Postdoc101 Talk Series

Online-Ringvorlesung für PostdoktorandInnen an der TUM

Mit der TUM Postdoc101 Talks Reihe bietet die TUM Talent Factory im Wintersemester 2020-2021 eine Online-Ringvorlesung zu verschiedenen relevanten Themen an, die für PostdoktorandInnen von besonderer Bedeutung und Interesse sind – von Drittmitteln über Industriekollaborationen und Intellectual Property bis hin zum Wissenschaftszeitgesetz. 

Format: Die Vortragsreihe findet im Wintersemester mittwochs zwischen 16.00 und 18.00 Uhr online über Zoom statt. Wir haben verschiedene interne und externe ReferentInnen eingeladen, die im Rahmen eines Vortrags ihre Expertise teilen. Im Anschluss gibt es jeweils die Möglichkeit, den ReferentInnen Fragen zu stellen. 

Anmeldung: Die Postdoc101 Reihe bietet ergänzend zu unseren Postdoc-Workshops ein offenes und niedrigeschwelliges Format ohne Teilnehmerbeschränkung. Die Talks stehen allen Postdocs an der TUM 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. 

Bitte beachten Sie, dass es in den Q&A Sessions nur sehr begrenzt möglich ist, auf die individuelle Situation von PostdoktorandInnen 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. Einen Überblick über alle Postdoc-Workshops und Postdoc101 Talks im Wintersemester finden Sie auch in unserer Broschüre..

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

Link zum Registrierungsformular für alle Postdoc101-Talks.

Informationen zu den einzelnen Vorträgen & SprecherInnen:

Nov. 25, 2020 | Junior Research Groups: First-hand Ad-vice on How to Apply & How to Start Your Own Group

Description: Establishing one’s own Junior Research Group with external funding provides an important next step in the career of mid-career researchers. However, the application process is usually complex and competitive and, if successful, the new position comes along with its own challenges such as finding the right team and taking on a new role as a group leader.

In this talk, Dr. Na Cai, Dr. Oliver Bruns and Dr. Christian Zang, all successful research group leaders whose groups are funded by the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation and Bavarian Climate Research Network (bayklif), will talk about their transition from being a postdoc to research group leader, their respective groups and funding programmes. They will share their advice on what to keep in mind when you apply for research groups and how to get started as a research group leader. These first-hand insights will definitely be useful for anyone who is considering to take the next steps on the career ladder.

Speakers: Since 2019, Dr. Na Cai is a Principle Investigator in Translational Genetics at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and affiliated with the Chair of Translational Genomics at TUM. She completed her PhD at the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics and the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK, before joining the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Wellcome Sanger Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Oliver Bruns is a principal investigator leading the Next-Generation in vivo Imaging group at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus and affiliated with the Professorship of Biological Imaging at TUM. In addition, he successfully applied for an Emmy Noether Group in 2017. Previously, he was a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and postdoctoral fellow with a long-term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Dr. Christian S. Zang heads the Junior Research Group “Hysteresis Effects in Bavarian Beech Forest Ecosystems through Climate Extremes” funded by the Bavarian Climate Research Network (bayklif) since 2018. Previously, he was an associated scientist at the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling and a project team leader at the TUM International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE).

Dec. 09, 2020 | What Every Postdoc Needs to Know

Description: This talk will cover the main messages of Dr Liz Elvidge’s book What every postdoc needs to know. Dr. Elvidge will cover topics such as:

  • Choosing a postdoc
  • How to make the most of your postdoc
  • Transferable skills development
  • Taking responsibility for your career
  • How to write a winning CV

The book can also be accessed online via the TUM University Library. As can be seen from Dr. Elvidge’s bionote underneath, she is really an expert on advising postdocs.

Speaker: Dr Liz Elvidge is the Head of Postdoc and Fellows Development at Imperial College London. She is a leading expert in the support and development of postdocs and fellows. In 2017, she co-authored the book ‘What every postdoc needs to know’. She is the founding head of the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre at Imperial. The centre was the first of its kind in the UK and continues to be sector leading in it provision of development opportunities for the colleges 2,500 postdocs and fellows.

