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Research & Career Skills

In addition to the qualifications specific to a profession, other abilities also play an important role when it comes to successfully planning one’s career and life.

The qualification concept of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School focuses on the acquisition of key research and career skills. In the PIER research and career skills curriculum, we offer workshops, training and networking opportunities for young researchers.

The curriculum is tailor-made for PhD students and focuses on the needs in the respective stage of the individual research projects: From research effectiveness for first year PhD students to career and leadership training for doctoral candidates in their third year planning a career in business, industry or academia. For the latest workshops and soft skills courses see the announcements in the news and events sections of the navigation menu.


First year PhD students: Research skills development and personal research effectiveness

Scientific writing skills: 1-2 October 2020
Time management: 2-3 April 2020
Teamwork and networking
Good scientific practice: 7 May 2020
Communication skills: 3 March - 26 May 2020
Intercultural training
Awareness of sexual harassment in work situations


Second year PhD students: Presentation, publishing and communication skills in a research context

Presentation skills and techniques: 5-6 October 2020
Competent at conferences
Scientific writing skills: 1-2 October 2020
Media and PR training
Dealing with conflict and criticism: 3 March - 26 May 2020


Third year PhD students: Developing unterstanding, skills and confidence in key areas of career planning and leadership

Career coaching: 17 October 2019 - 30 April 2020
Career development and planning: 31 March - 1 April 2020
Supervision and leadership styles and skills: 30-31 April 2020
Project management: 3 April 2020
Grant writing
Entrepreneurship and business skills
PhD defense training
Last steps of your PhD: 11 March 2020
Job interview training


Programming skills

Machine Learning in Python: 5-7 February 2020
Python basics: 23-25 June 2020
Python for advanced users
Matlab: 16-18 March 2020
C++
Linux


The workshops are usually one-day courses for a maximum number of 15 participants and are offered once or twice a year. The trainers are carefully selected experts with many years of experience in teaching scientists. Some of the workshops are open for postdocs.

Many of the workshops of the research and career skills curriculum are a cooperation between the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and its partner organisations and institutes such as the Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe, the Collaborative Research Center SFB 925, The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging CUI, the International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics IMPRS-UFAST, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology CSSB, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL.


IT training at DESY:

DESY offers IT training for its staff and PhD students with a DESY affiliation. In order to register, you need to have a DESY account to log on. See here for more details and course registration.
 


Skills training at DESY Education (DESY Fortbildung)

DESY Education also offers transferable skills courses and workshops. Target group are DESY staff, but doctoral students or visting scientists are also welcome. The course overview is accessible for all users with a DESY account. More information at DESY Education.


Workshops and career training outside Bahrenfeld campus:

COMPASS is a programme of the human resources department of Universität Hamburg open for all PhD students enrolled at UHH. Early registration is recommended, as most workshops fill quickly. Universität Hamburg also offers other qualification options for doctoral candidates such as individual advising services and the BROWN BAG career series: Compass.

Hamburger Zentrum für Universitäres Lehren und Lernen (HUL) offers a regular programme on good teaching practice for all researchers with teaching duties at Universität Hamburg, including PhD students. Most of the courses (and the registration site) are in German, but once or twice per year HUL also offers courses and workshops for English speakers: Information and registration.

The Hamburg Research Academy (HRA) is the central port of call for doctoral candidates, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers at nine higher education institutions in Hamburg. HRA supports your academic career or as you consider other fields with target-group-specific events and workshops: more information.


Queries and suggestions
PIER Office
Mirko Siemssen
+49-40-8998-5506
mirko.siemssen@pier-hamburg.de


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Photon Science/Nanoscience
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Nanoscience
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Particle and Astroparticle Physics
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Event Calendar
17 Feb. 2020 to 28 Feb. 2020
Location: Building 1b, Seminar Room 4
17 Feb. 2020 to 28 Feb. 2020
Speaker: BEHNKE, Ties, DE LA TAILLE, Christophe
Location: SR 4a/b
18 Feb. 2020 11:00
Speaker: Stefan Schlauderer (Universität Regensburg)
Location: SR II+III ground floor
18 Feb. 2020 13:15
Speaker: Pompidor Guillaume (EMBL)
Location: 109
18 Feb. 2020 15:00
Speaker: Andrea Caputo (U Valencia)
Location: SR2
18 Feb. 2020 16:45
Speaker: Andrew Taylor (DESY)
Location: Auditorium
19 Feb. 2020 14:00
Speaker: Oliver Kühn (Universität Rostock, Institut für Physik, Rostock, Germany)
Location: seminar room IV, first floor
20 Feb. 2020 12:00
Chaired by: PIER
Speaker: Katja Werner (Founder of PiNa-Tec)
Location: SR1
20 Feb. 2020 15:30
Location: CMS meeting room
20 Feb. 2020 15:30
Location: CMS meeting room
21 Feb. 2020 10:00
Speaker: Linda Vanessa Thesing
Location: Gebäude 99, Seminarraum I + II
21 Feb. 2020 11:00
Speaker: Matthias Steinhauser (KIT, Karlsruhe)
21 Feb. 2020 13:00
Chaired by: Tobias Pohlmann
Location: CSSB Cafeteria, bldg. 15, 1st floor
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