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Research & Career Skills

In addition to the qualifications specific to a profession, other abilities also play an important role when it comes to successfully planning one’s career and life.

The qualification concept of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School focuses on the acquisition of key research and career skills. In the PIER Education Platform, we offer a comprehensive research and career skills curriculum with workshops, trainings and networking opportunities for young researchers.

The curriculum is tailor-made for PhD students and focuses on the needs in the respective stage of the individual research projects - from research effectiveness for first year PhD students to career and leadership training for doctoral candidates in their third year. For the latest workshops and soft skills courses see the list below or the announcements in the news sections of this website.


First year PhD students: Research skills development and personal research effectiveness

Scientific writing skills: 1 + 8 March 2021
Time and self management: 29-30 October 2020
Teamwork and networking
Good scientific practice: 17 February 2021
Communication & conflict management: 26-27 October 2020
Intercultural training
Awareness of sexual harassment in work situations


Second year PhD students: Presentation, publishing and communication skills in a research context

Visualization and presentation skills: 26-27 October 2020
Competent at conferences
Scientific writing skills: 1 + 8 March 2021
Media and PR training
Dealing with conflict and criticism: 26-27 October 2020


Third year PhD students: Developing unterstanding, skills and confidence in key areas of career planning and leadership

Career development and planning
Leadership styles and skills: 29-30 October 2020
Project management
Grant writing
Entrepreneurship & business - PIER Startup Bootcamp III: Trends, Markets and Opportunities: 23 October 2020
PhD defense training
Last steps of your PhD
Job interview training


Programming skills

Python basics: 7-9 December 2020
Python for advanced users
Machine Learning in Python: 21-22 January 2021
Matlab
C++
Linux


The workshops are usually one-day courses for a maximum number of 15 participants and are offered once or twice a year. The trainers are carefully selected experts with many years of experience in teaching scientists. Some of the workshops are open for postdocs.

All workshops listed above are part of the PIER Education Platform (PEP) for career, research and soft skills. The workshops in PEP are open for PhD students of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School and its cooperation partners on Bahrenfeld Campus/DESY. PEP is a cooperation of the PIER Helmholtz Graduate School, the Quantum Universe Research School QURS, and the Research School of the Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging / Advanced Imaging of Matter CUI/AIM.
PhD students from other affiliated research centers such as DASHH, the Collaborative Research Center SFB 925, the International Max Planck Research School for Ultrafast Imaging & Structural Dynamics IMPRS-UFAST, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology CSSB, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL may also participate upon request.


IT training at DESY:

DESY offers IT training for its staff and PhD students with a DESY affiliation. In order to register, you need to have a DESY account to log on. See here for more details and course registration.
 


Skills training at DESY Education (DESY Fortbildung)

DESY Education also offers transferable skills courses and workshops. Target group are DESY staff, but doctoral students or visting scientists are also welcome. The course overview is accessible for all users with a DESY account. More information at DESY Education.


Workshops and career training outside Bahrenfeld campus:

CAREER CENTER The Career Center at Universität Hamburg sees itself as a service provider, guiding PhD students and graduates (who graduated less than 2 years ago) in preparing for and setting out on their careers: Career Center Universität Hamburg

COMPASS is a programme of the human resources department of Universität Hamburg open for all PhD students enrolled at UHH. Early registration is recommended, as most workshops fill quickly. Universität Hamburg also offers other qualification options for doctoral candidates such as individual advising services and the BROWN BAG career series: Compass.

Hamburger Zentrum für Universitäres Lehren und Lernen (HUL) offers a regular programme on good teaching practice for all researchers with teaching duties at Universität Hamburg, including PhD students. Most of the courses (and the registration site) are in German, but once or twice per year HUL also offers courses and workshops for English speakers: Information and registration.

The Hamburg Research Academy (HRA) is the central port of call for doctoral candidates, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers at nine higher education institutions in Hamburg. HRA supports your academic career or as you consider other fields with target-group-specific events and workshops: more information.


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Event Calendar
08 May. 2020 to 01 Dec. 2020
Chaired by: Dr Wille, Hans-Christian (DESY) ; Dr Seeck, Oliver (Desy) et al.
Location: DESY, HAMBURG
07 Oct. 2020 to 30 Nov. 2020
26 Oct. 2020 to 27 Oct. 2020
Chaired by: Ms Staben, Maike
Location: Online via Zoom
26 Oct. 2020 to 27 Oct. 2020
Chaired by: Dr Rohr, Carsten
Location: Online via Zoom
28 Oct. 2020 to 30 Oct. 2020
Speaker: Pearson, Arwen (Universität Hamburg) ; Basu, Jaydeep (IISC) et al.
Location: Online
28 Oct. 2020 - 11:00
Chaired by: Ostermayer, Martin (Shortcut Ventures)
Location: Zoom
29 Oct. 2020 to 30 Oct. 2020
Chaired by: Mr Thompson, Robert
Location: Online via Zoom
29 Oct. 2020 to 30 Oct. 2020
Chaired by: Dr Mayer, Matthias
Location: Online via Zoom
29 Oct. 2020 - 09:00
Speaker: Sandra Consuegra Rodríguez
Location: DESY, Gebäude 1b, 2.OG
Room: Seminarraum 3
29 Oct. 2020 - 10:30
Speaker: Liu, Di (DESY)
29 Oct. 2020 - 14:30
Speaker: Kutak, Krzysztof
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