Individual Coaching for Postdocs

Our coaching pool provides the opportunity to profit from professional consultation for all postdocs who are in their qualification phase and have a temporary contract or a fellowship at the University of Bremen. We cooperate with professionally trained coaches in different areas.

Topics could include:

  • Individual career planning in science
  • Non-university related profile building and career steps
  • Decision-making: Staying in science or not?
  • Leadership and management in science
  • Appointment procedures and appointment negotiations
  • Family and (scientific) career
  • Coping with stress
  • Coping with self-doubts, fears and pressure to perform
  • Time and self-management
  • Dealing with conflicts in the work environment

Our coaches

  • Trained/certified senior facilitator of personal leadership (self-reflection and coaching method)
  • Workshop coach at BYRD ("Intercultural Competence for International Teamwork"; „Activate your personal resources: How to stay healthy and focused in academia“)
  • Trainer and Coach at InterCultur GmbH
  • Training as intercultural coach
  • PhD at Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) with the topic "Intercultural Competence Development"
  • Master's degree in "Management of Cultural Diversity" (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
  • Bachelor's degree in "Intercultural Relations and Behavior (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)


Focus in coaching:

  • Time and self-management
  • Dealing with stress
  • Dealing with self-doubts, fears and pressure to perform
  • Conflict management
  • career coaching, desision-making
  • Intercultural coaching



  • German
  • English


The coaching session can take place in person in Hamburg or Bremen or via telephone or video-call.

More about Nadine Binder:


  • Since 2008 Science Manager
      • 2008 - 2010 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
      • 2010 - 2011 Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony
      • 2011 - today Volkswagen Foundation
  • Since 2015 part-time freelance coach and trainer
  • Systemic coaching training at the University of Hanover
  • Transactional analysis training
  • NLP Master
  • Further training: various sketchnoting training courses, hypnosis, communication
  • Doctorate in neuroscience

Focus on:

  • Establishment of first independent research group
  • (Entry into) science management
  • Career and profile development (also for non-academic paths)
  • Development of (self-)leadership skills
  • Communication topics


  • German
  • English

The coaching sessions take place online via the Zoom platform.

More about Oliver Grewe:

  • National and international work as trainer, counsellor and coach in science since 2001
  • Qualified as coach für individuals and teams (ISP/DGfC)
  • Founder and owner of unisupport
  • Co-founder of „Coachingnetz-Wissenschaft”
  • Research and teaching activities at multiple universities and at a non-university research institution
  • Workshop coach at BYRD (Training für appointment procedures)


Focus in coaching:

  • Individual career planning and development
  • Preparation for appointment procedures and appointment negotiations
  • Management and leadership in science



  • German
  • English


The coachings take place at unisupport in Düsseldorf or via video call.

  • Professor (Department of communication science, University of Salzburg) and mentor
  • Trained and certified coach (The Life Coach School, USA) and meditation teacher
  • Comprehensive personal experience with appointment committees
  • International experience in different academic systems

Focus in coaching:

  • Writing convincing letters of application
  • Creating meaningful teaching and/or research concepts
  • Preparation for hearings
  • Appointment negotiations
  • Dealing with stress and self-doubts


  • German
  • English

The coaching session can take place either via video conference (e.g. Zoom) or telephone.

More about: Christine Lohmeier

  • Trainer and systemic coach (DBVC certified)
  • Consultation of scientists, companies and freelancers with her agency "Worte & Wandel"
  • Workshop coach at BYRD ("Familie UND wissenschaftliche Karriere meistern"; "Raise your hand!" for female scientists)
  • Communication and Media Studies graduate with experience in marketing at Lufthansa and DIE ZEIT

Focus in coaching:

  • Time and self-management, i.e. when procrastinating
  • Mastering family and (scientific) career
  • Decision-making
  • Self-marketing and career planning for women


  • German
  • English

The coaching sessions can take place in person in Bremen or Hamburg or via telephone or online video conference.


More about Antje Rach: Worte & Wandel

Please note:

Only coaches who offer sessions in English are listed here. For an overview of all coaches please refer to the German version of this site.

Entry conditions and registration

If you are interested in an individual coaching, please let us know by filling out this form.

After having received our confirmation, you will be able to make an appointment with our coach. BYRD will assume the larger part of the costs for up to 4,5 coaching units of 60 minutes. (Some coaches offer sessions of 90 minutes; in this case BYRD pays for the majority of 3 sessions.) You will have to pay a financial share of 20€ (plus VAT where required) for each 60-minutes-unit directly to the coach.

If the coaching takes place outside of Bremen on the coach's premises, BYRD offers the opportunity to pay for your travelling expenses.


You are entitled to participate in this program, if you belong to the target group (scientists holding a PhD in their qualification phase with a temporary contract or a fellowship at the University of Bremen) and agree to pay your financial share.

Your name and the content of the coaching sessions will be confidential and not forwarded to others.
For quality assurance, we would like to ask you to take part in an evaluation at the end of your coaching.

If you have any questions concerning the program, please contact Dr. Imke Girßmann (imke.girssmannprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de; 0421-218-60329).

If you do not find your topics in the description of our coaches' profiles, you may have a look at the coaching pool by the Welcome Center / International Office.


Updated by: BYRD