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05.06.2019 Extra-university career paths for doctoral candidates -
The view of employers

A doctorate is a (first) independent research project to achieve the highest academic degree and thus a milestone on the way to an academic career. But not all doctorates can or want to remain in the highly competitive and precarious academic system. Some leave the university immediately after their doctorate, others wait for their first or second PostDoc. But what does the employer think of young professionals with a doctorate? What expectations can and must we expect and where is a doctorate perhaps viewed more critically? The working group of UniWIND, to which Dr. Simone Brandes (philGRAD) belonged, has investigated these and related questions. She will report on the results of the working group, which have also been published by the University Association for the Qualification of Young Scientists in Germany (UniWiND).


Dr. Eva Nowack, Photo: HHU

08.05.2019 Experience Report: Emmy Noether Programme Fellow

The Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation supports researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Dr. Eva Nowack, AG Microbial Symbiosis and Organelle Evolution and Emmy Noether Fellow at HHU since 2014, talks about her experiences within the programme and how it mediated her way of becoming an independent research group leader.


10.04.2019 DFG Liaison officer / DFG Vertrauensdozent

The HHU DFG Liaison Officer Prof. Dr. Stefan Egelhaaf serves as an on-site point of contact for researchers who are considering applying for funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He will introduce himself and his duties e.g. the proposal process especially for those who are applying for the first time.


20.02.2019 Research Data Management - Is it worth it?

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Research Data Management can sound like yet another additional task to worry about during the research process. But, it doesn't have to be hard or complicated. Maurice Schleußinger (The Centre for Information and Media Technology, ZIM at HHU) will talk about the chances and advantages of good Research Data Management and what kind of practical support HHU provides for their researchers. More Information at https://fdm.hhu.de/en


23.01.2019 Career development plan for postdocs at HHU

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Whether you are looking for an academic career or a non-academic career: In any case, concrete goals and planning are an important basis for a career path that suits you. Uta Brunner from JUNO presents the career guide for postdocs developed by JUNO, which is designed to help you take a look at your own career development in good time.


12.12.2018 A short guide to EU funding for research

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Are you interested in EU-funding for research? Have you heard about Horizon2020 and would like to know more about it? Would you like to apply for ERC or Marie S.-Curie funding and need to know where to find support and advice?  Dr. Claudia Whittle and Martina Kuhlmann from the Department of Research and Transfer will provide you with a short introduction into the world’s largest single funding programme for research and innovation called Horizon 2020. In particular, they will talk about the main characteristics of the Marie S. Curie actions and the ERC Starting Grant.
They will also give you a brief overview of the support services available here at the University Administration for researchers applying for third-party funding.


07.11.2018 Research Data Management and Open Science at HHU

The Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer at HHU, Prof. Peter Westhoff will speak about HHU’s Research Data Management and Open Access Policies, its relating technical infrastructures as well as his ideas to promote Open Science at HHU. As a member of DFG’s standing committee for research infrastructure (AWBI) he will also give some insight into current discussions in the German research community on those issues. Finally there is room for discussion on your opinions and needs in terms of data management regulations and standard setting, infrastructure and training at HHU.


10.10.2018 Writing a letter of recommendation

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A certificate of employment or a letter of recommendation are often an essential prerequisite for the next application - especially in science and when applying for scientific funding. However, setting up such a letter for an employee or a student is not an everyday business. Sabine Strerath, HHU Human resources department, points to important legal framework conditions and provides instructions on how to apply for a certificate of employment or a letter of recommendation for yourself or for your employees.


11.07.2018 Career options for postdocs at HHU

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HHU wants to establish the career model of the „Düsseldorfer Weg“, with which three equal-ranking career paths for postdocs are foreseen: the tenure track professorship, the university lecturer and the profession of research managers. The Vice President for Quality in Studies and Human Resource Management at HHU, Prof. Dr. Christoph Börner, presents the concept which shows new perspectives for a career in the university and is available for content-related questions.


