The TUM Talent Factory invites postdoctoral researchers at TUM to participate in a series of workshops which are designed specifically to enhance research and transferable skills of postdoctoral researchers. Generally our program includes both on-site as well as online events. However, currently due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently only able to offer online formats.
We particularly recommend you to take part in workshops which go beyond your day-to-day research and e.g. to learn more about topics like science communication, teamwork or conflict negotiation. Most workshops are designed for early to mid-career postdocs, but we have added various workshops specifically for advanced postdocs and research group leaders, particularly the TUM Junior Fellows.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email@example.com. Sign up tor our TUM Postdoc Newsletter to stay informed about upcoming workshops and other calls & offers relevant for postdocs.
Also consult our Brochure for get an overview of all Postdoc workshops during the summer semester.
Registration & Deadlines: You can register for the workshops by filing our registration form. The dealines are mentioned in the course descriptions underneath.
All workshops are conducted in English and free of charge. The selected applicants are expected to participate in the entire workshop.
You can register via our registration formfor the following workshops for the Summer Semester 2021:
Date: 25/05/2021 - 21/06/2021, 9.00 - 10.30 hs
Format: Online learning platform equivalent to 2 days of workshop, with the possibility of one 1-hour online discussion per week with the participants. Timings: first day online session (25/05, 9:00 – 10:30 hs), last day (21/06, 9:00- 10:30 hs).
Description: Every week has 7 days, 168 hours or 10080 minutes… a lot of time to do a lot of things! Still, many of us suffer from the feeling of always having too little of it. You might not give it enough thought on how you actually want to spend it and how to distribute it between your career, family, friends and hobbies. During this online workshop we will analyse the individual schedules of the week and provide tools and ideas to make best use of your time investment. Furthermore, we will discuss how to balance science and life in different contexts and how to plan your days in a flexible work environment. The aim is not only to work more efficiently and to reduce personal stress, but also to be more satisfied and successful in your career and your personal life.
Topics on the basic principles of time-management:
- What do I want to achieve this year professionally and personally?
- Your 168 hours: How much do you actually work? How much of this is towards your goals?
- For what to spend time?
- How to (not) schedule your calendar?
- E-mails, meetings and phone calls
- Science-life balance
Course format: The course will be held on an online learning platform, where a live session with the participants will take place on the start and end day of the course. In addition, participants have the possibility to request one hour of weekly online consultation with the trainer. All participants will receive a script of the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course.
Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Peter Kronenberg from NaturalScience.Careers, who background is in the humanities and social sciences, having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Master’s in Sustainable Business Studies. In NaturalScience.Careers he focuses on seminars and talks for scientists, including the topics self-presentation, networking, time-management and media usage.
Register until: 26 April 2021.
Date: 8-9/06/2021 (half day) and 9/07/2021 (full day), 9.00 - 13.00 hs
Format: Online workshop via Zoom. Timings: 8-9/06: 9:00-13:00 hs + follow up 9/07: 9:00-17:00 hs
Description: Writing a proposal means promoting your science! With your proposal, you need to convince the reviewers that your project is more relevant, more important and more promising than those of your competitors and that hence the money should be going to you. This is not easily done and there are several do’s and don‘ts to consider.
The aim of this course is to familiarize participants with the strategies for successful grant applications to various funding bodies. It consists of lecture-style sequences with active participation by the audience, dealing with the theory of good scientific writing, the basics of grant applications and the principles of different funding bodies, as well as hands-on exercises on aim definition, structuring a workplan, writing a grant summary and your scientific CV. Additional information and exercises on writing good scientific texts in English will deepen the writing experience.
Course format & mandatory work: Participants are required to complete tasks between day 2 and the one-day follow-up in July: They need to write a mini-grant application of about 4 pages. This proposal will be shared with a small group of participants who read and evaluate it.
Please note the following points: Please specify in the motivation statement for which program you plan to write a proposal.
Researchers who want to apply for an MSCA Fellowship this year with TUM as a beneficiary should register for the MSCA Writing Camp this summer and will not be considered for this workshop. Details about the Writing Camp will be announced in May.
Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Christina Schütte, co-founder and senior consultant of ProSciencia Beratungs GmbH, who is specialized in grant writing, scientific writing, presentation and scientific project management. She has a background in Chemistry/Biochemistry and worked at the Neurobiology laboratory at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen before co-founding ProSciencia in 2004. She has extensive first-hand experience in managing projects both in science and in education.
Register until: 26 April 2021.
Date: 04/06/2021 and 18/06/2021, 14.00-17.00
Format: Online workshop via Zoom
Description: In this active workshop, you practice several techniques that improve your happiness and your mental resilience. Recent scientific research offers a range of exercises such as the gratitude attitude, finding flow, practicing concentration, define direction in your life, etc. Expert-trainer Bas Jansen is a psychologist who helps you apply such techniques. During the workshop, you can try and discover which of the techniques work for you and which are right for you.
The exercises help to reduce stress, perfectionism, mental filtering, future anxiety, and other negative mental states. They will support your ‘growth mindset’ and help you prevent and solve stress, as well as simply add to your quality of life.
