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Taking the next steps: a career toolkit for researchers at the beginning of their postdoc phase

JUNO Workshop


Target audience early postdocs of all research areas at the beginning of their postdoc
Language Englisch
Duration 2 + 1 (follow up) days
Type of workshop Online Training
Capacity max. 12
Credits for habilitation yes
Workshop costs Participation is free for HHU members and members of HHU's Medical Faculty.
Registration Please register using the registration form below.

Upcoming Workshops

Date Time Registration
19./20.05.2021 (online)
+ 17.01.2022
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration

18./19.01.2022 (online)
+ one day (tba) in 2022 (ENG)

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration

This workshop series is specially designed for early Postdocs who want to advance their career portfolio. Success of advanced training is dependent on the participants, content, the method and the trainers. This workshop series has two unique advantages: it is given by scientists for scientists. In addition, the workshop program consists of a balanced and structured set of activities and review sessions that provide directly applicable tools for everyday lab situations and long-term success in science. The aim is to induce reflection, increase awareness and knowledge and build a resilient network.


Get information across - identify on your scientific unique selling point

Elevator pitch, graphical abstract, word your central message, 4 laws of presentation: Adapt to the audience – Maximize signal-to-noise ratio - Use effective redundancy on multiple channels – Tell a story

Make plans and adapt them

Structured problem solving, SMART goals for your career: skills, values, interests, expectations, personality traits, “Plans are nothing, planning is everything”: writing it down is the first step to making it happen, personal career development plan, plan A & B, career mates


Delegating vs micromanagement, democratic vs dictatorship, first follower, feedback as leadership tool, sending and receiving, common leadership rules, identify your vision and values, situational and behavioral leadership

Conflict and negotiation

Group dynamics (Tuckman model), conflict management, building trust, your motivation and their motivation, negotiation tools (Harvard principles), collaborative conflict handling style (Thomas Kilman)

Reactivation of Course A

What did we do last time? Using group memory we collect content from Course A. Who met with their career mate? What was discussed? Who has a written cdp? Who addressed their pilot cdp? What are expectations for Course B?

Selection of content depends on expectations of participants


Adaptation of the 2 Dollar game: in three negotiation rounds participants understand tangibles vs intangibles, increasing the pie, BATNA, resistance point, positive and negative bargaining range, soft on the people - hard on the matter, style, strategy, expanding Harvard negotiation principles

Communication and self-management

Four sides of a message (F. Schulz v. Thun), Riemann-Thomann model with inner team, practical pieces of advice, active listening, negative listening behaviors, small talk towards intense talk, handling the impostor syndrome, procrastination, perfectionism: Act, do not react; Collaboration: Win/Win needs pay/pay; Alternating Win/Loose; Realistic and real-time self-awareness; Synergize in valuing difference; Balanced renewal – “Sharpen the axe”

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.


This was one of the best workshops I participated. Alexander is a great tutor and mentor! Thank you! The interaction with the other participants was great and highly recommended as well as encouraged by Alexander.

Participant of the workshop on 17./18.11.2020 + 18.05.2021
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