Our support focuses on bolstering and expanding personal competence and providing guidance for a successful career.
A successful career is very rarely a result of coincidence. Rather, it has to be planned early enough in a strategic way. Competent and experienced support is of course welcome, and the Graduate Services of the universities are already making allowances for that. The JRA supplements these offers by a choice of workshops for PhD students and postdocs.
12 January 2024: How to build a successful career in Science?
Recommendations and testimonials from former H4A junior researchers who have been appointed to a professorship (H4A Winter Plenary, Soltau, 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
22 February 2024: Research funding for junior scientists
Content: Overview funding opportunities, experience reports of successful applicants, advice from reviewer’s perspective (Oldenburg University, W30 0-027/28, 9:00-11:30 a.m.)
Further course offers:
Lab visits abroad
Junior scientists are encouraged to expand their knowledge and professional network by a research stay abroad. The JRA supports a lab visit for several months during the PhD project or postdoctoral phase. Funding is granted for travel expenses and as “foreign allowance” covering additional costs for living in the host country.
Individual career coaching
PhD candidates (during the last year of the doctoral project), postdocs and newly minted junior group leaders can receive professional support for exploring career options. By reflecting on your personality, coaching supports self-assessment and the setting of suitable goals in order to raise your professional profile. You are free to choose the topic to work on, like improving rhetoric skills or assuming leadership responsibility. In any case, a successful coaching requires from you being frank and curious about new horizons. Participants can select their personal coach from our list according to career aspiration or sympathy. Coaching sessions take place as face-to-face or online meetings.