Career development workshops

 

 

How (not) to become a scientist in a biopharmaceutical company

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Coordinator: 
Sibylle Patheiger
Content: 

His presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A-session.
Jörg will be available for one-on-one sessions after the official talk (ca.16:30).

 

Please note: the Zoom link for this talk will be sent to all participants at 12pm on 28 January!

 

About the tutor: 
Jörg Braun studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and performed his thesis research on microRNA-mediated mRNA-degradation in the laboratory of Prof. Elisa Izaurralde in the Department of Biochemistry at the MPI for Developmental Biology. He completed his PhD in 2012 and was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal and the Karl Lohmann Prize. For his postdoctoral research on the single-molecule analysis of human pre-mRNA splicing he went as EMBO and HFSPO fellow to the laboratory of Prof. Melissa Moore at the RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, US. In 2018 he joined CureVac AG in Tübingen as Scientist in the Enabling Technologies group and leads the project “RNA innovations”.

Careers in Research

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Coordinator: 
Sibylle Patheiger
Description: 
Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt and John Weir will share their insight in a career in research and how they came to the positions they are holding. This will include: • What life is like as a Professor at a university compared to a Scientist/Department leader in Industry • What does it mean to be an independent group leader at a research Institute
Content: 

The presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A-session in breakout rooms.

John will be available for one-on-one sessions.

If you are interested, please get in touch via courses@tuebingen.mpg.de

 

About the tutor: 
--> Prof. Dr. Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt did her PhD at the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the university of Bonn. After this she held positions in industry at Bayer HealthCare and AiCuris GmbH & Co.KG (co-founder). The next step in her career was the professorship for Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Düsseldorf. Since 2014 she is holding a full professorship at the university of Tübingen and is head of the IMIT. --> Dr. John Weir started his career as research assistant at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge (UK). He did his PhD at the EMBL Heidelberg and the MPI for Biochemistry in Martinsried. To move on in science he went for a postdoc position at the MPI for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund. Since 2017 John has been an independent group leader at the FML Tübingen.

Starting a career in project management - a story of chance, necessity and passion

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Coordinator: 
Sibylle Patheiger
Description: 
Davide will talk about “Starting a Career in Project Management - a Story of Chance and Necessity and Passion”.
Content: 

Davide will be available for one-on-one sessions. His presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A-session.

If you are interested in a one-on-one session, please get in touch via courses@tuebingen.mpg.de

About the tutor: 
Dr. Davide Faggionato is Laboratory and Project Manager at the Institute for Experimental Virology at TWINCORE HZI, Hannover (Germany). Davide studied Plant Biotechnology in Padua (Italy) and did his PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He moved on to work as a postdoc/laboratory manager at the Emory and Iowa State Universities /US before joining the Helmholtz Institute for Infection Research in Braunschweig as executive officer and coordinator. Since November 2019 he has been working as Laboratory and Project Manager at the Institute for Experimental Virology (TWINCORE), Hannover.

Working in Science Communication

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Coordinator: 
Sibylle Patheiger
Description: 
Mia von Scheven will give a short introduction about her personal education and career in the field of life sciences and how she moved from there into science communication.
Content: 

I will give a short introduction about my personal education and career in the field of life sciences and how I moved from there into science communication.

I have worked in science communication for over 8 years now, in the UK and in Germany. Giving various examples you will get an idea how broad the field of science communication can be as well as what the differences are working in the UK and in Germany.

I will give some insights into the skills and the profile they are looking for when going into an interview and will discuss some hints and advice how to start moving towards a career in science communication.

I hope to see you there and having a lively discussion which may give you a clearer picture what is out there for you!

 

Please find the login data for this Zoom Meeting in the "Resource" section as a download document.

 

About the tutor: 
Mia von Scheven , Press Officer, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Introduction to Career Planning

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Capacity: 
8
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
After years of academic training, it is hard to imagine what life in the working world would be like and which career might be a good fit. This workshop will quick-start your journey towards your next career step by helping you assess what skills you already have, explore what you are looking for in a job and determine what the professional world has to offer.
Content: 

The following topics are covered in brief presentations, exercises and discussions:

  • What a Bioscience PhD is worth in the non-academic world
  •  Your professional strengths and personal preferences
  •  Your career vision
  •  Reality check – what are jobs really like
  • Your next steps

This workshop can be used to fulfill the requirement for participation in the Application Skills workshop.