Jan. 20, 2021 | Patents and Licenses: How to Protect and Commercialize Inventions at TUM

Description: The first part of the talk will provide an introduction into industrial property rights and will be held by a patent attorney and provide you with important insights into various aspects of industrial property rights, concerning the requirements for a protection, aspects of patentability, a brief outline of the European Patent system, the patenting procedure and different types of industrial property rights.

The second part on Inventions will address special aspects for university inventors with respect to the German Employees’ Inventions Act and outline the process of an invention disclosure at TUM. In addition to this, you will also get an insight into the exploitation and commercialization options for Inventions at TUM and is thus a topic every postdoc should be aware of.

Speakers: The workshop will be conducted by Michael Rubel, Technology Manager at Patents and Licenses, TUM Office for Research and Innovation (TUM ForTe) together with Dr. Bakuri Lanchava, European Patent Attorney.

Jan. 27, 2021 | How to Become a Professor

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 Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV), 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.

Feb. 10, 2021 | German Research Policy

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.

Feb. 24, 2021 | MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Horizon Europe

Description: The new EU framework programme for research and innovation "Horizon Europe" (2021-2027) will continue to provide excellent – though highly competitive – funding opportunities for postdoctoral researchers. In this talk, Vitaliy Bondarenko will provide a short general overview about the funding lines within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and subsequently focus on Postdoctoral Fellowships expanding on the application process and providing advice on how to write a successful proposal.

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships offer an excellent opportunity to conduct research abroad or at TUM. Dr. Irene Bighelli, a former MSCA-fellow at TUM will also share her experience & advice for future applicants. A Q & A session on MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships and their possible overlap with ERC Grants will follow.

Speakers: Vitaliy Bondarenko has been working at the DLR Project Management Agency since 2015 and he is currently part of the teams German National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions as well as ERC Grants (NKS MSC/NKS ERC). Mr. Bondarenko is also the coordinator of the German EURAXESS-Network.

Dr. Irene Bighelli completed her PhD in Psychological and Psychiatric Sciences at the University of Verona, Italy. In 2016, she joined the TUM Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, with a MSCA Individual Fellowship. She currently works in the same department with other third-party funded projects (German Ministry for Education and Research). 

The TUM Talent Factory organizes an MSCA Writing Camp every summer for applicants who will submit an application with TUM as the beneficiary and awards fellowships for researchers from abroad.. Keep an eye on our website for the respective dates for 2021.

Feb. 17, 2021 | How to Successfully Collaborate with Industry Partners

Description: Many researchers at TUM collaborate with industry partners – which reflects in more than 1,000 cooperation agreements every year. As an attractive format, companies provide opportunities for scientists to directly translate their results into practical use and learn about emerging endeavors. However, not all researchers have a close industry network they can draw back on and could thus profit from advice on how to identify & approach potential industry partners as well as how to plan & conduct a successful joint project. In this talk, Prof. Karsten Stahl and Prof. Ulf Schlichtmann will give some insights into their collaboration with industry partners and share useful tips with you.

Dr. Karsten Schacht and Dr. Björn Jahnke (TUM ForTe) will provide additional advice and information on the processes and regulations at TUM that you should keep in mind when you are planning a collaboration including legal requirements or finances.

Speakers: Prof. Karsten Stahl is head of the Chair of Machine Elements and the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at TUM. Before joining TUM in 2011 as a full professor, he worked at BMW and continues to work with various industry partners. Prof. Ulf Schlichtmann was appointed professor at TUM in 2003 and heads of the Chair of Electronic Design Automation. He previously worked for Siemens AG and Infineon Technologies AG for about 10 years.

Mar. 03, 2021 | All you need to know about the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz

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 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.

