DKFZ Career Service: Scientific Life beyond the Lab
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The DKFZ Career Service aims to support all Masters, PhD students and Postdocs at the DKFZ in the planning of their professional future. The Career Service provides (1) career-related workshops and conferences; (2) personal coaching and advising; and (3) expansion of the career network by following up with scientists after their stay at the dkfz. Sharing experience with scientists in Academia, Industry and beyond is a great help to take informed decisions about one’s own career.
With the support of the Career Service, PhD students and Postdocs invite scientists with interesting career paths for a short presentation and panel discussion. Many other career seminars are coordinated together with other instances in Heidelberg so that at least once per year it is possible to meet scientists with careers in academia as well as industry, R&D, consulting, publishing, research management, patenting, teaching, etc…
Workshops and Courses
The Career Service organizes workshops on e.g. application skills, CV writing, “Career Plan B (Life/Work Planning)”, soft skills, business for scientists etc. A detailed overview can be found in a separate chapter in the Advanced Training Program.
http://logaportal/maportal -> Seminar Enrolment -> Topics -> Scientific Career Development/Service
PhD students and Postdocs from the DKFZ can make a date for a personal and confidential chat of 45 minutes with the Career Advisor. Different modules are possible:
a) Orientation, Competencies, Possibilities, Career Planning
-> please have a look at myidp.sciencecareers.org and bring along your questions
b) How and where to look for professional possibilities, application and interivew preparation
-> you have a career plan A (and B!) and would like to discuss how to get there
A doodle link for appointments can be be received from email@example.com
Open Career Lunch
For all interested scientists (from masters’ students to senior postdocs) there is a “career lunch” every Thursday, for which you can confidentially register on the intranet. This is just to meet in person, ask questions and exchange information! Often a special guest is invited as well. It’s never too soon or too late to talk about your future…
Science & Society
Think and discuss YOUR role as a scientist, Science in a broader sense, Ethical issues, Talking to the public, Engaging in voluntary projects. Why? It should be a moral duty for every scientist and the real PLUS on your CV is your Interest – Engagement – Experience!
Examples of Science and Society activities are the Heidelberg Life Science Lab (teaching high school students), Adequation (shipping used lab equipment to third world countries), collaborations with the EMBL and Heidelberg University.
Join the DKFZ Alumni Network
While still working at the DKFZ since at least 3 months or after leaving, you are very welcome to join the DKFZ Alumni Network. You can apply for a free email address which will forward messages to your private email, so you can be contacted under firstname.lastname@example.org without giving out your private address.
You can also join the DKFZ-Career-Network on LinkedIn and/or Xing
DKFZ Career Manager
Dr. Barbara Janssens is the Career Manager who joined the DKFZ in 2011. She is Belgian (PhD in molecular and cell biology from Ghent University), and after a postdoc in Paris she worked for five years as an Editor at Wiley-Blackwell. You can contact Barbara by email.
Career Information for DKFZ PhD Students and Postdocs
Further information about the Career Service can be found on the DKFZ intranet, including a sharepoint site. This includes a list of career-related books in the DKFZ library and information about our PhD careers survey, the DKFZ Career Service Facebook page and a useful mailing list.
Please contact Barbara, the Graduate Office or the Department for Further Education for more information.
Successful applications - Five tips how to boost your career
At The EMBO Meeting 2012 in Nice Barbara Janssens, PhD Career Manager at DKFZ, gave five tips on how to write CV and job applications.