Jump-starting your career

TU Darmstadt offers career weeks around the postdoc phase


In April, early career researchers of the Rhine-Main Universities are invited to join a variety of career and information events to push their postdoc career and network with experienced researchers.

Young researchers at the Rhine-Main universities receive valuable input at the Postdoc Career Weeks 2022.

4 weeks – 14 events – 1 goal: advance your career! This is the slogan of this year's Postdoc Career Weeks at TU Darmstadt. The series of events is taking place for the second time after last year's success and again promises valuable input for young scientists. Many different topics and formats are offered: Workshops on decision-making for doctoral candidates, peer counselling for postdocs, individual counselling on career planning and funding, discussion events with role models in and outside academia, lectures on science communication, webcasts on applying for postdoc and professorship positions and more.

“Our aim is to address the many different topics and special challenges in the postdoc phase, while at the same time taking into account the limited time resources of early career researchers,” says Dr. Bettina Wagner, Managing Director of Ingenium, the graduate organisation for the promotion of early career researchers at the TU.

Over a period of four weeks, as many postdocs as possible should be able to take away as much as possible for their individual career planning in as short a time as possible. To this end, digital formats will be supplemented by occasional face-to-face events. A special highlight: the Welcoming and Opening Ceremony on April 1. This year, it will take place in person. “We are very pleased that our young scientists will finally be able to meet, exchange ideas and network in person again after a long virtual dry spell,” says Bettina Wagner. In addition to a keynote speech on the highly topical subject of science communication by Executive Committee member Dr. Patrick Honecker, Chief Communications Officer of TU Darmstadt, discussions with selected representatives from science, industry, science management and start-up will provide valuable impetus and orientation for (prospective) postdocs.

Interested doctoral candidates and postdocs from the Rhine-Main universities (TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) can find here the complete programme and registration to participate in the event series.

About Ingenium

Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt is the graduate institution for the promotion of young researchers at TU Darmstadt. In cooperation with its members – the departments, graduate schools and research training groups – Ingenium promotes young researchers with regard to plural career goals and supports its members in the implementation of goals for the promotion of young researchers.

About RMU

The Postdoc Career Weeks are organised in cooperation with the Rhine-Main Universities – TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz – and aim to strengthen the networking of early career researchers in the postdoc phase within the alliance.