Mar. 10, 2021 | TUM Global – Your Gateway to International Cooperation

Description: In this session, Philip Miessner and Jeff Ouimet will discuss how to become involved in and how to benefit from TUM’s strategic international network (TUM Global). To this end, they will introduce TUM’s strategic partnerships (e.g. ‘Flagship Partners’ Imperial College London and Tsinghua University), strategic initiatives (e.g. TUM.Africa), and the TUM Global & Alumni Office’s central funding programs and support services. In a second part of this session, attendees will learn more about opportunities to engage with the network of TUM’s liaison offices in order to advance their international collaborations.

Speakers: Philip Miessner is the head of the TUM Global & Alumni Office’s Global Engagement Division, which manages TUM’s strategic international partnerships and alliances as well as our university’s network of liaison offices. Philip looks back at 10 years working in international higher education and first joined TUM in 2015. 

Jeff Ouimet is TUM’s liaison officer in San Francisco (TUM San Francisco) and Senior Regional Manager for international partnerships in North America. Jeff Ouimet, who holds academic degrees in the arts, the sciences, and the law, joined the TUM Global network in June 2020 and is based on the U.S. West Coast.

Mar. 24, 2021| How to Implement Responsible Research & Innovation Principles in Your Research

Description: Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) connects different aspects of the relationship between Research and Innovation and society: Public engagement, open access, gender equality, science education, ethics, and governance are aspects of Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI). RRI represents a cross-cutting topic within the EU funding programs for Research and Innovation 2014-2020 (H2020) and will become more important in Horizon Europe, the next EU Framework Programme.

As a researcher, it becomes mandatory to be familiar with RRI, and how to implement the principles within own research projects or in cooperation with industry or society. This talk introduces the fundamental RRI aspects and discusses strategies how to implement these principles as measures in different research fields.

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.

Past Postdoc101 Talks

Nov. 11, 2020 | Grant Writing in a Nutshell 

Description: Researchers of all scientific disciplines are invited for this introduction to fundamental aspects of how to apply for third-party funding and the role of project funding as a career development tool. This talk introduces you to fundamental principles of proposal writing, how to design and structure a proposal text and also discusses Do’s and Don’ts in practice.
The participants will understand the perspective of funders and how to match their own research idea with the mission of the funder. Understanding the evaluation process and the behavior of reviewers is an essential requirement and useful 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.

Nov. 18, 2020 | All you need to know about the EuroTech Postdoc Alliance & Postdoc Programme

Description: The EuroTech Universities Alliance offers lots of potential for research collaborations for TUM researchers. During the talk, Maria-Valerie Schegk will introduce you the EuroTech Universities Alliance and give you an overview of the opportunities and incentives this group of six excellent European Universities of Science and Technology has to offer. What is in for you and why should you bother? These are the questions that will be answered during this talk.

One of the programs of the Alliance is the EuroTech Postdoc2 Programme, which Dr. Wael Mousa will present in more detail. The program is an excellent opportunity to finance your research at two of the EuroTech universities. Dr. Mousa will provide you with detailed information about the program’s next call (deadline: Feb. 2021) and share his advice on the application process with you. EuroTech Fellow Dr. Guido Cantelmo will furthermore talk about his experience as fellow at TUM and DTU and thus give you hands-on information about postdoc mobility.

Speakers: After Maria-Valerie Schegk finished her studies in political sciences at LMU, she did a Master after Master program in four different European countries (BE, NL, UK, EE). The European spirit which she caught during these studies never left again and hence she is very happy to represent TUM since 2014 in its Brussels branch. Positioning TUM in the political jungle of the European capital and bringing together European research excellence is a very multifaceted and exciting job.

Dr. Wael Mousa is the EuroTechPostdoc Programme coordinator and the manager of the new EuroTechPostdoc2 at TUM ForTe and hence an expert on the Programme. In addition to doing research in the field of energy efficient and sustainable building for years, he was responsible for coordinating different research projects and proposals including EU projects such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

Dr. Guido Cantelmo is a first generation EuroTechPostdoc fellow at the Chair of Transportation Systems Engineering at TUM. He previously completed his PhD in Luxembourg and has been working on his EuroTech project at TUM and DTU since January 2019.