GGNB Career Blog

Career Information and Announcements

by Christin Schröter

Maria Reiche Support Programme for female Postdocs

The Maria Reiche support programme offers support to female Postdocs working towards their habilitation at TU Dresden. TU Dresden launched the programme with the aim to improve equal opportunity for early-career female scientists at TU Dresden on their way to a professorship.

Application deadline: 30 August 2017

The funding period is 18 months with the opportunity for an extension of max. further 6 month after positive evaluation. If the application for third-party funding is approved before this deadline passes, funding terminates when the agreement with the sponsored candidate in the project comes into effect.

Depending on the Postdoc’s application, funding is either used to fund a half- or full-time post (TV-L13, in exceptional cases up to E 14 TV-L) or can be paid out as a grant. The grant total is in accordance with the current DFG funding guidelines.

Rate this post

by Christin Schröter

“Kurswechsel-Konferenz” for female doctoral students and Postdocs, 28 September 2017, Frankfurt am Main

See below for the announcement of an interesting career conference for young female scientist (German speaking event) titled “Kurswechsel-Konferenz”:

Unsere Wissensgesellschaft braucht hervorragend ausgebildete Frauen, und hervorragend ausgebildete Frauen brauchen Chancen und Orte, ihr Wissen und Können einzubringen, auch außerhalb der Universität! Um diese Brücke zu schlagen, veranstalten wir die innovative Karrierekonferenz „Kurswechsel“ für (Post-)Doktorandinnen, am 28. September 2017 auf dem Campus Westend der Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

„Kurswechsel“  ist eine Kooperation der Goethe-Universität und Mentoring Hessen mit dem Koordinationsbüro „Frauen mit Format“, GRADE -Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers-, dem Exzellenzcluster „Normative Orders“ und dem Gleichstellungsbüro der Goethe-Universität.

Vielfältige Konferenzformate (wie Expertenrunden, Workshops, Job Speed Dating, Lunch Talks) ermöglichen ein gegenseitiges Kennenlernen zwischen (Post-)Doktorandinnen und VertreterInnen aus Wirtschaft, Industrie, außeruniversitärer Forschung und vielen weiteren Bereichen.


Rate this post

by Christin Schröter

Career Impulse Session with Annette Denker, Consultant at McKinsey, 21 July 2017, 15-17h

We are happy to invite you to another Career Impulse Session this time with Dr. Annette Denker from McKinsey & Company in Düsseldorf.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2017
Time: 15-17h
Location: European Neuroscience Institute, ground floor, large seminar room 0.55/0.56

After the talk, Annette will take some time to answer your individual questions and you will have a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics.

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

Information about the speaker:

Annette Denker completed her Bachelor in Molecular Biotechnology in 2007 at the University of Heidelberg. She then joined the MSc/PhD program Molecular Biology in Göttingen, where she performed her PhD thesis in the group of Silvio Rizzoli, focusing on the recycling of synaptic vesicles in vivo. After her PhD, Annette did two postdocs in the field of nuclear organization and DNA architecture, the first at the Salk Institute for Biological studies in La Jolla, California, and the second at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, The Netherlands. She has been working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., Inc. since September 2016.

3 10 votes

by Christin Schröter

Call for registration: Third Infinity Conference, 9-11 October 2017

Ob behalf of the organizers, we would like to draw your attention to the “Third Infinity Conference” organized by the GGNB Program IMPRS for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems (PBCS) and taking place from 9-11 October 2017 at the Manfred-Eigen Lecture Hall of the Max Planck Campus, Göttingen.

The focus of the conference is Physics of Biological and Complex Systems, and we aim to cover diverse topics on the field. Invited speakers for the conference are

  • Computational Biophysics – Modesto Orozco, Institute for Research in Biomedicine
  • Neuroimmunology – Hartmut Wekerle, Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology
  • Mechanosensing – Eugene Terentjev, University of Cambridge
  • Single Molecule Spectroscopy – Ben Schuler, University of Zurich
  • Optogenetics – Marco Mongillo, The Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine
  • Protein Mechanics – Neel S. Joshi, Harvard University
  • Active Matter – Eberhard Bodenschatz, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation
  • Complex Network/Liquid Crystals – Carl Modes, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Keynote – Reinhard Jahn, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

The deadline for registration and abstract submission is 1 August 2017.

To register, click here.

Rate this post

by Christin Schröter

2 Job Openings at Merck KGaA in Darmstadt

Our alumna Dr. Cathrin Enke from the GGNB program “Molecular Biology of Cells”, who now is the director of the strategic Product Management Group “Analytical Point-of-Use” at Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, has asked us to forward these job offerings in her team:


Rate this post

by Christin Schröter

International Career Workshop for Postdocs “Cross-Border Postdoctoriales”, 6-9 November 2017 – Call for Applications

You are currently working in a research institute in Germany, France or Luxemburg, your fixed-term contract is about to end and you are wondering what to do next? You are looking for a job or you have just come back from your research stay abroad? You follow your spouse who has just found a job in one of the three countries?

Be part of the third cross-border Postdoctoriales that are organized from 6 to 9 November 2017 by the Franco-German University, ABG, the Luxemburg National Research Funds (FNR), the Luxemburg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxemburg Institute for Socio-Economic Research (LISER), the Luxemburg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the University of Luxemburg.

This workshop is the perfect opportunity to take some time to think about your professional identity, your wishes, to understand the recruitment process and recruiters’ expectations in different countries, to discover new career paths and develop your network by meeting professionals.


  • discover new career paths outside of public research
  • have a better overview of the job market in all three countries
  • achieve a better understanding of HR policies for researchers
  • develop and maintain a professional network
  • better communicate on professional profile, background and skills, considering differences between cultures and countries

CLICK HERE to download the registration form. Registration is open until June 23!
Continue Reading →

Rate this post

by Christin Schröter

Career Impulse Session with IT Consultant Jens Nullmeier, 19 June 2017, 16-18h

We are happy to invite you to another Career Impulse Session titled “Should I become an IT Consultant?” with Dr. Jens Nullmeier from Xenium AG in Munich.

Date: Monday, 19 June 2017
Time: 16-18h
Location: GZMB building, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11, seminar room 0.232 (ground floor)

After the talk, Jens Nullmeier will take some time to answer your individual questions and you will have a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics.

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

Information about the speaker:

Dr. Jens Nullmeier studied Mathematics at the FU Berlin and Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse.

During his work as a PhD researcher at the Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, he worked on spatial effects on evolutionary dynamics far from equilibrium in the workgroup of Oskar Hallatschek.

In 2014, he started working as IT consultant at Xenium AG in Munich.

During his talk he will provide insight into the transition from science to IT consulting and share some of his experiences with his current projects. In particular, he will discuss the following questions:

  • Software development in science and industry: What are the differences?
  • What are Central IT-Challenges in the (German) industry?
  • Technical skills vs. social skills: What is more important in consulting?
Rate this post