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PhD/Postdoc Career Center

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As an umbrella organization, the PhD/Postdoc Career Center at Osnabrück University brings together doctoral candidates and postdocs from all schools of Osnabrück University, linking the entire research-oriented training for doctoral candidates. The PhD/Postdoc Career Center provides training opportunities for all doctoral candidates and postdocs, specially tailored to their needs, as well as individual advancement to optimize their scientific work and to enable them to acquire labor market-related skills. ZePrOs-Flyer


Invitation "PhD/Postdoc-Day" on March 14, 2017

The PhD/Postdoc Career Center (ZePrOs) is pleased to announce the “PhD/Postdoc-Day” 2017 at Osnabrück University 2017.” Doctoral candidates, postdocs and teaching staff as well as prospective doctoral candidates who are currently in a master’s program and or who have recently graduated from Osnabrück University or Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences are welcome to attend.
This one-day event, including workshops, short presentations, and opportunities to meet for information and advice in an informal atmosphere, offers doctoral candidates, postdocs and prospective doctoral candidates from a variety of departments the opportunity to network, helping them to gather – and share – information about the decision-making processes committing a person to doctoral studies, earning a doctorate, and managing the postdoc phase in general. Priorities include questions about financing the doctorate, forms of academic publication, career paths and prospects of early career researchers in university and non-university fields of work, creating a work life balance, and the Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act.
You can see from the program that some workshops will be held in English. Individual consultation will be offered bilingually.
During this event, meetings of the General Assemblies of the doctoral candidates and postdocs of Osnabrück University will take place, as well as elections of PhD and postdoc representatives for the Scientific Advisory Council of the PhD/Postdoc Career Center.
The “PhD/Postdoc-Day” will close with a public lecture on the topic of “Qualification paths to a professorship.” The subsequent panel discussion will focus on the experiences researchers early in their careers have had pursuing different career paths in academia, as well as current developments relating to higher education policy and support for young scholars.


Please state in your registration form which program items you wish to attend.
Registration deadline: 10 March 2017

"Career direct" - a new program of the Phd/Postdoc Career Center

The “Career direct” program offered by the PhD/Postdoc Career Center provides bespoke support to young female researchers seeking to develop their careers. Specific measures are supported in career transition phases within academia or outside it:

- Preparation for application procedures and appointment processes [application portfolio checking service, individual one-on-one coaching to prepare for interviews, appointment discussions, etc.]

- Targeted establishment of professional networks within academia and outside it [reimbursement of travel expenses for visiting (international) network partners, reimbursement of costs for participating in job fairs and specialist trade fairs, etc.]

- Self-marketing [creating profiles on the own website or social platforms/online networks, for example XING, LinkedIn, femconsult]

Contact partners:

For female doctoral candidates: Dr. Sabine Mehlmann sabine.mehlmann@uos.de

For female postdocs and junior professors: Dr. Elke Bertke elke.bertke@uos.de

* The program is financed via the “Professorinnenprogramm”, and is therefore open to women only.


networking activities

promos- Doctoral Students' Council

Doctoral students make up one of the largest groups of stakeholders at a university, but they often do not have a unified voice and rarely have the opportunity to connect to fellow students outside of their disciplinary boundaries. This is why the Doctoral Students' Council (promos) was set up to speak for all doctoral students of Osnabrück University, while also providing a platform for interdisciplinary exchange. In our work, we represent the doctoral students of Osnabrück University in university-wide committees and to outside interests. You can find more information - for example abour our "Promovierenden-Stammtisch" and our newsletter - at: www.promos.uni-osnabrueck.de. If you have any suggestions, ideas or want to join us and become active in the Doctoral Students' Council, send us an e-mail!

Contact: Alexander Büssing and Hannah Flaßkamp

Postdoc-representatives at Osnabrueck University

The aim of the postdoc representatives in the Scientific Advisory Council of the PhD/ Postdoc Career Center (ZePrOs) is to ensure that the particular interests and needs of the second qualification phase will be adequately considered.
An informal regulars’ table, a mailing list with information about events around the Osnabrück University, as well as the study group “Postdocs at Osnabrück University” (Stud.IP) [>StudIP – Community – Study groups – Postdocs at Osnabrück University<] with information and discussion rounds on the improvement of the situation of young scientists, serve as an interdisciplinary exchange of information and networking among the postdocs of Osnabrück University.
We would be delighted about your participation!

Postdoc representatives at Osnabrück University:

Dr. Andrea Stahl

Dr. Ann-Kathrin Kößler

As part of the regular meetings of the postdocs, following contact persons were named within the school.
Contact persons are (as of 13.02.2017):

  • Dr. rer. nat. Matthijs Kol, School of Biology/Chemistry
  • Matthew Adamson Ph. D., School of Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Dr. phil. Andrea Stahl, School of Language an Literary Studies
  • Dr. rer. nat. Natalie Ulrich, School of Human Science

The PhD/Postdoc Career Center Environmental Group

The PhD/Postdoc Career Center Environmental Group is on the lookout for new members!

The Environmental Group is composed of young scholars from various disciplines. The group currently includes doctoral candidates from the areas of History, Geography, Political Science, Law, Biodidactics and Systems Science.