16.05.2018 Peer review - insights from an experienced referee

Peer review might seem like a closed book to young scientists - however it follows clear rules and measures that you should appreciate when being reviewed (your own work in papers and articles) and of course when becoming a referee yourself. Professor William Martin; Institute of Molecular Evoution at HHU, will share his experiences as a journal referee, editor, review board member and renowned expert in his field. You are invited to ask questions and discuss your own experiences with him.


18.04.2018 Shape your career - build a network

Establishing a functional network within the research institute, the own faculty and across faculties as well as outside university is very important for young academics and their future career. Dr. Heidrun Dorgeloh, Department of English Language and Linguistics at HHU and Dr. Christian Dumpitak, iGRAD, (both members of the HHU Senate) outline how getting involved at university can give important insights for future career steps.


07.02.2018 German legislation governing short-term contracts for researchers (WissZeitVG) / Informationen zum „Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz“


Sabine Strerath, Dept. of Human Resources at HHU, introduces the regulations of the „Wissenschaftszeit-vertragsgesetz“ and answers questions concerning scientific qualification times for you and your members of staff. The presentation will be in German.


Dr. Manuel Etzkorn

10.01.2018 Experience Report: Emmy Noether Programme Fellow

The Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation supports researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Dr. Manuel Etzkorn, Institute for Physical Biology and Emmy Noether Fellow at HHU since 2013, talks about his experiences within the programme and how it mediated his way of becoming an independent research group leader.

 

 


08.11.2017: Doing research and having a family

Prof. Dr. Martina Krüger
Dr. Sander Smits

The compatibility of family and work is a particular challenge for all parties involved. The successful establishment of a scientific career and the simultaneous establishment of a family has additional difficulties. Prof. Dr. Martina Krüger, W2 professor for cardiovascular physiology, and Dr. Sander Smits, group leader in the Department of Biochemistry, report how they managed to reconcile family and research and what obstacles they had to take.


11.10.2017 Staff selection made easy for junior scientists

The decisive factor for the success of personnel selection is that the profile criteria of the position to be filled correspond to the competences of the new employees to be recruited. This is not just about professional qualifications but also about strong social and personal skills. Fabian Rodies, area head of HR Development at HHU, provides important tips for all junior scientists who have to choose their own staff and have to carry out application processes. He introduces the information materials of the personnel department, will answer questions on staff selection and provides formal (legal) information on the selection process.


20.9.2017 Strategic Research Fund / Strategischer ForschungsFonds (SFF)


It is of strategic importance to HHU to offer attractive working conditions to its early stage researchers. As early scientific independence is vital for an academic career HHU has introduced a funding line within its own Strategic Research Fund (SFF) in special support of young researchers.
Prof. Dr. Peter Westhoff, Vice President for Research and Transfer at HHU, will present information on how to apply for the SFF and will be available for an informal Q&A-Session on the evaluation procedure as well as Do’s and Don’ts for writing a proposal


05.07.2017 Improving Working Conditions for (Junior) Researchers: the EU Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

HHU is committed to offering attractive working conditions to researchers at all stages of their career. This is why HHU is currently carrying out the EU Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).
HHU Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer will talk about this gap analysis, which aims to identify need for improvement concerning issues such as transparent recruitment, support for international researchers, Good Scientific Practice, early scientific independence for junior researchers etc. He is particularly interested to find out about the specific problems early stage career researchers are facing at HHU and to hear more from you on what can be done to improve the situation.

Background information:
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers supports research performing institutions in the implementation of good working conditions for researchers at all career stages. The HRS4R standards are based on the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which were published in 2005 by the European Commission.

Further information on the HR Strategy is available on: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/hrs4r


07.06.2017 Diversity of research careers – risk or opportunity?

Jun.Prof. Ute Scholl

Jun. Prof. Dr. Ute Scholl, Department of Nephrology at HHU, is a member of the Young Academy of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, and part of the Academy's working group „University policy“ that recently published the position paper „Diversity of research careers – risk or opportunity? Perspectives for young academics in Germany“. She will introduce the study and discuss implications for individual research careers. Should young researchers get involved in university policy discussions and can this lead to changes in current structures?


