Postdoc101 Talk Series

Online Talks for Postdocs

With the Munich Postdoc101 Series, we provide crucial information about a variety of topics that are of particular importance and interest for postdoctoral researchers.

Format: The talk series takes place on Wednesdays between 4-6 pm. The series is conducted online via Zoom. We invite variety of internal and external speakers to share their expertise in an open and accessible format. Each talk includes a Q&A  during which participants can ask questions. 

Please note that since this format is open to a larger group of postdocs, it is not possible to discuss everyone's individual situation during the Q&A session. If you want to invest more time to learn or work on a specific topic, take a look at our workshop programme or the activities of other offices at TUM. Our program brochure (611 KB) provides an overview of all Postdoc workshops and most Postdoc101 Talks.

The talks series is organized in collaboration with the Munich Postdoc Network and open to all postdoctoral researchers from research institutions in the Munich area (and at other TUM campuses). Interested doctoral researchers at TUM are also welcome to join! 

Registration & Deadlines: The series is open to all postdocs at TUM and we do not limit the number of participants. You can register until Tuesday noon before the respective talk via the registration form

For this format, there is no selection process and you do not need to inform us if you are unable to participate.

Postdocs Talks during the Winter Semester 2021/2022:

Description: The talk will give a brief overview of the career paths to a professorship in Germany, covering legal requirements for the selection procedure as well. It also addresses how to approach the search for relevant job advertisements, how to prepare the written application documents and how to make a good impression during the further steps of the selection procedure. Finally, the workshop will provide an outlook on negotiations on a professorship in Germany.

Speaker: Katharina Lemke is an in-house lawyer and consultant at the Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV), Bonn, where she gives legal advice to members of DHV. Her areas of expertise are university law, public service law including public service pension law and employment law. Beyond that, she supports members of DHV with planning their career in academia and acts as a referee for seminars and workshops.

Description: Application and selection processes for professorships in Germany are not only often lengthy and complex, but also differ across institutions and states. While the Postdoc101 Talk “How to become a Professor” on February 9, 2022 provides insights into the legal requirements and application & selection procedures in general, this panel discussion gives participants the opportunity to learn from professors who successfully applied for positions during the last years. We invited panellists from various institutions and fields to talk about their personal experience with application and recruitment processes at different institutions and their motivation to be professor. Topics such as changing institutions for a professorship, joint appointments with non-university research institutions and differences between Germany and the UK will be addressed.

Being a professor also means assuming a new role with leadership and administrative tasks in addition to conducting research & teaching. We will discuss with the panellists how they experienced their initial period as a professor, how they prepared for this role and what advice they may want to share with researchers who are planning to apply for professorships.

Panelists:
Prof. Dr. Carolin Gutjahr joined TUM as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor for Plant Genetics at the TUM School of Life Sciences in 2017. She previously led an Emmy Noether Research Group at LMU Munich. In 2021, she completed the Tenure Track Phase and was promoted Associate Professor.
Prof. Dr. Julia Affolderbach joined the University of Trier as Assistant Professor in 2020 and heads the Chair for Sustainable Regional and Urban Development. She previously had senior lecturer and various other position at the University of Hull.
Prof. Dr. Julia Schnabel is Professor for Computational Imaging and AI in Medicine at TUM (TUM Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professorship) jointly with the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich (Helmholtz Distinguished Professorship). She previously headed the Chair in Computational Imaging at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences at King's College London.
Prof. Dr. Pramod Bhatotia heads the Chair of Decentralized Systems Engineering at the Department of Informatics at TUM. Before joining TUM in 2020, he was Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Technical Director at Huawei.

Description: The Embassy of Good Science is a recently established pan-European platform to support researchers in acting with integrity and according to pertinent ethical standards. In our presentation we will give an overview of the structure and functionalities of the platform and outline how it can support researchers, especially postdocs. We will use ENERI (European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity) as an example to show how the Embassy can help researchers navigate the sometimes complex research integrity and research ethics landscape and thus support them in conducting good science.

Speakers: Dr Lisa Tambornino works in the areas of research ethics and research integrity for EUREC - the European Network of Research Ethics Committees. She is involved in many different EU projects on research ethics, ethics of emerging technologies and ethics of participation. Lisa studied philosophy, psychology and law at the University of Bonn and has a substantial background in ethics, especially bioethics and medical ethics. She has more than ten years of experience in working in interdisciplinary fields – in research, writing/editorial, project management and teaching.

Tom Lindemann works for EUREC where he is involved in several projects on research integrity and research ethics. He has helped developing, organizing and implementing educational and awareness actions to promote research integrity and written on ethical and legal aspects of data protection governance in ICT research. Moreover, he has expertise and experience in stakeholder engagement, project management and grant writing. Before joining EUREC Office, he worked at Saarland University.

Past Postdoc101 Talks

Description: The German higher education and research system is both complex and fascinating. The federal and state governments work together in funding it – and sometimes they work against each other. Universities, research institutions, policy makers, researchers: What is their role, what are their goals, and how do they pursue them? This talk is intended to provide a first overview and enable participants to reflect on some fundamental questions regarding German research policy.

Speaker: Dr. Jan-Martin Wiarda is a freelance science and education journalist and well-known for his Blog www.jmwiarda.de. He was editor at the weekly newspaper "DIE ZEIT" for many years and then worked as head of the Communication and Media Department of the Helmholtz Association. Dr. Wiarda studied political science, economics, sociology and journalism in Germany and the US.

Please note that this talk will be held exceptionally on a Thursday together with an event for new professors at TUM.

Description: The DFG is a highly attractive source of funding across all different scientific disciplines in Germany. This TUM Postdoc101 talk provides an introduction to the funding universe and the mission of this funder. The participants receive information on the basic structure for DFG proposals and specific requirements including publication and data management strategies or implementing principles of Open Science. Participants will also get useful insights into the evaluation process and the behavior of reviewers to optimize the proposal text design.

