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How to start your own lab?
The toolkit for academic success: Funding, Science and People

JUNO Workshop

Target audienceadvanced Postdocs, junior research group leaders and junior professors of all research areas

2 days

Capacitymax. 12

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Workshop description

Funding overview of the strategic decisions regarding your funding opportunities.

  • Stipends and faculty positions: pros and cons
  • Planning and managing my start
  • Planning my career

Science will enable you to structure your own group and position it within the environment at your institute and beyond.

  • Scientific exchange between peers: other participants face the same challenges as you
  • Finding good collaborations
  • How to get independent from your supervisor
  • How to perform interdisciplinary research
  • How to find mentors

People is all about leading; yourself and your team.

  • Situational leadership
  • Team structures and hierarchies
  • Hiring and firing staff
  • Your lab “constitution”
  • Feedback
  • Conflict management
  • Time management


Dr. ès sc. habil. Alexander Schiller was a junior professor for inorganic chemistry at the University of Jena (Germany). As inorganic chemistry professor he broadened his portfolio in 2012 with the project „Schiller & Mertens“: teaching advanced research skills, such as communication in science, team building and leading competences and didactics and methodology in university teaching. As former researcher and group leader Dr. Schiller knows the challenges of natural scientists and addresses them in an interactive setting. 

Dr. Philipp Gramlich has studied and researched chemistry at various universities in Germany, Australia and Scotland. After experiences in industry at baseclick and Eurofins Genomics, he co-founded NaturalScience.Careers. He focuses on career- and skill-development for natural scientists.

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