In between the course days, you put the techniques of your choice to practice, and reflect on their usefulness on the second workshop.
Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Bas Jansen, a psychologist and senior ElroyCOM Trainer. ElroyCOM Training is a certified CRKBO educational institute that specializes in training scientists on various career levels. Please note that the trainer is accompanied by an actor here to reenact specific situations that researchers might be confronted with. So you may expect a rather dynamic and personal workshop. If you are not sure that that’s your thing, we will also organize a Postdoc101 Talk on a similar topic in June.
Register until: 26 April 2021.
Date: 24/06/2021, 14.00 - 18.30 hs
Format: Online workshop via Zoom. Timings: 14.00 – 18.30 hs
The demands of research and teaching often lead to exhaustion, overload and stress. Even worse, tight deadlines, busy schedules and huge workloads threaten to impair our mental health. With the normalization of remote work, these challenges have increased even more. To a large extend these challenges are influenced by how we manage our energies. This compact, research-based workshop provides insights and methods to work in a productive and sustainable way. It is targeted at postdocs but open for graduate students as well. In addition to indi-vidual practices, the workshop also helps to set up structures that support students and colleagues to work more efficiently. The concepts and methods are illustrated with examples of highly productive researchers, leaders and creatives. The participants will be given the opportunity to share their best practices and receive additional information and resources to keep up the great work without sacrific-ing health, happiness and sanity.
- The best rules for sustainable productivity and how to implement them
- Practical insights into the conditions and mechanisms of great work (f. e. willpower, distrac-tion, procrastination, decision making)
- How to rest and recover (all you need to know about sleep and taking breaks efficiently)
- How to deal with stress and negativity
- Tips for managing your physical energies (f. e. exercise, sitting in a healthy way)
Trainer: Stephan Pfob is co-founder, author and smart work guide at Berlin Alley, specialized in feedback and the psychology of sustainable work. He has extensive work experience in different fields, ranging from academia to administration, teaching, business intelligence and information design.
Register until: 26 April 2021.
Date: 6-7/07/2021, 9.00-15.00
Format: Online workshop via Zoom
Description: Have you wondered what you can do better when presenting your research virtually, to ensure that you reach your audience? Are there aspects you can take from the “real-world” into the “virtual-world”?
This workshop will briefly summarize the do’s and don’ts of a good scientific presentation and to identify what you need to do differently when presenting virtually. The workshop start with a group setting, sharing valuable tips and insights. There will be an opportunity to receive first feedback from your peers on your presentation style. The workshop concludes with one-on-one presentation coaching, providing you with individual feedback.
Course format: The workshop consists of one online meeting. The selected participants need to prepare a 3-minute presentation.
Trainer: The workshop will be conducted by Viola K. Kraus, MA Organizational Psychology (Columbia University-TC). The trainer has worked with Academic staff (PIs, PostDocs & Phds) for the past 8 years to support them with their presentation style.
Register until: 26 April 2021.
Date: 21-22/07/2021, 9.00-15.00 hs
Format: Online workshop via Zoom. Timings: 9.00 – 15.00 hs.
Description: In this workshop, you will gain a practice-oriented introduction to the most important methods and tools in project management. You will learn how to professionally initiate, plan and monitor projects, as well as how you can motivate your team from the very beginning within the triangle of time, cost and quality. You will obtain valuable skills that will enable you, together with your team, to successfully tackle even complex tasks. We look at classical and agile methods and discuss the particularities of projects in the filed of research and development.
Trainer: The course will be conducted by Dr.-Ing. Katrin Schickhoff. Dr. Schickhoff is project management for experts, trainer and consultant for project management, communication and team leadership for project managers and executives since July 2000. She was project coordinator for several national programs in Germany and worked as acting partner with several institutions, corporations and ministries for research funding. She is a certified trainer for communication, sales and project management.
Register until: 26 April 2021.
Description: Every scientist who decides to stay permanently in academia, sooner or later faces what is supposed to be career’s hardest challenge: Applying for full professorship. The aim of the webcast is to provide participants with detailed information about all phases of the appointment procedure for professorships (focus Germany), and to give them concrete advice and tips for their applications. The webcast will first deal with the procedure and the formal aspects of the appointment process. Afterwards, all necessary application documents (especially CV, cover letter, research and teaching concept) will be discussed in detail and partly illustrated with sample materials. The third part addresses all aspects of the hearing. Participants will learn about the requirements for the application talk and the demonstration lecture. In addition, the most frequently asked questions in the interview with the selection committee will be discussed.
Trainer: Dr. Dieta Kuchenbrandt studied Psychology at the University of Greifswald, spent her postdoctoral years 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, she 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 and applying for professorships.
Webcast details and registration: As a member of TUM, you can register for access to the webcast on our website.
Description: Nature Masterclasses comprises a wide range of online courses on writing scientific articles, publishing, research collaboration, scientific data management and storytelling for scientists. Since TUM has an institutional subscription to Nature Masterclasses this is a unique opportunity as a TUM member to take advantage of the valuable information in these courses. To access the course offerings through the Nature Masterclasses platform we invite you to visit our website for more details.
