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2022/10/19
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Exploring the Unknown – The Company World”, 13-14 February 2023

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshop “Exploring the Unknown – The Company World” by Dr. Gaby Schilling.

This workshop is designed for postdoctoral scientists and late-stage PhD students who are currently applying or planning to apply for a position in industry. Getting to know different departments and their functions in a company and reflect about whether related jobs could be a good fit for your interests and profile are the goals of this workshop.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, 13-14 February 2023
Duration: Monday, 13 February 2023, 9:00-17:00h and Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 9:00-15:30h
Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
Trainer: Dr. Gaby Schilling

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:
PhD students and postdocs with a background in natural and social sciences are usually not educated in economic thinking. Sometimes they do not know how enterprises create values. Often they have no idea what different departments contribute to the company’s economic success. This lack of knowledge makes them feel insecure about their opportunities in fields aside from research and development. That is the reason why their applications are often not convincing. In this course, participants will learn about different roles and tasks in enterprises and how employees in different departments interact and depend on each other. Playing different roles enables participants to realize for themselves what is the most fun and what fits best to them.

2022/10/18
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (17 Feb 2023, 14:00-15:30) with Dr. Barbara Krüger (CureVac): “From a PhD in chemistry to process development for mRNA-based therapeutics”

We’re happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Impulse Sessions in the new year, this time with Dr. Barbara Krüger, Senior Scientist at CureVac.

  • Date: Friday, 17 February 2023
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online
  • Registration: Please write a short e-mail to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de if you plan to attend. The log-in data will be sent to registered participants.

About the speaker:

Barbara is an alumna from the IMPRS Physics of Biological and Complex Systems. She graduated in 2018 with a PhD in chemistry. During her PhD in the group of Prof. Ulf Diederichsen, she investigated the mechanism of SNARE-mediated membrane fusion by developing model peptides as SNARE protein analogues. In 2019, she moved to Glasgow, Scotland and stayed with Prof. Glenn Burley (University of Strathclyde) for a postdoc position, working on the synthesis and optimisation of gene-modulating agents intended for the treatment of mitochondria-inherited diseases. Since 2020, she has been working at CureVac SE (Tübingen, Germany) as a scientist in the process development department focussing on the purification of mRNA.

In this talk, Barbara will provide insight into her career path so far and will share her experiences on the transition from academia to industry.

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2022/10/17
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Interview Training for Postdocs”, 16-17 March 2023

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshop “Interview Training for Postdocs” by Christelle Linsenmann.

Are you currently working as Postdoc or finalizing your PhD? Do you plan to transition to a position outside of academia, potentially in industry, but you feel unprepared for searching and finding a new position? In this workshop, you will learn and practice career development strategies with a focus on leaving a great impression in your job interview.

Dates: Thursday and Friday, 16-17 March 2023
Duration: Thursday, 16 March 2023, 13-16h and Friday, 17 March 2023, 9-16h
Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
Trainer: Christelle Linsenmann

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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2022/10/16
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Third-party funding and proposal writing”, 20 March 2023

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshop “Third-party funding and proposal writing” by Dr. Neela Enke.

This workshop is intended for Postdocs and late-stage PhDs planning to apply for a research grant within the next 6 months.

  • Date: Monday, 20 March 2023, 9:30-17:00h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Trainer: Dr. Neela Enke
  • Workshop Category: Knowing the Job Market
  • Registration: Please register here (in case you are not registered yet) and send an email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop description

First of all, the workshop provides the applicants with an overview of the most important (national and
European) funding agencies and schemes in relation to the participants career stages. Participants will
also have the chance to look into interesting funding schemes in more detail.

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2022/10/15
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “Conscious leadership inside or outside academia: creating an environment for extraordinary team-work”, 18-19 April 2023

We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Service workshop “Conscious leadership inside or outside academia: creating an environment for extraordinary team-work” by Dr. Insa Flachsbarth.