Prof. Stefan Süß, Photo: HHU

12.04.2017 Teaching at HHU - Opportunities and possibilities

HHU combines excellent research with skillful teaching. The aim of the university is to continuosly improve the quality of teaching through specificly supporting programmes and modern teaching concepts for students. Prof. Dr. Stefan Süß, Vice president for the quality of studies and human resource management at HHU, introduces the strategic challenges for teaching and how the univeristy supports its academics.


15.03.2016 Digital Innovation – A Path to Efficient Teaching

PD Dr. Klaus Schaper, Foto: HHU

Universities have successfully established strategies in order to educate their students. In recent years the digital revolution started and influenced all parts of our daily live. Some people believe, that the digitalization will substitute the education at universities.
PD Dr. Klaus Schaper, research group for Organic Photochemistry at HHU and awardee of the “Fellowship for Innovations in Digital Teaching“ and several other teaching awards, does not believe in these predictions, however, he will show that digitalization offers interesting possibilities to advance modern teaching.


15.02.2017 Exploitation and protection of research results in industry collaborations


The transfer of research results in R&D projects between science and industry is becoming increasingly important. Not only contractual fixed legal regulations for industry cooperations are required, but often also detailed exploitation plans. Hanna Sturm und Ingo Gänsler of the Dept. for Research and Transfer at HHU will talk about all requirements and answer your questions. This session will be held in German.


18.01.2017 Experience reports: "Freigeist Fellowship" and "Lichtenberg Professorship"

Prof. Dr. Esther Florin
Dr. Marijn van Wingerden

The Volkswagen Foundation funds research projects in innovative areas and perceives its mission in supporting aspiring young academics and in promoting interdisciplinary and international collaboration. Dr. Marijn van Wingerden, Freigeist Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation at the Institute for Experimental Psychology at HHU and Prof. Dr. Esther Florin holding a Lichtenberg Professorship of the Volkswagen Foundation at the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology at HHU will report on their experiences within the respective funding line of Volkswagen Foundation.


14.12.2016 Useful tips in brief - Applying for a faculty position/Professorship

Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt

Applying for a faculty position/ a Professorship is the highest aim for an academic career. However, before being successfully appointed the application process needs good preparation and performance.
Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt, Chair of Biochemistry at HHU, member of several appointment committees, points to critical situations during the selection process, typical questions during the committee discussions and possible pitfalls during appointment presentation and lecture as well as to ambivalent interests of the current faculty.


09.11.2016 DFG Liaison officer / DFG Vertrauensdozent

Prof. Dr. Stefan Egelhaaf


The HHU DFG Liaison Officer Prof. Dr. Stefan Egelhaaf serves as an on-site point of contact for researchers who are considering applying for funding by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He will introduce himself and his duties e.g. the proposal process especially for those who are applying for the first time.


11.10.2016 German legislation governing short-term contracts for researchers (WissZeitVG) / Informationen zum „Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz“


Sabine Strerath, Head of the Department Research Personnel at HHU, introduces the regulations of the „Wissenschaftszeit-vertragsgesetz“ and answers questions concerning scientific qualification times. The presentation will be in German.


14.9.2016 Strategic Research Fund / Strategischer ForschungsFonds (SFF)


Patricia Nitsch, Dep. Research Management at HHU, is intro-ducing the funding abilities of the Strategic Research Fund (SFF) of HHU. Through SFF top-quality research projects of HHU researchers holding a doctoral degree are supported in order to shape the university's research profile.


06.07.2016 Vice President for International Relations

HHU Vice President Prof. Andrea von Hülsen-Esch (Photo: HHU)

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf is a vivid university and a modern center of research attractive to many international students and early stage researchers. HHU Vice President for International Relations Professor Andrea von Hülsen-Esch will discuss the specific challenges HHU is faced with to further extend services for international early stage and junior researchers during their research stay at HHU as well as to support research stays of early stage researchers abroad.


