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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:


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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!
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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?
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by Christin Schröter

Workshop “Grant Writing for Natural and Life Scientists”, 13-14 July 2017

We are happy to invite you to our workshop “Grant Writing for Natural and Life Scientists” with Dr. Christina Schütte. The aim of this course is to familiarize participants with the strategies for writing successful grant applications to various funding bodies (BMBF, DFG). The corresponding funding principles will be exemplified in exercises for preparing work plans and writing abstracts for grant applications.

Workshop dates: Thursday, 13 July (9-17h) – Friday, 14 July (9-17h)
Place: MPI-bpc, Foyer building, small seminar room (Am Fassberg 11, ground floor, to the left from entrance)
Trainer: Dr. Christina Schütte
Duration: 2 full days

Registration: To register, please write an email, including a short statement on your motivation to join the workshop (Why this workshop?) to


  • General points to consider when writing a grant application
  • Structuring a story
  • General points on good scientific writing
  • The different parts of a grant application and their contents
  • Strategies for successful grant applications: What information is necessary, how and where should it be presented?
  • Differences between different funding bodies and funding principles (stress on DFG-, BMBF- and EU-funding)
  • Common mistakes in grant applications and how to avoid them
  • Analysis of grant abstracts provided by the participants (optional)
  • Exercises for writing a grant abstract and for structuring a work plan

Requirements for participation:

The course is aimed at postdocs and late-stage PhD students in the natural and life sciences who are currently preparing or will recently prepare a grant application.

Participants will be asked to prepare a short “mini-grant application” (4 pages + scientific CV) as pre-work for the course which has to be submitted about one week before the workshop – please take this into consideration when planning to participate in this course.

These mini-grant applications will be evaluated by other participants individually before the course and in an evaluation session within the course. Each participant will also evaluate 3-4 proposals by others in the 4-5 days before course start. This will provide extensive feedback for all participants on their applications, but most importantly, will provide a clear impression of the situation and the view of potential evaluators.

After registration, you will get more detailed information about the pre-work and the “mini-grant application”.

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by Christin Schröter

EMBL Career Day 2017, Heidelberg, 20 July 2017

Organised by EICAT (PhD and Postdoctoral Programmes) together with EMBLEM, the Career Day provides an overview of non-academic career possibilities for scientists from all EMBL sites and the local scientific community.

Career Day 2017 will take place on 20 July 2017, 9:30-16:30 and has the theme “influence”. It will feature roles in which non-academic scientists can influence the future of science, whether that be through science policy, science communication, supporting the next generation of scientists, or steering innovation in industry.

Attendance is free, but potential participants are asked to register by 1 July using the online registration form.

As an added feature to the Career Day it is possible to have a CV check by the company Course Resource. If this is of interest to you please indicate this on the registration form.

For further information on the location and how to get there as well as the provisional program click here!

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by Christin Schröter

Ribbon Synapse Symposium and Course on “Fundamental Principles of Sensory Processing”, 11-13 September 2017

Please see below for the call of the organizers:

Dear everyone,

On behalf of all the organizers it is our pleasure to invite you to the upcoming Ribbon Synapses Symposium (RSS) 2017, a specialized international conference to be held in Göttingen, Germany on 11-12 September 2017. 

The meeting is jointly organized by the two Collaborative Research Centers SFB 889 “Cellular Mechanisms of Sensory Processing” and SFB 894 “Ca2+ Signaling: Molecular Mechanisms and Integrative Functions” and will be hosted at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine. 

This meeting aims to not only bring together experts in the field, who will present and discuss novel data and provide a detailed overview of the current state of the art of ribbon synapse research, but additionally provide a platform for young scientists to present their work in form of either an oral presentation and/or a poster. 

Ribbon Synapses Symposium 2017
Date: 11-12 September 2017
Location: Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen

Registration for short talks is open until 1 July 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further and up-to-date information:

The current program and poster are attached. 

In addition to the RSS2017, the students course “Fundamental Principles of Sensory Processing” will be held subsequently on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Please note that a separate registration will be required:

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Christian Vogl ( and Prof. Dr. Carolin Wichmann ( 

With best regards

Susann Müller

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by Christin Schröter

Information event on how to apply for MSCA Individual Fellowships on 14 June 2017

With the Individual Fellowships (IF) programme, the European Commission supports individual scientific careers by funding mobility opportunities, research and training.

Under the 2017 call, EUR 248.7 million are foreseen to fund IF projects. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 14 September 14 2017.

Click here to see the official Call for Applications.

In order to inform and prepare applicants for the open call, KoWi (European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations) and the International Office of the University of Göttingen offer an information event on the MSCA Individual Fellowships on 14 June 2017.

At this event, speakers will introduce the most relevant aspects of the IF call 2017 and provide tips on writing a proposal. In addition, an MSCA fellow and an evaluator will present their personal experiences. The event targets researchers from Germany and abroad planning to conduct an IF project at a German host institution as well as at administrative staff involved in proposal submission and management.

Registration for the information event will be open from 19 April 2017 until two weeks prior to the event:

If you have questions concerning the fellowships or the information event, please contact Ricarda Blumentritt from the International Office



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