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2021/01/13
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop “Grant Writing”, 29-30 March 2021

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

This workshop is intended for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers 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: Monday and Tuesday, 29-30 March 2021
Duration: 2 half-days, 9:30-13:00h
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
Over two half-days, 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.

2021/01/06
by Stefanie Klug
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Weekly online workshop: “Resilience Training for Researchers” (starting date: 8 February 2021)

This workshop is fully booked already. Sorry…

We are happy to announce our new online workshop “Resilience Training for Researchers” with Dr. Nadine Sinclair and Paul Sinclair.

Working in science and research can be highly rewarding but also extremely challenging. Pressure of competition, limited resources (be it time, be it funding), and conflicting situations almost belong to everyday life. In addition, ambition and aspiring perfection can lead to being too hard on yourself. It is no secret that all these factors may affect your well-being and mental health.

In this 9-week online program you are invited to learn strategies to cope with stress and pressure and how to make conscious lifestyle choices that support your physical and mental health. You will be able to create emotional self-awareness, develop your ability to regulate your emotions under pressure and learn techniques to help you push through personal and professional challenges without exhausting yourself.

  • Starting Date: Monday, 8 February 2021 (the workshop ends on 9 April 2021)
  • Duration: 9 consecutive Mondays, 16:00-17:30h
  • Target group: Postdoctoral scientist and PhD students who would like to learn techniques to better cope with stress (at work)
  • Workshop program: download here
  • Deadline for registration: 29 January 2021. 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.

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2020/12/15
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session “How to launch your own business?”, 22 January 2021

We are happy to announce our first GAUSS Career Impulse Session in 2021 co-hosted by the university’s start-up support “How to launch your own business?” with Dr. Ulrich Vetter (Nagl & Vetter GmbH) and Martin Stammann (start-up support, Göttingen University)

To start a successful career as entrepreneur is often thought to be closely linked with a sound business idea and a well working business model. However, when talking to venture capitalists it becomes obvious, that the personality of the founder, its team and its feeling for an appropriate timing is often much more relevant. Therefore, this impulse session sheds a spotlight on the personality of successful founders. During the last years in the realm of Göttingen University several successful start-ups were created involving scientists, alumni, and students of our university.

  • Date: 22 January 2021
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online session 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 speaker(s): Dr. Ulrich Vetter (Nagl & Vetter GmbH) studied Physics at Konstanz University and Cinese Language at Fudan University Shanghai. He did his PhD at Göttingen University on wide band gap semiconductors. He held various positions in teaching and research e.g. at  Marburg Univerity, TU Ilmenau, and HAWK Göttingen. He will give us a good insight in his career as successful founder. He explains what personal opportunities you can expect when approaching a market as an entrepreneur.

The session is moderated by Martin Stammann, leading manager of the start-up support / Gründungsförderung. Moreover, Martin will inform you what opportunities the “Gründungsförderung” provides for you on your personal way to become a successful entrepreneur.

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.

2020/11/12
by Stefanie Klug
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2-day online GCP Basic course (22 – 23 February 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.

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

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 22-23 February 2021
Duration: Monday: 9:00-16:30h; Tuesday: 9:00-12:30h
Location: The workshop will take place online!

Fees: The registration fee depends on your current status:

  • Enrolled students/PhD students pay 249€ (proof of enrollment needs to be provided!)
  • Postdocs pay 499€

By registering via the GAUSS Career Service a discount of 30€ for enrolled students and 130€ for Postdocs will be granted.

Postdocs also have the possibility to apply for “Bildungsprämie” for this workshop which covers 50% of the workshop fee (Bildungsprämie cannot be combined with the 130€ discount).

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/good-clinical-practice-course/

2020/11/05
by Stefanie Klug
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Online workshop “Exploring the Unknown – The Company World”, 16-17 February 2021

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshop “Exploring the Unknown – The Company World” by Dr. Gaby Schilling.

This workshop is designed for postdoctoral scientist and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry. Getting to know different departments and their functions in a company and reflect about whether related jobs could be a good fit for your interests and profile are the goals of this workshop.

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, 16-17 February 2021
Duration: Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 9:00-17:00h and Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 9:00-15:30h
Location: The workshop will take place online.
Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling

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:
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.

2020/11/05
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop “Leading Teams in Academia. Multiple Perspectives for Greater Awareness”, 14-15 January 2021

We are happy to announce our new GAUSS Career Workshop “Leading Teams in Academia. Multiple Perspectives for Greater Awareness” by Dr. Matteo Garavoglia.

What is leadership? Which roles do different individuals play within a team? What dynamics underpin effective team communication? Which tolls can one employ to provide more effective supervision? This workshop helps you to develop the tools to effectively answer some of these questions.

Dates: Thursday and Friday, 14-15 January 2021
Duration: Thursday – 9:00-18:00h; Friday – 9:00-16:00h
Location: The workshop will take place online.
Trainer: Dr. Matteo Garavoglia

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:

On the first day, participants are guided through a series of steps to

  • identify which leadership strategies might best suit the needs of the team
  • understand the different roles that individuals might play within a team
  • enhance their communication skills
  • address those issues that might influence the quality of supervision.

On the second day, participants will join the workshop one at the time for a tailor-made session with the trainer. Within this context, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the individual challenges that they are facing and to employ the skills learnt on the first day. By investing one day working with their colleagues on the first day and engaging in a one-to-one session with the trainer on the second day, participants will gain new and invaluable tools to address the challenges that late-stage PhD students and early-stage post-doctoral researchers inevitably face.

2020/10/06
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop “On your path towards professorship”, 7 and 8 or 9 December 2020

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Workshop “On your path towards professorship” by Silke Oehrlein-Karpi. This workshop is intended for postdoctoral scientists with at least one year postdoc experience pursuing an academic career and in the long term a professorship.

Date: Monday, 7 December 2020 (module I), Tuesday or Wednesday, 8 or 9 December 2020 (module II)
Duration: 2 half-days (9:00-13:00h)
Location: The workshop will take place online.
Trainer: 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.

Workshop description:

A profound basis of information is essential for postdocs on the path to professorship at a university in order to be comprehensively prepared to make the right decisions and to properly craft their academic career:

Start with an inventory regarding your previous academic achievements and take into account your individual competencies, interests and values. It is also crucial to explore formal and informal requirements in your particular field of research to be able to develop a promising strategy as early as possible: What will ultimately make you successful? What are relevant milestones you need to accomplish? What are structural boundaries or other hindrances? Who can support and promote you to become an academically independent and acknowledged senior researcher? What further aspects are important to keep an eye on?

The whole group will participates in module I of the workshop. Module II group coachings are going to take place in smaller subgroups at two following days. The trainer will send you a prework about 14 days before the workshop commences. With this guideline you can take a detailed look on your current portfolio of qualifications, skills, interests and values. During the workshop you get an overview about the various demands and options on the pathway to academic independence. During the group coaching units individual concerns based on your profiles and research contexts will be explored to identify the next concrete steps and strategies leading all the way up to the appointment process.