While principal investigators as well as participants of the PostDoc Plus program are welcome to participate in the regular GSLS Transferable Skills workshops, this program is tailored to the needs of a doctoral researcher. The Workshop Plus program offers workshops for experienced researchers. Potential topics might include (but are not limited to) grant writing, interview training, project management, leadership, conflict management, financial management or career building. If you have a suggestion for a specific workshop topic, please contact the scientific coordinator of the GSLS Dr. Juliane Fiebig.
Currently, the following workshops are planned:
The actual supervision of PhD students is in many cases done by PostDocs or early career researchers. This work, when successfully done, is without doubt the key to success for any academic career, and at the same time can be a very rewarding experience.
Nevertheless, especially for an early career independent researcher, this can be a highly challenging task, which raises several questions.
The exchange of experience and problem-solving approaches constitute the seminar. It is of utmost importance to discuss and work on the problems you actually encounter. Furthermore, input will be given on the legal background, time- and self-management principles, and the peculiarities of a PhD in the Life Sciences and in structured PhD programs like the GSLS. (description by Prof. Decker) more
Trainer: Prof. Dr. Michael Decker
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: probably via ZOOM
Attaining a postdoc position not only means running your own independent research project. Quite often it also means being responsible for a small team and therefore requires leadership competencies. While some researchers consider supervising a team as „administrative work“ we define it as possibility to motivate team members, to increase team performance and this way to obtain better results for your research project. This workshop is a mixture of theoretical input and practical exercises that equip participants with first insights and skills needed to lead a team. It covers different aspects of a leadership role: relationships with employees, communication and task management, and personal leadership style.
Trainer: Dr. Jan Schmidt
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: via ZOOM