If you are not sure whether you can spare 1-2 full days on a workshop, maybe the online Postdoc101 Talk Series might be more suitable for you. The talk series usually takes place on Wednesdays between 4-6 pm
Regarding the registration form: Please make sure you add a motivational statement for each registration. The statement becomes crucial when the number of applicants exceeds the maximum number of participants that can take part in a course.
You need to use your TUM email address to register for a workshop. If you do not have a TUM email address (yet), please explain your situation in the motivation statement to ensure that you are eligible. Researchers who still join TUM during the next months with a position or fellowship can already register for workshops. Researchers who are not affiliated with TUM cannot take part in the workshops.
Workshop Registration & No Show: We invite professional external trainers for our workshops, who usually work with small groups of 8-12 postdocs. Since these workshops are quite expensive and many postdocs are interested in participating, we need participants to be fair and only accept their workshop spot if they are really able to participate in the full workshops. We often have a substantial amount of last-minute cancellations due to other commitments or participant who do not show up at all. This is not only frustrating for us and unfair for other postdocs, but may also reduce the funding we receive the conduct these workshops in future. Given the fact that dropouts due to disease or quarantine are likely during the winter semester, we would really ask you to make sure that participate in the respective workshop you have been selected for or cancel at least 10 days before the event. Researchers who do not show up for a workshop or cancel last minute are not able to participate in future workshops organized by the TUM Talent Factory.
In addition to the Postdoc Workshops, also take a look at the Leadership and Project Management courses offered by the newly founded TUM Institute for Life Long Learning
The TUM Institute for Life Long Learning regularly offers courses which are designed to provide researchers with concrete tools and techniques for academic leadership and effective research management. Furthermore, the courses give researchers the opportunity to learn about best practice examples and discuss any challenges they might experience in their daily work.
For more information, please contact Eva-Maria Knipfer.
Courses on Literature Research, Data Management, Academic Publishing, and Research Impact
The University Library supports you with a wide range of publishing and consultation services in such areas as research data management, citation, open access, and bibliometrics.
The Library’s training programme focuses on services, skills and techniques that will support researchers in their daily work. In compact courses, you will learn how to search literature efficiently, cite correctly, apply for open access funding, navigate publication procedures, manage research data sustainably and increase your research impact.
All dates and the complete course program is available on the Library’s website: https://www.ub.tum.de/en/courses.
For more information, please contact the Library’s Information Literacy Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
TUM horizons offers advanced training on personality development, project management, communication skills and intercultural communication.
Please note that the courses are only for the TUM employees, scholarship holders can usually not take part. In addition, you need to register for the courses immediately when the new program comes out at the beginning of the semester.
For updated information, please visit the following website.
TUM Global Dialogue Series
The TUM Liaison Officers in Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo regularly organise event in their regions. The Dialogue Series provides an opportunity to learn more about TUM's dialogue with international cooperation partners.
Find out more about their programme on the website of the TUM Global & Alumni Office.
Join the TUM Community if you are leaving TUM
TUM connections all around the world: More than 81,000 TUM Alumni and current students in Germany and abroad are part of the TUM Community. Members of the worldwide network support and accompany each other from the beginning of their studies throughout all phases of life. Within the TUM Community the Women of TUM are a lively network that is growing rapidly and connects women across continents, generations, hierarchies and disciplines. Before leaving TUM, join the TUM Community to stay connected.
Additionally as a member of TUM or TUM Alumni you have access to extensive career services: Make use of career webinars about job hunting strategies, advice on your application documents and salary negotiations. You can have your CV and cover letter checked online or book an individual career counseling session. Find all the career offers here: www.community.tum.de/career
Before leaving TUM, join the Network to stay connected.
Scientists at TUM can discuss individual concerns (e.g. career planning, work-life balance, etc.) with professional coaches in individual coaching sessions. Coaching enables the participants to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses for a professional and scientific career, to draw up a personal career plan or to test their own goals and motivation for executive functions. Individual coaching is currently offered online.
The offer is coordinated by TUM Equal Opportunity (TUM Chancengleichheit). You can find more information here. (https://www.chancengleichheit.tum.de/en/career-and-training/coaching/individual-coaching/)
Researchers in Medicine can also take part in the KeCK mentoring of the Koordinierungsstelle für Chancengleichheit und Karriereplanung, Dean's Office of the Faculty of Medicine.
German Language Courses
The TUM Language Center provides German language courses for international fellows and offers intercultural communication courses and events to enhance intercultural discourse. They offer special courses for the TUM staff, which makes it also a great opportunity to meet other researchers at TUM.
For updated information and other languages offers, please visit this website.
English Writing Center
The English Writing Center offers free one-to-one consulting in English writing to all members of the TUM community. The Center is staffed by both professional language instructors and student Writing Fellows, all of whom are native (or near-native) English speakers. Contact them to develop long-term proficiency in English writing or to polish your papers in process!
For updated information, please visit the following webpage.
The TUM Institute for Advanced Study regularly invites TUM scientists and their guests for coffee! Meet other scientists and listen to a short talk (10-15 mins) on a recent major TUM publication or issue. For updated information, please visit this website.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Wednesday Coffee Talks will be streamed online.