for positions requiring project management experience

Goals: Reflect on your own project management expertise and learn how to present your expertise to potential employers

Date: Friday, 8 December 2017, 9:00-18:00h
Location: Schwann Schleiden Research Center, Julia-Lermontowa-Weg 3, small seminar room -1.101 (basement)
Trainer: Silke Oehrlein-Karpi

Registration: Please register here and write an email to, including a short statement on your motivation to join the workshop.

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Call for Applications: Postdoc Stipends from the Branco Weiss Fellowship

The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science is a unique postdoc program. It awards young researchers around the world with a generous personal research grant, giving them the freedom to work on whatever topic they choose anywhere in the world, for up to five years.

This research fellowship is designed to support postdoctoral researchers after their PhD and before their first faculty appointment. Those in current postdoctoral positions are also eligible. Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences.

Candidates that present an unusual research project that departs from the mainstream with a remarkable track record will be short-listed for the prestigious grant.

A Branco Weiss Fellowship consists of CHF 100,000 per year. It may be used to cover all legitimate costs of research (i.e. salary and/or equipment, travel expenses, consumables, personnel, etc.).

The five-year fellowship is awarded in two installments:

  1. The pioneer phase: the first two years of research
  2. The exploitation phase: the remaining three years

At the end of the pioneer phase, a review is conducted. This evaluates the project, its continued originality, and the productivity of the fellow. Branco Weiss Fellows are encouraged to seek faculty positions during their exploitation phase; success hereby will not terminate the fellowship.

Applications for the 2018 fellowship intake are now invited!

Apply here until 15 January 2018.

For more information on the application requirements click here.

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by Christin Schröter

Information event “Karriereweg Professorin an der Fachhochschule”, 21 November 2017

Please see below for the announcement of an information event on professorships at Fachhochschulen in Germany. The event will be in German.

To register please write an email to until 13 November 2017!

Location: Tagungszentrum an der Sternwarte, Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen
Time: 15:00-19:00h

Jährlich werden bundesweit hunderte Professuren an Fachhochschulen neu besetzt. Vielen Akademikerinnen sind der Karriereweg und die damit verbundenen beruflichen Chancen und Perspektiven nicht ausreichend bekannt. Häufig wird nicht gesehen, dass die Professur an einer Fachhochschule ein attraktives Karriereziel mit einem breiten und anspruchsvollen Aufgabenspektrum ist. Dies werden die Referentinnen und Referenten – darunter auch Ehemalige der Universität Göttingen und heutige Professorinnen und Professoren an Fachhochschulen – differenziert präsentieren.

Nach einer Keynote durch Prof. Dr. Ute von Lojewski (Präsidentin der FH Münster und stellvertretende UAS7-Vorsitzende) zur Position und Ausdifferenzierung der Fachhochschulen im deutschen Hochschulsektor, wird die Berufungsbeauftragte Dr. Sabine Todt (Hochschule Osnabrück) zu den Berufungsvoraussetzungen und den Berufungsverfahren für eine Professur an einer Fachhochschule informieren.
Nachfolgend werden die eingeladenen Professorinnen und Professoren ihre Karrierewege und den Arbeitsalltag an der Fachhochschule darstellen. Danach gibt es Gelegenheit, in fachspezifischen Kleingruppen (Natur- und Lebenswissenschaften sowie Gesellschaftswissenschaften), u.a. fächerbezogene Fragen der Qualifizierung für eine Professur zu diskutieren und die Referierenden nach ihren Erfahrungen zu befragen.
Abschließend gibt es die Möglichkeit zum Austausch und Netzwerken.


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Workshop “Job Hunting and Application Skills”, 27-28 November 2017

We are happy to announce the next workshop on “Job Hunting and Application Skills – Natural and Life Sciences”.

Target group: Junior researchers who are currently applying or plan to apply soon to positions in Industry or other areas outside academic research.

Goal: Getting to know all the steps of the application process.

Dates: Monday, 27 November 2017 (12-17 h) & Tuesday, 28 November 2017 (9-16 h)
Place: GZMB building, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)
Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling
Duration: 1,5 days

Registration: Please register here and write an email to, including a short statement on your motivation to join the workshop.

Detailed Description:

The workshop deals with how to write a professional application. Participants will learn about the requirements regarding form and content of CVs and the respective differences between academia and industry. They will reflect about how to convey their strengths and motivation in response to a job advertisement, but also how to approach speculative applications. Moreover, participants will train their self-presentation skills in the job hunting process, including self-presentation on career fairs, conferences and interviews. The workshop will include various training sessions, partly accompanied by video recording for a follow-up analysis.