08.06.2016 From Science to Start-up

Have you ever thought about realising your own business idea or start-up project? At HHU quite a few students and researchers have successfully started their own business as an attractive career option. Martin Kretschmer, start-up coach at DIWA, will give an overview about the steps involved in setting up your own enterprise and how the HHU Start-up Service can provide support along the route from idea to start-up.


11.05.2016 „Master of Business Administration“ – An option for academics?

MBA-programmes are often seen as an accelerator for a career in business. But it can be worth to consider an MBA programme for academics as well. On the one hand research institutions act more and more like companies. On the other hand an MBA can provide scientists with important competencies to start a career outside university. The head of the Düsseldorf Business School, Professor Christoph Börner, will give an insight into the MBA-market typical curricula of MBA programmes and outline admission requirements, schedules, fees and – most important – their relevance for specific careers.


13.04.2016 CERFA (Spanish researchers in Germany)

Beyond establishing a professional network among Spanish scientists working in Germany, this society, aims to bridge scientific collaborations among Spanish and German institutions. Furthermore, CERFA wants to highlight science as a driving force for progress in our society, therefore they organize different activities in order to bring science to a broader audience. Dr. Tanya Romacho, President of the NRW Chapter of CERFA, will give an insight on past and future activities such as the "Women in Science" symposium. Come to find more about CERFA while you enjoy some Spanish tapas.


16.03.2016 Becoming a Juniorprofessor

Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulli Seegers

Acquiring a Habilitation, directly leading a research group or applying for a Junior Professorship? – there are several options to start your academic career: Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulli Seegers, Department of Art History at HHU, will give an insight into her decision of becoming a junior professor. She will talk about which freedoms and also which challenges come with it.


17.02.2016 Shape your career - build a network

Establishing a functional network within the research institute, the own faculty and across faculties as well as outside university is very important for young academics and their future career. Dr. Heidrun Dorgeloh, Department of English Language and Linguistics at HHU and Dr. Christian Dumpitak, iGRAD, (both members of the HHU Senate) outline how getting involved at university can give important insights for future career steps.


13.01.2016 HHU Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer

HHU Vice President Prof. Dr. Peter Westhoff

HHU Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer Prof. Peter Westhoff will discuss the specific challenges HHU is faced with regarding the development of attractive research conditions for early stage and junior researchers on campus.


16.12.2015 Research Support at Your Library

 

You are sitting comfortably at home and want to get some work done, but can’t open an important paper? Did you think of activating your VPN? Back at the university, you need to find a quiet room for a tutorial or discussion with your colleagues, but everywhere you know is already occupied? The Library offers many facilities for individual and group work. Do you know how to verify their availability and how to book them? Or are you interested in publishing your paper on our server, do you have a question with regard to German copyright law, want to know about possibilities of sharing and publishing your research data? These topics and everything else that might interest you about the University and State Library here on campus as an institution of research support can be discussed. Dr. Annemarie Nilges, ULB Subject Librarian, will be at your disposal.


18.11.2015 Mentoring

Dr. Vera Göhre

 

An excellent academic education and the optimum personal development of young academics build the framework for a successful career. Dr. Vera Göhre, research group leader at the Institute for Microbiology at HHU, talks about her experiences taking part in the CEPLAS mentoring programme.


14.10.2015 Emmy Noether Fellow experience report

Dr. Michael Schmiedeberg


The Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation supports researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Dr. Michael Schmiedeberg, since 2011 Emmy Noether Fellow at HHU, talks about his experiences within the programme and how it mediated his way of getting appointed as a professor.

Additional information

Time

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Location

different for each session, please see above

Fee

free admission, bring your own lunch

Contact person

Dr. Uta Brunner, hera@hhu.de

Registration

Open to all - No registration necessary, however, seats are limited.

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