Postdoc101 Talk Series

Online-Ringvorlesung für Postdoktorand:innen

Mit der Munich Postdoc101 Talks Reihe bietet die TUM Talent Factory in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Munich Postdoc Network eine Online-Ringvorlesung zu verschiedenen relevanten Themen an, die für Postdoktorand:innen von besonderer Bedeutung sind. 

Format: Die Vortragsreihe findet i.d.R. mittwochs zwischen 16.00 und 18.00 Uhr online über Zoom statt. Wir laden interne und externe Referierende ein, die im Rahmen eines Vortrags ihre Expertise teilen. Im Anschluss gibt es jeweils die Möglichkeit, den Referierenden Fragen zu stellen. 

Bitte beachten Sie, dass es in den Q&A Sessions nur begrenzt möglich ist, auf die individuelle Situation von Postdoktorand:innen einzugehen. Falls Sie sich mit einem Thema näher beschäftigen möchten, empfehlen wir Ihnen, einen Blick auf unser Workshop-Programm sowie die Angebote anderer Kontaktstellen der TUM zu werfen. Unsere Programmbroschüre bietet einen Überblick über alle Postdoc Workshops und die meisten Postdoc101 Talks.

Die Ringvorlesung wird gemeinsam mit dem Munich Postdoc Network organisiert und steht allen Postdoktorand:innen, die im Raum München (und an anderen Campusen der TUM) tätig sind, offen. Interessierte Promovierende können sich ebenfalls gern für die Vorträge anmelden.

Falls Sie Vorschläge für weitere Vorträge haben, kontaktieren Sie uns gern: postdoc-application@tum.de

Registrierung und Fristen: Die Postdoc101-Reihe bietet ergänzend zu unseren Postdoc-Workshops ein offenes und niedrigeschwelliges Format ohne Teilnehmendenbeschränkung. Die Talks stehen allen Postdocs in München offen, Sie können sich einfach jeweils bis Dienstagmittag vor dem jeweiligen Tag über dieses Formular anmelden.

Für diese Reihe gibt es kein Auswahlverfahren und Sie müssen uns auch nicht informieren, wenn Sie an einem Termin, für den Sie sich angemeldet haben, nicht teilnehmen können. 

Munich Postdoc101 Talk Series Summer Semester 2022:

Description:  Academic life can be stressful, overwhelming and frustrating: lots to do, rejections, revisions, teaching, fixed-term contracts plus grant and job applications. Against the backdrop of cognitive and neuroscience research, we explore what causes these negative emotions. In a second step, we consider options for dealing with and handling negative emotions. Sounds touchy-feely – so why bother? Because the greater your capacity to handle negative emotion, the greater your levels of success – in academia and beyond.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christine Lohmeier is a communication scholar and a certified coach. Christine offers personalized services for academics dealing with overwhelm, anxiety and those wanting to let go of self-sabotage and build their confidence and inner strength.

Being an active academic herself, Christine intimately knows the challenges many PhD students, postdocs and professors face.

She uses cutting-edge cognitive-based techniques and insights from developmental and positive psychology to teach her clients how to bring joy and fun into their day-to-day while pursuing their goals.

„I help my clients reflect, gain clarity and develop strategies to deal with challenges inside and outside of the academy.“

 

Beschreibung: „Bin ich auf dem richtigen Weg?“ – Der Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft als permanente Option

Wie kommt es, dass sich Postdocs für den Verbleib im oder den Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft entscheiden? Postdocs befinden sich in der Phase zwischen Promotion und Professur in einem Orientierungsprozess, in dem sie ihren Weg, ausgelöst durch (kritische) Ereignisse, immer wieder infrage stellen. Was anstrengend klingt, Ressourcen bindet und raubt, ist gleichzeitig eine Strategie der Wissenschaftler:innen, die zunehmende Unsicherheit ihrer Karrieren selbst zu kontrollieren, statt sich ihren Wirkungen auszuliefern. Ausgehend von statistischen Kennzahlen zum Flaschenhals der Wissenschaftskarriere, wird es in diesem Vortrag darum gehen, ein Modell zum ereignisgestützten Orientierungsprozess vorzustellen, welches Erkenntnisse dazu liefert, durch welche kritischen Ereignisses es in der Postdoc-Phase zu Ausstiegsgedanken kommt. Der Vortrag wird aber auch Hilfestellung dabei bieten, welche (individuellen) Strategien und (externen) Angebote genutzt werden können, um Ausstiegsgedanken lösungsorientiert zu begegnen.