About the tutor: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir is the coordinator of the Tuebingen International PhD Program at the MPI for Developmental Biology.

Application Skills for Jobs in the Industry (2 days)

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Level: 
Advanced
Capacity: 
12
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
You are a scientist interested in making a career switch into the business world? In this two-day workshop we will discuss the opportunities of the labor market for academics beyond research-based jobs and how to best apply. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 9th June, 10am!
Methods: 

As this workshop is very hands-on, we will optimize your CV or portfolio individually and practice mock job interviews, so, afterwards, you are ready to start your own job hunt and find your dream job in the industry.

PLEASE NOTE:
Since this workshop focuses specifically on getting the job of your choice, rather than identifying what career you might be interested in, participation in a “Introduction to Career Planning” or “Career Planning” workshop is a prerequisite. If you have not taken either of these workshops, please contact the course coordinator.

About the tutor: 
Yvonne Brockhaus has a Master's degree in psychology and political science. She has held multiple positions in human resources management in the Netherlands, the US and South Africa. Before becoming an independent business trainer, she was head of the Welcome Center of the Chamber of Commerce in Reutlingen.
Objectives: 
You will discover how to “translate” your skills into the business language and format specific for your career goal. You will also learn about common pitfalls when applying as an academic in private enterprise. Last but not least, you will get to know relevant players and helpdesks for your job search, as well as possible employers in our region and beyond.

Introduction to Career Planning

Target group: 
PhD students
Postdocs
Level: 
Beginners
Capacity: 
6
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
This workshop will quick-start your journey towards your next career step. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 9th June, 10am!
Content: 

The following topics are covered in brief presentations, exercises and discussions:
•    What a Bioscience PhD is worth in the non-academic world
•    Your professional strengths and personal preferences
•    Create career visions
•    Reality check – what are jobs really like
This workshop can be used to fulfill the requirement for participation in the Application Skills workshop.

About the tutor: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir is the coordinator of the Tuebingen International PhD Program at the MPI for Developmental Biology.

Career Planning for Bioscience PhDs (2 days) POSTPONED; DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Target group: 
General
Level: 
Beginners
Capacity: 
6
Coordinator: 
Dagmar Sigurdardottir
Description: 
This workshop will help you get started on the path towards your next career goal, irrespective of which direction you wish to take.
Content: 

The following topics are covered in brief presentations and extenbsive hands-on exercises

  • What Bioscience PhD means outside the academic world
  • Finding your professional strengths and personal preferences
  • Create career visions
  • Reality check – what jobs are really like
  • Selecting the next steps

Faculty Recruitment at German Universities (2 days)

Target group: 
Postdocs
Capacity: 
12
Coordinator: 
Tina Peart
Description: 
Participants will learn the single steps of the selection process of professors in Germany (Berufungsverfahren). They will learn how to prepare their written application, their presentation, the discussion with the committee and – if needed – the teaching test. --> This workshop will take place online - Registration is open until 22nd June!
Content: 


·      What is the German way to select professors for universities? What is the legal background for these processes?

·      What is the difference between Juniorprofessor, Tenure-Professorships, and W2 and W3-professorships?

·      How should I read and interpret job offers for professorships?

·      What are the usual parts of the written application? How could I structure it?

·      How do I prepare the presentation? What are the special difficulties if the audience is composed of professors, students and PostDocs?

·      How should I act in the discussion with the committee?

·      How to prepare the teaching test?

·      How could I deal with difficult situations?

·      Outlook: if they take me: how to prepare the negotiations concerning working conditions and salary?

We will practice the discussion and the presentation or whatever is most relevant for the group. Participants will have the opportunity to practice one of these two parts in the role “applicant”. Therefore, you are asked to bring some slides with you, which show your actual research. If you have already prepared a written application or parts of it for a (Junior-)Professorship, you are invited to bring it with you to the course and to receive feedback by the other participants and by the lecturer.


About the tutor: 
Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf is a coach and trainer for scientists. He is cofounder of karriereberatung-akademiker.de and has been responsible for accompanying the process of appointing professors (Berufungsverfahren) at Jena University for several years.