Speakers: Dr. Susanne Hollmann graduated in Chemistry/Biochemistry and did her PhD in the field of synthetic biology. She founded the Berlin-based company SB Science Management UG in 2014 together with Dr. Babette Regierer, and has been consulting academic institutions for over 20 years. As a professional proposal writer and project manager, she actively participated in the design and writing of more than 200 project proposals for national and international funding programs acquiring 120 Mio € for her customers by now. Dr. Hollmann is evaluator for European Commission and national funders and has a special interest in data management and standardization as well as impact assessment and Responsible Research and Innovation.

Dr. Babette Regierer graduated in Biology and Theology and did her PhD in the field of plant molecular biology. Since 2000, Dr. Regierer is working as scientific manager and professional grant writer with a special interest in innovation management and impact pathways. Dr. Regierer is co-founder of SB Science Management UG together with Dr. Susanne Hollmann providing consultancy services in proposal writing and training for researchers and companies. So far, her consultancy resulted in 120 Mio € funding for her customers.

Description: The speaker explores the reasoning behind peer review processes and, by retracing its history, aims to make the current status, procedures and dilemmas of peer review comprehensible. By discussing its inherent trade-offs, deliberating critical arguments which highlight the problems of peer review and presenting current approaches for finding solutions for these problems, the speaker invites the audience to reflect on how to determining the value of scientific insight.

Speaker: Dr. Oliver Grewe organizes and manages peer review processes in research funding, science evaluation and the selection of highly gifted researchers as a program manager of the Volkswagen Foundation, one of Germanies biggest private research funders. He started his career in science management at the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung) and the Scientific Commission of Lower Saxony (Wissenschaftliche Kommission Niedersachsen). Since 2015 he additionally supports academics as a trainer and coach.

Dieser Vortrag wird in deutscher Sprache gehalten.

Beschreibung: In der Wissensvermittlung bewirken humorvolle Situationen oder Personen eine als sehr angenehm empfundene Lernreizintensivierung und damit eine erhöhte Aufmerksamkeit gegenüber Lehrenden, aber auch gegenüber den vermittelten Sachverhalten. Studien zeigen, dass eine solche Atmosphäre die Erinnerung an den Lehrstoff, die Konzentration, die Motivation und Kreativität steigert. In dieser aktivierenden, mit Erlebnissen und Emotionen angereicherten Lernumgebung macht Wissenstransfer Freude, den Lernenden genauso wie den Lehrenden.
Da Humor als Werkzeug aber nur dann funktioniert, wenn er authentisch ist, geht es in diesem Workshop vor allem darum, Einsatzmöglichkeiten und auch die Grenzen des Humors aufzuzeigen.

Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Suda, ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Wald- und Umweltpolitik an der TUM School of Management. Der Forstpolitikwissenschaftler erhielt bereits mehrere Auszeichnungen für gute Lehre und setzt seit vielen Jahren Humor bewusst in der Lehre und in Vorträgen ein.
MA Simon Klingel ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Wald- und Umweltpolitik an der TUM School of Management.

Description: The German research and innovation system provides excellent financing and plenty of research opportunities at the postdoctoral stage. However, most academic postions at universities are fixed-term. Permanent positions, in particular for professorships, are highly competitive. So, what are your options? And what is expected of you in your further career development? Taking an international perspective, the talk addresses the particularities of German academia and its career system from doctorate to professorship, focusing on the different pathways and development stages to build your academic portfolio and become eligible for tenure. 

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Koch is a research management consultant and certified business trainer and coach. He provides hands-on workshops and individual guidance for researchers to realise their research ideas and career objectives. He also supports higher education institutions and research consortia in implementing strategic initiatives and preparing grant proposals. Holding a PhD in physical chemistry from the UK, he builds on 10 years of international experience as a researcher and 12 years of professional experience as a research manager and senior administrator at universities in Bochum (RUB) and Munich (LMU).

Description: Exploitation describes the strategy how scientific results can be used for further research activities or for commercial or also non-commercial purposes. Exploitation has become an important aspect in many funding programs, especially in Horizon Europe, and funders expect that researchers play an active role in ensuring that their scientific results are taken up by interested parties and used to create an impact for science, economy and society. Today, exploitation is not limited to commercial use, but could also focus on social innovation or support decision makers in their policy development. Besides securing intellectual property via measures like patenting to commercialise research results, crowdfunding has recently gained attention as an additional route not only for commercialisation, but is increasingly used to also promote social innovation concepts. This TUM Postdoc101 talk will provide information about principles and strategies for the exploitation of research outcomes to achieve an impact.

Speaker: Dr. Susanne Hollmann graduated in Chemistry/Biochemistry and did her PhD in the field of synthetic biology. She founded the Berlin-based company SB Science Management UG in 2014 together with Dr. Babette Regierer, and has been consulting academic institutions for over 20 years. As a professional proposal writer and project manager, she actively participated in the design and writing of more than 200 project proposals for national and international funding programs acquiring 120 Mio € for her customers by now. Dr. Hollmann is evaluator for European Commission and national funders and has a special interest in data management and standardization as well as impact assessment and Responsible Research and Innovation.

Dr. Babette Regierer graduated in Biology and Theology and did her PhD in the field of plant molecular biology. Since 2000, Dr. Regierer is working as scientific manager and professional grant writer with a special interest in innovation management and impact pathways. Dr. Regierer is co-founder of SB Science Management UG together with Dr. Susanne Hollmann providing consultancy services in proposal writing and training for researchers and companies. So far, her consultancy resulted in 120 Mio € funding for her customers.