Sprecherin: Dr. Svea Korff ist Geschäftsführerin des Graduiertenzentrums der Universität Hildesheim und Beraterin für Wissenschaftler:innen in ihrer frühen Karrierephase. Sie unterstützt Wissenschaftler:innen beim Verbleib im oder beim Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft. Sie ist seit 2015 Sprecherin des Forschungsclusters „Hochschule und Bildung“ und war Koordinatorin des DFG-geförderten wissenschaftlichen Netzwerks „Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft“ (2018-2020).

Description: When selecting staff, we want to hire only the best, but we´re hampered by our own biases in this process. How can we de-bias our workplace?
Hiring staff is one of the most crucial processes in scientists´ careers, yet we´re often remarkably 'un-scientific' when it comes to conducting them. Often, first impressions and other superficialities take over our minds as we try to select the best candidates for a position. We end up hiring clones of ourselves.

In this talk, we´ll look at the many pitfalls we´re facing when hiring staff, most of which have to do with confirmation biases: we´re prone to try to confirm our initial snap judgments formed during the superficial first impression. How can we devise a process that will focus our minds on relevant information, how can we look behind facades and how can we critically question our own judgments?

This talk is not only relevant for hiring managers. Biases screw up a whole number of work processes, just think of the interpretation of data ("Oh dear, how I´d love to see a peak here...")! We take the hiring process as a case study, but many of the take-homes can be applied to other work settings as well.

Speaker: Dr. Philipp Gramlich has studied and researched chemistry (>2800 citations, Google Scholar 2021) at five universities in Germany, Australia and Scotland. He gained experience in industry, first at baseclick, a biotechnology start-up and later at Eurofins Genomics as Teamleader R&D, QC and Analytics, being responsible for up to 22 staff. Since 2016, he is fully focusing on his work as co-founder of NaturalScience.Careers. He specialises in seminars and talks about career development, leadership and presentation skills. Since 2016, he regularly writes career columns for “Nachrichten aus der Chemie”.

Description: Most pre-docs and postdocs at German universities are working in limited-term employment contracts according to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). The WissZeitVG limits the overall duration of employment in limited-term contracts at German universities or research institutes for qualification purposes to 12 years (15 years in the field of medicine). In certain cases, for example for childcare, the WissZeitVG allows extensions of the maximum period of employment. It also contains special clauses for limited term employment in third-party funded projects.  This TUM Postdoc101 talk aims to equip participants with the necessary basic knowledge of WissZeitVG that is essential for the planning of a career in science.

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Adam is a lawyer and consultant at Deutscher Hochschulverband, Bonn. Her professional focus is employment law, university law and civil servant law. She offers legal consultations on these topics, support in appointment negotiations for professorships as well as general career advice in the academic field to members of Deutscher Hochschulverband.

Description: As a postdoc, you are usually involved in supervising students and doctoral researchers in one or the other way. Most researchers are thrown into this very important task without formal training. While most researchers gain hands-on experience, we would like to discuss what makes a good supervisor as part of this Munich Postdoc101 talk. We have invited various experts to share their expertise and tips with you.

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Felix Brandt, Supervisory Award Winner 2021, Decision Sciences & Systems (DSS), Department of Computer Science, School of Computation, Information, and Technology, TUM

Dr. Chien-Yun Lee, Young Investigator Group Leader/TUM Junior Fellow, Chair of Proteomics and Bioanalytics, TUM School of Life Sciences

Cooperation Partner: TUM Graduate School

Description: Getting your work on social media may be easy - but making it popular is more challenging. This workshop takes you through the main social media channels and looks at how to create share-worthy content messages. Discover how to use social media to foster meaningful interactions and share your work with as many people as possible. Form tweets to live streams this interactive session is packed with ideas of how to maximise your use of social media as a researcher. 

Objectives:

After the talk, you should be able to:

  • Raise your profile with social media
  • Know how to plan effective content to minimize the time requirement  
  • Understand the use of social media as a research and networking tool
  • Increase your following and interactions by creating sharable content
  • Create platform specific content for Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube
  • Know how to make online events accessible, safe and ethical

Speaker: Dr. Jamie Gallagher is an award-winning freelance communicator and engagement professional with ten years’ experience in the delivery and evaluation of quality engagement projects. During the pandemic Jamie has delivered training to over 3,000 researchers and online events to over 10,000 people. With a specialisation in evaluation Jamie also provides consultancy services to charities and universities helping them to demonstrate their impact and understand their audiences and stakeholders.

