How to become a professor? Planning and optimizing your academic career

Course 2023-33

Date: 26.10.2023

Venue: online

Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Trainer: Dr. Dieta Kuchenbrandt, Leipzig


Eine Lehrende spricht vor Zuhörern im vollen Hörsaal.

The postdoc years are essential for academic career development. During this period, scientists are often torn between conflicting priorities of intellectual independence, on the one hand, and meeting professional obligations towards their employers, on the other hand. Postdocs are expected to develop an independent publication record, apply for external funding, create a distinct research profile, build a teaching portfolio, communicate their research, build a network, undertake research stays abroad, etc. etc. Which of these tasks are particularly important? What are the top priorities? Which time frame is appropriate and compatible with my personal private priorities? How important is the habilitation?
The first part of the seminar will be dedicated to learning about and evaluating the various requirements for a long-term career in academia (Focus: Germany). Based on this, you will review your current academic profile. Following this reflection, you will develop and specify your next goals and the major steps towards qualifying for a long-term academic career.


To book your place in this workshop (course number 2023-33), please fill out this registration form.


Dieta Kuchenbrandt studied Psychology at the University of Greifswald, where she also completed her PhD in 2010. She then had a postdoc position at the Center of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC, Bielefeld University) and was a visiting professor for Social Psychology at the University of Osnabrück. In addition, she completed a two-year training program in management consulting and coaching (Deutsche Psychologenakademie). Today, Dieta is the co-owner of schainundkuchenbrandt, working as a trainer and coach dedicated to the interests and concerns of scientists in academia. Her work particularly focuses on career planning for scientists and applying for professorships.

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