Webcast - Planing and optimizing your academic career

A webcast offered by the Human Resources Development

The advanced doctoral and early postdoc phase is crucial for the further course of one’s own academic career, and is torn between dependent employment and maintaining scientific independence. Postdocs are confronted with numerous professional challenges and hurdles on the way to long-term scientific work: Independent publications, the acquisition of third-party funds and the implementation of independent research, the development of a teaching portfolio, participation in scientific communication and the establishment of a separate network of colleagues and cooperation partners, stays abroad … which tasks are particularly important, and at what point? What has the top priority? What is an appropriate time-frame? How and where should I even start? How important is the habilitation? During the webcasts, participants can take stock to reflect upon their own current position. Building upon this, goals and important steps towards one’s own long-term career in academia are planned out.


on demand video streaming
3 h


Dr. Dieta Kuchenbrandt


German / English


Online via Vimeo & Dropbox

Target group



Research Track


Certificate of attendance | 4 units are applicable within the "Postdoc plus" certificates 

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The Webcast consists of three parts:

  • An overview of the particularly important tasks in planning an academic career
  • Hints for the prioritization of the various tasks
  • Indicators for an appropriate time-frame
  • Reflection upon your own current position
  • Building goals and important steps towards one’s own long-term career in academia.

Frequently asked questions

No. Human Resources Development will cover the costs.

Yes, if an event is fully booked, we will put you on the waiting list. You will then move up if a place becomes available again in time before the start of the event.

The premises in the "Alte Sternwarte" are only accessible to a limited extent. If you need assistance with access, please contact the indicated contact person in time, so that we can support you accordingly on the day of the event.

If you need childcare during an event, please contact the Family Office of the University of Bonn.

In order to be able to participate in the training offers of the Human Resources Development of the University of Bonn, you must have an employment contract with the University of Bonn, be an enrolled PhD student, be active in research for the University of Bonn or be an associated member of a research network. 

For all our event offerings, you will generally receive a confirmation of participation in the event and of its contents.

In addition, we are currently developing a certificate offering along the three "Career Tracks": "Research", "Research Management" and "Business & Organizations". More information will be available soon on the related page of the certificate program: Postdoc plus.

If the currently displayed event can be credited to one of the three "tracks", this is indicated accordingly. 


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Poppelsdorfer Allee 47

53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-4199

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