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Career after your PhD

23 - 24 November 2017, DESY

Inspiring discussion at the career round table talk with Ingo Schellhammer, Beiersdorf. Photograph: UHH/Kranz

Career after your PhD: Academia, industry or science management?

For the first time, a two-day career fair for more than 100 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences and DESY was dedicated solely to different career paths after the doctoral studies.

The participants were introduced to 16 representatives of industry, academia, business and science management. Aside from keynote speeches and a panel discussion with the subject “From industry to science and vice versa”, the attendees were able to discuss their most important questions in small groups and in individual coaching sessions.

The event was jointly organized by a cooperation of the graduate schools PIER Helmholtz Graduate School, Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI), International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics (IMPRS-UFAST), MIN Graduate School, and School of Integrated Climate System Sciences (SICSS). It took place on the DESY campus in Bahrenfeld.

In the morning session, which was dedicated to three keynote talks on “Career paths of scientists”, Dr. Antje Wegner of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) pointed out that non-academic careers are the rule rather than the exception among former PhD students. In natural sciences, less than half of the graduates are still doing academic work two years after graduation. However, Dr. Wegner advised the participants to choose their first employment very carefully, since the drawbacks of underqualified work can have a lasting influence on one’s career.

Dr. Oliver Dilly talked about his work at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) where his task is to advise and arbitrate between research and politics with regard to funding of future scientific projects. As a scientist, he had attended delegation trips and negotiations worldwide, and in the industry he still can satisfy his scientific curiosity. Nevertheless, he was only offered a permanent position after three years of employment, which seemed surprising to most attendees.

Prof. Dr. Daniela Domeisen had travelled to Hamburg from Switzerland to speak to the PhD students about her international career path which brought her to six different countries, and how she could successfully utilize her scientific experience with weather forecasts at a London stock company. After several postdoctoral contracts, Prof. Domeisen now holds an assistant professorship in Zürich, where she can bring together her expert knowledge in different fields like forecast, modelling and theory.

Other speakers revealed diverse ways into academia, science administration and management, industry and research careers in small round table groups. The participants were provided a unique insight into the work routine and received concrete tips about how to best contact a firm and what the differences between a family business and a public or a DAX-listed company are.

In the final discussion, JunProf. Dr. Thorsten Uphues of Universität Hamburg, Dr. Michael Wegmann of the Research Center Borstel, Prof. Dr. Julia Gebert of Delft University (NL), Dr. Stephan Brandt of the German Federal Health Ministry and Dr. Steffi Beckhaus, freelance trainer and coach, referred about their shared passion for scientific research, which persistently motivates them.

Text: Anne-Catherin Zappe, translation: Hannah Körber

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Event Calendar
Today - 14:00
Location: SR 3a in building 1b.
Today - 15:30
Location: Auditorium
Today - 16:30
Location: seminar room 2
20 Nov. 2018 11:00
Speaker: Jakob Moritz (DESY)
Location: SR2
20 Nov. 2018 13:15
Speaker: Matthew D Watson (University St Andrews)
Location: 25b/109
20 Nov. 2018 14:00
Location: SR1
20 Nov. 2018 14:00
Speaker: BAHL, Henning, BISHARA, Fady
Location: SR1
21 Nov. 2018 09:00
21 Nov. 2018 10:00
Location: SR I-III
21 Nov. 2018 10:00
Location: building 61 (PIER Office), room 116
21 Nov. 2018 12:30
Speaker: Philipp Tontsch (Hamburg University)
Location: SR3
21 Nov. 2018 14:30
Location: build. 2a, SR2
22 Nov. 2018 09:30
Chaired by: Verena Behrens
Location: 3, building 1b
22 Nov. 2018 10:00
Speaker: Umberto De Giovannini
Location: SR II+III
22 Nov. 2018 12:00
TBA
Speaker: Yohei Ema (DESY)
Location: Library
22 Nov. 2018 12:00
Speaker: Haynes Cheng
Location: SR1
22 Nov. 2018 14:15
Speaker: Sergei Razamat (Technion)
Location: SR2
23 Nov. 2018 13:00
Location: Lecture hall, building 5, room 350; Flash seminar room, building 28c, room 130
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