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Developing your research career

Course 2019-48

Tuesday, 10.12.2019, 09:30 -17.00 (Workshop)
Wednesday, 11.12.2019 (Coaching with individual appointments)

Venue: SFG 0340

Trainer: Dr. Martina van de Sand, Scholz CTC GmbH

Target Group:

The workshop addresses postdocs in the early career stage, but also in later stages, e.g. leaders of young
investigator groups, and junior professors. At max. 8 persons can participate.

Doctoral researchers who are interested in the topic are welcome to take part in our information event Funding Programmes for Postdocs on December 3rd.

As competition continues to increase both in Germany as well as internationally, researchers require to
develop their individual research profile. In this regard, third-party funding may play a crucial role in establishing
a successful research career. However, not all funding programs may be suitable to support the
career goals of an individual researcher.
At pivotal points of their careers, especially in transition periods between qualification phases, researchers
often feel the need to deliberate on their competencies and potential demands with regard to their research
profiles. Information on funding and career development as well as awareness on own strengths and interests
are key for taking informed decisions in order to balance various career options.
The workshop is will offer assistance with the further planning of one’s individual scientific career and the
development of one’s research profile, taking into account the strategic use of third party funding sources.


  1. Individual self-positioning and look ahead: Analysis of current status and (career) goals.
  2. The research system in Germany and Europe
  3. Typology of research funding and career development schemes
    (Selection of programmes is based on the participants’ documents which need to be provided
    collectively no later than 14 days prior the workshop. Confidential treatment in compliance with the
    EU General Data Protection Regulation will be guaranteed.)
  4. Analysis of the criteria and perspectives of the decision making bodies and the reviewers with regard
    to the selected strategic goals resp. funding programmes
  5. A) Preparation of a proposal abstract
    Individual draft, short presentation in the plenary and discussion in the plenary
    B) Alternatively: Current research profile and outline of a strategy for future development
    Individual draft, short presentation and discussion in the plenary
  6. Individual coaching sessions on the 2nd day


To book your place in this workshop (course number 2019-48), please fill out this registration form.

Trainer: Dr. Martina van de Sand

Dr. Martina van de Sand is a senior consultant and trainer at CTC Scholz GmbH. She has more than 20 years of experience in leading research management positions with a focus on internationalization and early career researchers.