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2021/04/20
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session “From Research to Sales, Marketing & Medical Affairs”, 18 June 2021

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Impulse Session with Dr. Markus Strasser (Merck):

Markus is an alumni from our Molecular Biology MSc/PhD program. He performed his doctoral thesis in the Zebrafish lab of Prof. Erez Raz at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and finished his PhD in 2007. After his PhD he started his professional career in Switzerland as a sales representative for the oncology portfolio at Sanofi-Aventis. After 2,5 years he switched to Merck and moved to marketing as a Product Manager Oncology. In 2016 he was promoted to lead the Swiss Oncology unit as Business Unit Director Oncology, leading the marketing and sales team. In 2019 he got the opportunity to move to a headquarter position as marketing director for a new oncology product to prepare the global launch. Now he is back in Switzerland where he changed from a commercial into a medical role as Manager Medical Strategy & Operations. In this function he oversees all medical affair activities across different therapeutic areas.

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

  • Date: 18 June, 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 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.

2021/04/13
by Stefanie Klug
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Online workshop: “A Career in Academia”, 3-4 + 8 June 2021

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service online 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: 3-4 June and 8 June 2021
Duration: Thursday and Friday, 3-4 June 2021, 9:30-13:00h online module I and II plus one shorter offline module in the afternoon on each day; Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 9:30-13:00h , online module III
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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2021/04/13
by Stefanie Klug
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Online workshop “Job Hunting and Application Skills”, 12 and 21 July 2021

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service virtual 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, 12 July 2021, Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Duration: 1.5 days – Monday, 12 July 2021, 13-18h and Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 9-16h
Location: online via Zoom
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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2021/03/08
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop “Career Planning: What are my further career movements”, 10-11 May 2021

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshops: “Career Planning” 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 online workshop helps to answer this – and other – questions for all those who want to plan their career development strategically. 

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 10-11 May 2021
Location: The workshop will take place online.
Duration: 10 May 2021 (9.00-11.30: group phase I; 14.00-17.30: group phase II); 11 May 2021 (09:00-11:15: group phase III; 14.00-18.00 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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2021/01/27
by Stefanie Klug
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Online workshop “Supervisory Practice and Leadership in Science”, 26-27/28 April 2021

This hands-on workshop can provide significant insights in terms of supervisory work to Postdocs who want to improve their leadership skills.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 26-27/28 April 2021
Duration: 2 half-days (!), Monday: 9:00-13:30h (full group); Tuesday: 9:00-12:00h (group A); Wednesday: 9:00-12:00h (group B)
Location: The workshop will take place online. Log-in data will be provided to registered participants in due time.
Trainer: Dr. 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 focus

Through self-assessment instruments, group discussions, and a series of interactive exercises and activities, you and your colleagues will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise when supervising students and/or technicians.

This online workshop promotes awareness of the participants’ own leadership profile and offers new approaches to explore. Since leadership styles are highly individual and situational, the coach does not judge styles as “good” or “bad,” but provides a nonjudgmental yet structured environment in which participants can discover what works for them.

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2021/01/27
by Stefanie Klug
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Online Workshop: “Fast Forward – The Ultimate Productivity System for Researchers” (Online course, starting 19 April 2021)

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.

  • Start Date: Monday, 19 April 2021
  • Information event via Zoom: 6 April 2021: 14-14:30 h, registered participants will receive invitation to Zoom meeting beforehand
  • Duration: 7 consecutive weeks with weekly Q&A session on Wednesdays at 17:00h
  • 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 by 9 April 2021.

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

  • 7 results-oriented implementation modules
  • a private social media community
  • 12 downloadable workbooks & templates
  • 7 weekly live Q&A coaching sessions with the trainer Nadine Sinclair. Please note: If you miss more than one of the Q&A sessions you will neither receive a certificate nor any credits.

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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.