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2022/01/24
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (20 May 2022, 14-15:30h) with Dr. Cindy Wechsler (Pfizer): “From positive read-out to worldwide supply – how the pandemic changed industry practices” – hybrid event!

We are 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.

In this session Cindy will be sharing insights on her career steps and her experience. Of course, questions from your side are more than welcome.

Please note that the talk will be a hybrid event this time! This is the first time since the pandemic that we could invite a speaker to come back to Göttingen and we are very happy to have the opportunity to see you face-to-face again.

If you cannot make it to the event in-person, but would still like to join you have the chance to attend online as well!

Due to the limited number of people who can be there in person, it is not possible to show up spontaneously. You would need to check with us first and can only come when your participation in person is confirmed.

If you are interested to attend the session, please write a short e-mail to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de and please state if you want to join the talk in-person or online.

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2022/01/23
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Career Planning”, 23-24 May 2022

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshops: “Career Planning- What are my further career movements” 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 career outside of university and academia? How can I develop a strategy for embarking on a non-academic career path?

This workshop helps to answer this – and other – questions for all those who want to plan their career development strategically. 

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 23-24 May 2022
Location: Large Seminar room, Foyer building of the MPI-nat, Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen
Duration: Monday: 9:00-17:00h, Tuesday: individual coaching sessions
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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2022/01/22
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (3 June 2022, 14:00-15:30) with Dr. Ole Frister (Bayer): “Lost in translation – From In publica commoda to Science for a better life”

We’re happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Impulse Sessions, this time with Dr. Ole Frister from Bayer AG.

About the speaker: Ole is an alumnus of the “Biomolecules: Structure – Function – Dynamics” program and former students’ representative of the GGNB. In his PhD Thesis in the lab of Prof. Dr. Marina Rodnina at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, he studied the binding and catalytic dynamics of Elongation Factor P during translation. He received his doctoral degree in 2018. 

Before joining GGNB, Ole studied in Hannover, Göttingen and Cambridge mainly focusing on broad spectra of natural products and their application. After defending his thesis, Ole joined the Bayer AG as trainee in the Internation Future Leadership Programm in product supply, during which he gathered on-site experience in Germany, Switzerland, US and Italy. In his current role he supports the company vision of “Health for all, hunger for none” as quality assurance manager in the area biologic development. His work consists of a mixture of project management, strategic quality improvements measures, QA-oversight of biotech facitilties, hands-on troubleshooting and lots of fire fighting.

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2022/01/21
by Stefanie Klug
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Online workshop: “A Career in Academia”, 14-15 June 2022

We are happy to announce our next online GAUSS Career Service workshop “A Career in Academia” by Dr. Neela Enke.

Am I suited for a career in academia? And what does it take to become a professor? Are there alternatives? These questions are crucial for scientists throughout their postdoc phase. This workshop gives an overview on how a career in academia can be achieved and which parameters are relevant for strategic career development in the (German) academic system.

Dates: 14-15 June 2022
Duration: Tuesday and Wednesday, 14-15 June 2022, 9:30-17:00h
Location: online
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.

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2022/01/20
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Job Hunting and Application Skills”, 4-5 July 2022

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service in-person workshop “Job Hunting and Application Skills” by Gaby Schilling.

Target group: Postdoctoral scientists and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry or other areas outside academia.

Goal: Becoming familiar with all steps involved in the application process.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 4-5 July 2022
Duration: 1.5 days – Monday, 13:00-18:00h; Tuesday, 9:00-16:00h
Location: Large seminar room 0.232 of the GZMB building, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, 37077 Göttingen (map)
Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling

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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2022/01/08
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Conflict Management”, 26 April 2022 – POSTPONED!

We are happy to announce our first in-person workshop this year – “Conflict Management” by Dr. Neela Enke.

Dates: Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Duration: 1 day (9:30-17:00h)
Location: Large Seminar room, Foyer building of the MPI-nat, Am Fassberg 11, 37077 Göttingen
Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke

*** This workshop had to be postponed. The new date will be announced as soon as possible! ***

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.

2022/01/07
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop: “Fast Forward – The Ultimate Productivity System for Researchers” (7-week course, starting 25 April 2022)

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, 25 April 2022, 10-11:30h
  • Information event via Zoom: 8 April 2022: 14:00-14:30h, registered participants will receive invitation to Zoom meeting beforehand
  • Duration: 7 consecutive weeks with weekly Q&A session on Wednesdays, 17:00-18:00h
  • 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): Friday, 15 April 2022; for PhD students: please register via StudIP

Pre-requisites
This training is for you if you can attend all live Q&A sessions, have a project that you can work on during the course, are ready to roll up your sleeves to work with the tools and techniques and willing to engage with the trainers and your peers on these topics.
This training is not for you if you are just looking for information on personal productivity and project management, cannot take the time to attend the live Q&A sessions and implement the techniques, or are unwilling to engage in discussions with others.
Ideally the project should last at least 3 months from the beginning of the course and at minimum 8 weeks. Your project of choice should have a professional context – it can be a research project, writing a paper/thesis, literature search to define a project, job search or similar. 

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

  • Weekly pre-recorded lectures to watch at your own pace
  • Weekly 1-hour live Q&A session via Zoom video conference hosted by the trainer Nadine Sinclair to answer your questions ( Please note: If you miss more than one of the Q&A sessions you will neither receive a certificate nor any credits.)
  • Self-study workbooks and templates to help you implement the techniques in your projects with actionable feedback on weekly course assignments on a dedicated private community platform
  • Private community that allows you to interact with peers and exchange additional resources
  • Personal Productivity Score assessment at the beginning and end of the course
  • average workload per week: approximately 3-4h

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