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Course description

Nr. 808.01

Pursuing an Academic Career in Germany


16th March 2023, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Individual coaching sessions: 17th March 2023
Location Online

Target group

PhD students and postdocs from all faculties (international researchers are addressed in particular)
Language English

Group size

max. 12 participants


Careers in academia are both attractive and risky. This workshop allows you to deepen your understanding of the German academic labour market and to reflect upon the opportunities and challenges involved in national and international academic careers. It also provides you with an opportunity to plan the next steps of your own career.

The aspects covered include:

  • Which specificities of the German academic labour market should doctoral students and postdocs be aware of?
  • Why is aiming for a professorship so important in the German academic system? How do selection procedures for professorships work?
  • How do I deal with the risks involved in an academic career?
  • What are the different career paths in the postdoc phase? What are their respective advantages and drawbacks?
  • How international is the German labour market? How important is international experience and how do I put it to use?
  • What are the achievements to aim for? How do I develop my scientific profile?
  • What can I do to become aware of more career options?
  • What are my next steps?

The coaching sessions on day 2 complement the workshop and allow for a more detailed discussion of individual questions and challenges. Time slots for the coaching sessions will be arranged in the workshop.

Trainer Dr. Matthias Zach
Trainers background

Dr. Matthias Zach counsels researchers and scientists on all relevant aspects of their career. Trained in philosophy and literary studies in Tübingen, Oxford and Paris, he has completed a binational PhD at the Sorbonne and the University of Tübingen. His previous work experience includes several posts as researcher and science manager in Britain, France and Germany.

Registration deadline

2 weeks before the start of the event.

On the day of the registration deadline we decide on the basis of the registrations whether an event can take place or not. Therefore, please register promptly if you are interested! The more registrations we receive, the more certain we can hold the event. Of course, you can still register after the registration deadline if there are still places available.


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