Description: Actually, the matter is clear: research is for innovation and progress, and since these imply thinking and acting in a completely new way, there is a need for creative power in scientific work. Now disappointments can occur: The creative force shatters in the hierarchical administrative structures. Or exactly these structures, or the security methods provide, prevent to take the step into free, open thinking to lift projects and disciplines to a new level of quality and knowledge - and maybe even: joy, or purpose.

This talk takes a look at examples of good creative practices in science and wants to give inspiration for creative thinking between outcome orientation and intellectual pleasure.

Topics:

  • Creativity techniques to overcome mental barriers
  • Creativity techniques for innovation
  • Creativity techniques to endure unbeloved duties
  • Limits of creativity in Academia

Speaker: PD Dr. Mareike Menne received her PHD and habilitation in Early Modern History from Paderborn University. After her post-doctoral fellowship in the DFG-GK Archives - Power - Knowledge at Bielefeld University, she was in academic management at Stuttgart University. In 2013, she founded her consultancy on academic career planning, professionalization of academic self-governance and leadership, and resilience.

Description: An appropriate integration of gender aspects is key to successful grant applications, not only on a European Level. Other major funding bodies such as the DFG have also made it an explicit point of consideration in the project. However, it is the European Commission that makes gender aspects an explicit evaluation criterium with respect to scientific excellence. Their constructive integration into the research design delivers a higher quality of the research itself as well as a higher relevance of the research results. Therefore, I will introduce the different facets of gender aspects in grant proposals and present in an interactive discussion interactions from various disciplines. Following this, we will dive into some hands-on instructions on how to identify

  • how the formulation of the research questions is influenced by the gender of the proposal writer,
  • which aspects of sex, gender and diversity are part of the research “object”,
  • how the proposed research methodology allows the research to uncover and/or integrate sex, gender, and diversity aspects,
  • how the research results themselves reflect sex, gender, and diversity, and
  • how these aspects are considered in the dissemination of the research results.
  • You will also get a collection of helpful links for diving into further details.

Speaker: After obtaining her PhD in Astrophysics, Dr. Sabine Preusse decided to quit academia in 2006 and to move on to the project management of European Funded Research projects in the Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum. Besides writing grant proposals and being a project manager in the field of production technologies, she further trained herself as a business economist (IWW) and a professional business trainer. With this, she founded her own company RaumZeit e.K. Coaching Training Beratung in 2011 and is now (also as a professional business coach) supporting researchers at all levels and from all disciplines in grant proposal writing, the implementation of research projects, dissemination and exploitation of project results, and Open Educational Resources.

Since 2011, Sabine Preusse has given more than 150 two-day workshops on grant proposal writing and more than 80 coaching sessions with respect to grant proposal writing, design of research projects and career for young researchers, postdocs and professors.

 

 

Beschreibung: „Bin ich auf dem richtigen Weg?“ – Der Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft als permanente Option

Wie kommt es, dass sich Postdocs für den Verbleib im oder den Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft entscheiden? Postdocs befinden sich in der Phase zwischen Promotion und Professur in einem Orientierungsprozess, in dem sie ihren Weg, ausgelöst durch (kritische) Ereignisse, immer wieder infrage stellen. Was anstrengend klingt, Ressourcen bindet und raubt, ist gleichzeitig eine Strategie der Wissenschaftler:innen, die zunehmende Unsicherheit ihrer Karrieren selbst zu kontrollieren, statt sich ihren Wirkungen auszuliefern. Ausgehend von statistischen Kennzahlen zum Flaschenhals der Wissenschaftskarriere, wird es in diesem Vortrag darum gehen, ein Modell zum ereignisgestützten Orientierungsprozess vorzustellen, welches Erkenntnisse dazu liefert, durch welche kritischen Ereignisses es in der Postdoc-Phase zu Ausstiegsgedanken kommt. Der Vortrag wird aber auch Hilfestellung dabei bieten, welche (individuellen) Strategien und (externen) Angebote genutzt werden können, um Ausstiegsgedanken lösungsorientiert zu begegnen.

Sprecherin: Dr. Svea Korff ist Geschäftsführerin des Graduiertenzentrums der Universität Hildesheim und Beraterin für Wissenschaftler:innen in ihrer frühen Karrierephase. Sie unterstützt Wissenschaftler:innen beim Verbleib im oder beim Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft. Sie ist seit 2015 Sprecherin des Forschungsclusters „Hochschule und Bildung“ und war Koordinatorin des DFG-geförderten wissenschaftlichen Netzwerks „Ausstieg aus der Wissenschaft“ (2018-2020).

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.

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. Caroline 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.