How to Become a Professor: Planning and Optimizing Your Academic Career

Postdoc Workshop |

This Workshop is aimed at early-career Postdocs who want to learn about the academic career path of professorship.

Date: 18 January 2024

Format: Online-workshop via Zoom, 09.00–17:00
+ Individual consultancy sessions (optional) in the following weeks (19.01.–31.01.2024)

Target group: early-career postdocs

Description: 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. 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.

After the workshop, participants have the opportunity to take part in a 45-min individual coaching session. Participants can use this, for example, to receive feedback on their profile analysis, to reflect on next career steps, or to work on further individual questions.

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.


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