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by Christin Schröter

KlarText Award for Achievements in Public Understanding of Sciences, Klaus Tschira Stiftung (apply by 28th February 2018)

Have you written an outstanding dissertation and are you very keen to explain your research findings in a clear and comprehensible manner to a large number of people, including those not familiar with your subject? Then write an article about your work and enter it into the competition for the KlarText Award for Achievements in Public Understanding of Sciences.

Through this prize, the Klaus Tschira Stiftung recognizes young researchers who explain their research results in a comprehensible manner in a popular science article in German.

Application requirements include:

  • Relevance to the fields of biology, chemistry, IT, mathematics, neuroscience or physics, or to neighboring disciplines so long as the research work is related to one of the six above fields;
  • PhD with excellent results;
  • Entry must be written in German;
  • Neither the nationality of the entrants nor the location of the university at which they acquired their PhD is taken into account.

Form of funding: The best articles are each awarded a prize of € 5,000 and published in the popular science magazine KlarText – a supplement of DIE ZEIT. All entrants, including those who do not win, can take part in a two-day workshop on communicating science.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2018.

Terms and conditions of entry: – T&C (only in German)

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by Christin Schröter

Apply for the Dorothea Schlözer Career Promotion Programme (female postdocs only, deadline: 31 January 2018)

The Dorothea Schlözer Career Promotion Programme offers female Postdocs on Göttingen Campus the opportunity to promote their career development and prepare them for a leading (international) role in research and academia.

The one-year intensive program provides female scientists and scholars of different disciplines with training and coaching in key academic skills as well as practical career-relevant knowledge relating to international science management, research funding, leadership skills, appeal proceedings and networking.

The program enhances career development in a flexible and individual manner. It combines a wide range of methods (individual and group coaching, workshops and training) as well as information and networking options with advisors from inside and outside Göttingen University.

Target Group: all female postdocs, junior research group leaders and junior professors at Göttingen University and the Göttingen research campus.

Please see below for further information on the specific requirements and the application process.

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WoCaNet 2019: Call For Organizers

Send on behalf of the WoCaNet 2017 Organizers

Dear postdocs,

We would like to invite you to join us: in early 2018, a new team of PhD students and Postdocs will assemble to start organizing the next Womens’ Careers and Networks symposium (WoCaNet), which will take place in spring 2019.

To know what WoCaNet is all about check out our webpage:

If you like the concept of the symposium, but aren’t sure yet how you could help (or if you don’t like the concept and would like to change it!) here are a few suggestions:

  • love money? … you could be in charge of the financial aspects of this big event!
  • like to communicate? … you could be responsible for PR!
  • love the internet? … you could help to keep the website up to date!
  • like food? … you could find the best caterer for delicious food at the symposium and the networking dinner!
  • love to be creative? … you could design posters, flyers, booklets, info screens!
  • like to be close to the important people? … you could invite inspiring speakers and help organize their stay in Göttingen!
  • love to coordinate and organize? …why not become the team leader and keep everything up and running?

A first introductory meeting for all potential organizers (female AND male!) will be held on Friday 12 January 2018, 8:30-9:30h (GZMB, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232).

You are welcome to come and explore – no firm commitment is expected at this stage! During this meeting, the basic tasks behind organizing the symposium will be explained. This allows people who are potentially interested in joining the organizing team to get an impression about the organization efforts and to ask questions.

For those of you who then decide to get involved, a workshop will take place in late January or early February (tbd) where the old team will train the new team, the team members will get to know each other and divide in subgroups to tackle the tasks. If you are potentially interested in joining the next organizing team please send us an email by 3 January at

We look forward to seeing you!

WoCaNet 2017 Team

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by Christin Schröter

Career Impulse Session with Partho Halder, Lab Head for Assay Development at CSL Behring GmbH in Marburg, 12 January 2018, 14-16h

We are happy to invite you to another Career Impulse Session titled “From Academia to Industry: A Personal Experience” with Dr. Partho Halder who heads the lab for Assay Development at CSL Behring GmbH in Marburg.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2018
Time: 14-16h
Location: GZMB building, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)

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

For organizational reasons please write a short email to if you plan to attend.

Information about the speaker:

After his engineering in Biotechnology at the Birla Institute of Technology in India, Partho started pursuing his doctorate in 2007 as an Excellence Initiative Fellow of the International Graduate School of Life Science at the University of Würzburg. For his thesis Partho characterized synaptic proteins from Drosophila using monoclonal antibodies using techniques like hybridoma culture, HPLC, subcellular fractionation, Western blot & 2DE-MS, immunohistochemistry, etc.

With the kind offer to host, Partho joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Reinhard Jahn with a Max-Planck-Stipendium as a postdoc in 2012. During this time Partho worked on mammalian late-endosomal SNAREs and SNARE-like mimics from pathogens with techniques like protein biochemistry and biophysics. Besides his main projects, Partho also worked on local (AG Urlaub, AG Janshoff, AG Steinem, AG Diedrichsen) and international (van der Bogaart Lab, Shuman Lab, Cafiso Lab) collaboration projects.

In April 2017 Partho joined CSL Behring GmbH in Marburg, which is a part of CSL Limited. With 18,000+ employees worldwide it is one of the global leaders in plasma biotechnology (coagulation factors, human albumin, emergency medications, vaccines, antivenoms, etc). Partho heads the lab for Assay Development (HPLC, ELISA, LC-MS, Spectrophotometry, etc.) as an interface between the R&D and QC.

During his talk Partho will focus on his transition from academia (the world of impact factors) to industry (the world of GMP) and try to give some insights on the various jobs (and the required skills) for natural science graduates in the industry.

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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.

Detailed Description:

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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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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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