Postdocs | Workshops, events, mentoring

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Key qualifications for your (research) career

During the postdoc phase, you will set the course for your future career path. Our offers support you in preparing for the next steps in the best possible way – regardless of whether you are aiming for a career in academia, a job in science management, a position in business, or employment in a non-governmental organisation.

In addition to expertise in your field of research, competencies such as communication skills, teamwork abilities, or self-management skills are important for your academic and personal development. The same applies to growing interdisciplinary networks and exchanging experiences with fellow researchers. This is why we offer most of our workshops, career and networking events for postdocs jointly with our partner universities as part of the Research Academy Ruhr.

Our offers and events

Career planning and skills development

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Taking the next steps in your postdoctoral career, the Karriereforum provides you with hands-on experience: For one day, renowned experts will offer input on university and non-university research careers or aspects of research funding, and answer your questions. You can also get advice on personal career strategies one on one during confidential consultations.

The Karriereforum takes place twice a year (spring/fall) with changing topics.

Click here for further info (Research Academy Ruhr)

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Postdoc workshops

Our workshop program for postdoctoral researchers supports you in sharpening and extending your individual academic profile and successfully continuing your career within and outside academia. The workshops deal with topics in the following fields:

  • Career in academia and beyond
  • Leadership, supervision and management competencies
  • Communicating, networking, negotiating
  • Acquiring third-party funds

All workshop dates of the current semester can be found on Research Academy Ruhr‘s homepage

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You are a postdoc now, what comes next? Ask your questions about career opportunities beyond academia and discuss with representatives from the private sector, industry, public service, foundations, and non-profit organizations in a casual atmosphere during this annual exchange.

The Wirtschaftskolleg takes place every year in November.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage


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mentoring³ for female postdoctoral researchers

Experienced researchers will accompany you as mentors, advise you on career planning questions, and share their tacit knowledge of the academic world.

Tailor-made skills training and regular peer exchange complete the two-year programme.

All information can be found on Research Academy Ruhr's homepage

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Aurora Course Catalogue

The UDE is one of the founding members of the European university network Aurora. As part of the cooperation, our partner universities from Reykjavik to Naples offer interesting events, lectures, and courses that are open to researchers and staff at the UDE.

Curious? Then take a look at the joint calendar of events!

Aurora course catalogue

Further training offers at the UDE

Human Resources Development

In addition to a broad continuing training programme for all UDE employees, Human Resources Development offers targeted programmes and coaching for (future) leaders.

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Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (IZfB)

The IZfB regularly offers methodological workshops, on for example qualitative and descriptive data analysis (SPSS, MAXQDA, R).

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International Researchers Days

Are you coming to the UDE from abroad for a postdoc stay? In this series of events offered by the Welcome Service you will receive information about the German academic system and get support for a good start in Germany.

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Centre for Higher Education Quality Development (ZHQE)

Ready for teaching: The ZHQE offers workshops and certificate programmes in the areas of university didactics, e-learning and media didactics, teaching evaluation, and curriculum development.

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