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2019/07/10
by Christin Schröter
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Career Impulse Session (23 August 2019) with Camilo Aponte (Bogotá, Colombia / Heidelberg, Germany): “How to pursue a competitive academic career in a new scientific environment”

We are happy to invite you to our next Career Impulse Session titled “How to pursue a competitive academic career in a new scientific environment” with Dr. Camilo Aponte from (Bogotá, Colombia / Heidelberg, Germany).

Camilo Aponte-Santamaría grew up and studied physics in Bogotá, Colombia. He obtained his PhD in 2011, working in the group of Prof. Bert de Groot, while enrolled in the IMPRS “Physics of Biological and Complex Systems”. After several years working as a postdoctoral researcher, in 2017, he was appointed  the head of the Max Planck tandem research group in computational biophysics at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. His research aims at understanding how biomolecules carry out their function using concepts of physics and chemistry, along with computational tools. His chosen career path has permitted him to conduct cutting-edge basic research while contributing to education in his country of origin embedded in a stimulating international cooperation framework.

Date: Friday, 23 August 2019
Time: 14-16h
Location:GZMB building, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)

For organizational reasons please write a short email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de if you plan to attend.

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. The sessions also offer a platform to exchange experiences among each other.

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2019/06/12
by Christin Schröter
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Career Impulse Session (19 July 2019) with Lena Musiol (Miltenyi Biotec GmbH): “How leaving your (scientific) comfort zone is a great way to start your career”

We are happy to invite you to our next Career Impulse Session titled “How leaving your (scientific) comfort zone is a great way to start your career” with Dr. Lena Musiol from Miltenyi Biotec GmbH.

Lena Musiol is an alumna of the IMPRS Molecular Biology and did her PhD in the lab of Blanche Schwappach. After finishing her PhD end of 2016, she joined Miltenyi Biotec GmbH in October 2017. As a Product Specialist for the MACSQuant Flow Cytometer Product Family she works in a team that supports both customers and colleagues regarding applications, technical questions as well as questions about the product portfolio. Another part of her position is giving trainings for customers and colleagues.

Date: Friday, 19 July 2019
Time: 14-16h
Location:GZMB building, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)

For organizational reasons please write a short email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de if you plan to attend.

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. The sessions also offer a platform to exchange experiences among each other.

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2019/05/29
by Stefanie Klug
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Career Impulse Session (21 June 2019) with Ahmed Warda (IQVIA): “Is Consulting Pharma Companies the Right Career for You and How Can You Prepare for It?”

We are happy to invite you to our next Career Impulse Session titled “Is Consulting Pharma Companies the Right Career for You and How Can You Prepare for It?” with Dr. Ahmed Warda from IQVIA.

Working in consulting Pharmaceutical and healthcare companies with IQVIA since March 2018, Ahmed Warda has led over 50 team projects for top pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Sanofi, Merck, Janssen, GSK, and Bayer, among others. Named to FORTUNE Magazine 2019 List of “World’s Most Admired Companies”, IQVIA has approx. 60,000 employees in more than 100 countries, dedicated to bringing our clients the best in creative problem solving, enabling healthcare companies to innovate with confidence, maximize opportunities, and ultimately drive healthcare forward.

In this seminar, Ahmed aims to interact with the audience, so they lead a seminar that fulfills their expectations. The audience will steer the presentation on understanding a career in consulting pharma companies, its challenges and rewards. Shall the audience decide, the seminar may shift to cover essential preparations for PhDs and Postdocs to have a career in consulting. Afterwards, Ahmed aims for an informal networking gathering to know more on current opportunities within IQVIA and to offer help and advice.

Date: Friday, 21 June 2019
Time: 14-16h
Location: ENI, seminar room ground floor, Griesebachstr. 5, 37077 Göttingen (please use the entrance from the lower parking area and not from the Griesebachstrasse); map

For organizational reasons please write a short email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de if you plan to attend.

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. The sessions also offer a platform to exchange experiences among each other.

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2019/05/28
by Christin Schröter
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Workshop “Career Planning”, 22-23 July 2019

We are happy to announce one of our new GAUSS Career Service workshops in 2019: “Career Planning” by Dr. Matthias Merkelbach.

What are my unique abilities and interests critical in determining the right career path for me? Can I combine my ideas about a fulfilled life with a university career? You will discuss about that and develop a strategy for embarking on an academic career path or other career choices. This workshop helps to answer this – and other – questions for all those who want to plan their career to develop strategically. 

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 July 2019
Duration: 2 days, 9-17 h
Location: GZMB building, seminar room 0.232
Trainer: Dr. Matthias Merkelbach
Target group: Postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students

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.

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2019/04/24
by Christin Schröter
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Workshop “Teams and Leadership”, 21-22 August 2019

This workshop helps postdoctoral researchers to train their impact to be a good leader, develop and support their co-workers, and learn how to maintain a successful team in science.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 August 2019
Duration: 2 days, 9:00-16:30h
Location: GZMB, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.233 (ground floor)
Trainer: Dr. Alexander Schiller, Schiller & Mertens, Jena

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

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2019/03/28
by Christin Schröter
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Workshop “Scientific Grant Writing”, 9-10 September 2019

This workshop helps postdoctoral scientists and late-stage PhD students who are considering to apply for research funding to improve their grant writing skills, learn how to structure and write a successful grant application and how to choose the right funding call.


Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 9-10 September 2019
Duration: 2 days, 9:00-16:30h
Location: GZMB, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)
Trainer: Dr. Alexander Schiller, Schiller & Mertens, Jena

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.

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2019/03/12
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Supervisory Practice and Leadership in Science”, 17-18 June 2019

Scientists often follow their vocation with enthusiasm and a high degree of intrinsic motivation. Who chooses an academic career, must be able to complete an increasingly complex package of tasks after the doctorate at the latest, juggling research, teaching, acquisition of third-party funds, participation in congresses, publishing, committee work, self-marketing & networking, etc. There is not necessarily an awareness of the responsibility, which the role as a leader brings with it. Often there is also a lack of role models for the orientation in relation to the personal leadership role or to one’s own leadership self-understanding.

For leadership success, it is important that managers in science and technology are aware of their leadership role and the accompanying circumstances as well as of the needs of their staff. In many working groups at universities people from different backgrounds, countries of origin and different cultural backgrounds work together. Successful intercultural communication in everyday management life requires a conscious approach to foreign cultures. A high Empathy, cultural sensitivity and the willingness to look at things differently to recognise and include are crucial for this.

Leadership means giving people orientation and motivating them to achieve defined goals by giving their best. Leadership succeeds not based on a particular recipe, but a complex process, which draws on personal experience as a manager and as a guided person. The development of leadership skills is dependent on context, situation and people involved. Due to the different and changing challenges, executives acquire an individual set of leadership skills and ability to establish an own leadership profile. Leadership will only be successful if the executive is willing to reflect on one’s own personality and situations from everyday management life and brings this experience responsibly and appropriately to the everyday leadership.

Date: Monday and Tuesday, 17-18 June 2019
Duration: 1.5 days; Monday, 17 June 2018, 14-18h and Tuesday, 18 June 2018, 9-17h
Location: GZMB, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)
Trainer: Dr. Silke Oehrlein-Karpi

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.

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