“The workshop was very informative and dynamic. It helped me to realize my most positive characteristics and feel confident about my future career possibilities.” (Postdoc at GZMB)

“Make the most of this wonderful experience. Learn and improve yourself with the content of the workshop. It’s an eye opener.” (Postdoc in Molecular Biology)

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Career Impulse Session with Cindy Wechsler, Manager Site Compliance at Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland, 3 November 2017, 16-18h

We are happy to invite you to another Career Impulse Session this time with Dr. Cindy Wechsler who works as Manager Site Compliance at Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH in Freiburg im Breisgau.

Date: Friday, 3 November 2017
Time: 16-18h
Location: GZMB building, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)

After the talk, Cindy will take some time to answer your individual questions.

For organizational reasons we would be grateful if you could write a short email to if you plan to attend.

Information about the speaker:

Cindy Wechsler studied chemistry at the Georg-August University in Göttingen and after her diploma in organic chemistry she stayed in Göttingen and joined the group of Prof. Kai Tittmann in the Department of Bianalytics. During her PhD she worked on enzymatic catalysis in the framework of a DFG Forschergruppe (FOR), within the GGNB Grad school. In 2012 and 2013 Cindy was student representative of the GGNB PhD-students and was head of the organizing team of the WoCaNet 2013.

After her PhD Cindy joined the group of Prof. Michael Müller at the pharmaceutical and medicinal department of the University of Freiburg for a PostDoc. Here she applied her organizational skills as coordinator of the DFG FOR Project in which she had performed her PhD Thesis as well as her analytical skills during supervision of Students and PhDs. During her postdoc Cindy continuously applied for jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, when finally joining Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland as Manager Site Compliance after a one year Postdoc in 2015.

During her talk she will explain what skills that she acquired during her time in academia were helpful to get to where she is today and which skills she lacked and how she could gain them nevertheless.

Cindy will also give an insight in her job in the regulatory world of a big pharma company and highlight differences to the academic working environment.

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Göttingen Campus Postdoc Network

The newly formed Göttingen Campus Postdoc Network aims to connect all postdocs in Göttingen (defined as PhD holders who conduct professional research under a time-limited contract or fellowship), facilitate information exchange, identify and advance relevant topics for the community and provide a communication channel to the Campus governance. Measures and activities are led by postdocs and supported by the Campus Office.

  • Postdoc mailing list

The GC_postdoc mailing list is a Campus-wide communication channel for all postdocs working in Göttingen. Via the list you will receive information about events, workshops, funding opportunities and any topics that are relevant to postdocs. Anyone can also share relevant information via the list; messages are moderated by the Campus Office. More than 200 subscribers currently form this online community and all postdocs are welcome to join! To sign up, click here:

  • Postdoc portal

The postdoc page of the Göttingen Campus website is a central and easy point of access to resources that will help you thrive as a postdoc in Göttingen. On this page you can quickly access information about living in Göttingen, funding opportunities, career development and events. Find out more:

For any questions or comments, or if you would like to get involved, feel free to contact us at the Campus Office:

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by Christin Schröter

Workshop “Exploring the Unknown – The Company World”, 24 October and 14 November 2017

We are happy to announce the workshop “Exploring the Unknown – The Company World” with Dr. Gaby Schilling.

Target group: Junior researchers who are currently applying or plan to apply soon to positions in Industry

Goal: Getting to know the departments and their functions in a company and reflect about whether related jobs fit to you

Dates: Tuesday, 24 October 2017 (9:30-17:00h) and Friday, 14 November 2017 (12:30-16:30h)
Duration: 1 + 0.5 days
Place: GZMB building, seminar room 0.232
Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling

Registration: Please register here and write an email to, including a short statement on your motivation to join the workshop.

Detailed Description: PhD students and postdocs with a background in natural and social sciences are usually not educated in economic thinking. Sometimes they do not know how enterprises create values. Often they have no idea what different departments contribute to the company’s economic success. This lack of knowledge makes them feel insecure about their opportunities in fields aside from research and development. That is the reason why their applications are often not convincing. In this course, participants will learn about different roles and tasks in enterprises and how employees in different departments interact and depend on each other. Playing different roles enables participants to realize for themselves what is the most fun and what fits best to them.

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