The aim of this two-day workshop is to provide early career researchers with effective tools for actively stepping up into a 360° leadership position – i.e., leading in all directions (upward, downward, and lateral as well as oneself). The learnt skillset can be applied directly in their current position and prepares them for how to lead formally inside or outside of academia. One focus of this workshop will lie on how to lead (diverse) teams towards high innovation and complex problem-solving by creating the necessary conditions for it. For this purpose, the ontological model of leadership, the concept of psychological safety and the model of conscious leadership are introduced

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, 18-19 April 2023
Duration: 2 full days, 9-17h
Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
Trainer: Christelle Linsenmann

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:

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2022/02/05
by Stefanie Klug
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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (20 Jan 2023, 14:00-15:30) with Dr. Martin Helm (Vilua Healthcare GmbH): “From staining to training neural nets – Biologist turns Data Scientist”

We’re happy to announce our first GAUSS Career Impulse Sessions in the new year, this time with Head of Data Science Dr. Martin Helm from Vilua Healthcare GmbH.

  • Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online
  • Registration: Please write a short e-mail to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de if you plan to attend. The log-in data will be sent to registered participants.

About the speaker:

Martin Helm is an alumnus of the IMPRS Molecular Biology Research school. During his PhD, he worked on understanding synaptic transmission in the Neuro- and Sensory Physiology department of Prof. Silvio Rizzoli at the UMG. During this time, he performed microscopy and mass spectrometry analysis and developed software for data integration and image analysis, receiving his degree in 2019.

In 2020, he joined Miltenyi Biotec as a Data Scientist, working alongside 5000 colleagues to make cancer history. In this role, he developed software for the analysis of flow cytometry and clinical data, created reporting and dashboard tools as well as novel algorithms. In 2022, he moved to Vilua Healthcare GmbH to lead the Data Science team. Vilua’s vision is to use technology to help everybody live the healthiest life they can. To this end we develop mobile and web applications that give individual health recommendations. The data science team develops and maintains the central machine learning models powering these systems and provides analysis for healthcare insurances and industry customers. Martin is looking forward to share how he moved from a biological background into data science, his experiences working in large and very small companies as well as transitioning from an individual contributor to a team leader.

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2022/02/04
by Stefanie Klug
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Workshop “How to find your postdoctoral position”, 12-13 Jan 2023

We are happy to announce the first GAUSS Career Service workshop in 2023 “How to find your postdoctoral position” by Dr. Dagmar Sigurdardottir.

This workshop is intended for early postdocs and late-stage PhD students who are looking for their first or next postdoctoral position.

  • Dates: Thursday, 12 January 2023, 9:00-17:30h and Friday, 13 January 2023, 9:00-16:30h
  • Location: GZMB building, large seminar room 0.232, ground floor, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11 (map)
  • Target Group: Late-stage doctoral students looking for a Postdoc position
  • Trainer: Dr. Dagmar Sigurdardottir
  • Workshop Category: Knowing and Marketing Yourself
  • Registration: Please register here (in case you are not registered yet) and send an email to career@gauss.uni-goettingen.de including a short statement on your motivation to attend the workshop.

Workshop description

Post-doctoral positions are usually not that hard to get but finding the right one that can firmly establish a professional career is really challenging. At the same time, scientists towards the end of their PhD don’t have a lot of time to spend on the search for the right post-doctoral position. Therefore, this workshop provides a compact overview of relevant aspects and the opportunity to explore one’s own preferences. Specifically, participants learn to define their own criteria for a successful post-doctoral position, develop their targeted search and application strategy, assess the relative benefit of post-doctoral grants and prepare to harness the full potential of their post-doc interview.

By participating in workshop, you will be learn to

  • define goals for a satisfying postdoctoral position
  • identify sources of information about potential postdoctoral hosts
  • select an appropriate application strategy
  • prepare for a postdoctoral job interview
  • develop personal criteria for the best offer