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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: 10-11 December 2019
Time management: 2-3 April 2020
Teamwork and networking
Good scientific practice: 7 May 2020
Communication skills
Intercultural training
Programming skills: 21-22 November 2019 (Function optimization)
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: 10-11 December 2019
Media and PR training
Dealing with conflict and criticism
Effective strategies for teaching at university (at HUL)
Programming skills: 21-22 November 2019 (Function optimization)
Awareness of sexual harassment in work situations


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

Career development and planning
Leadership styles and skills
Project management
Grant writing
Entrepreneurship and business skills: 13 December 2019
PhD defense training
Job interview training
Programming skills: 21-22 November 2019 (Function optimization)
Awareness of sexual harassment in work situations


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


Fellows
Chu Wang
Infection and structural Biology
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Christian Nweze
Photon Science/Nanoscience
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Alumni
Parisa Bayat
Nanoscience
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Jhilik Majumdar
Particle and Astroparticle Physics
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Event Calendar
18 Nov. 2019 to 20 Nov. 2019
Location: Room L202, Bldg. 48e, 2nd floor
18 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019
Speaker: Dr. MELZER-PELLMANN, Isabell-A., Mr. ECSEDI, Kornel
Location: SR 4a/b
20 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019
Location: FLASH Seminar Room (Bldg. 28c, second floor)
21 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019
Chaired by: Wolfgang Brehm
Location: Seminar room 3
21 Nov. 2019 10:00
Speaker: Nikolay Shvetsov-Shilovskiy
Location: SR I+II
21 Nov. 2019 12:00
Location: 4th floor (Library)
21 Nov. 2019 15:30
Location: CMS meeting room
22 Nov. 2019 14:00
Speaker: Roser Valenti (Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP), Frankfurt, Germany)
Location: CFEL SR I-III (Bldg. 99)
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