HOW TO
Apply For A Postdoc Position

2-day in-house course

Overview

This two-day course supports you in applying successfully for a post-doc position or teaching/research position at the career-entry level. If you are having trouble with the mechanics of applying for an academic position, unsure what to submit or how to prepare for a job interview/offer, this is the course for you. You work with your own application material and go through the application process for a currently existing job opening in your field. We focus on preparing the written application material for an existing position you’d like to apply for.

You will learn how to write a compelling cover letter, how pitch your CV exactly so that it matches the job openings which interest you, and how to prepare for job interviews. We show you where to find the best job openings and take you through the final stages of negotiating your contract. You will also learn how to react when offered a position and what to discuss with your future employer in order to get your career off to a good start!

What you learn

  • How does the job seeking process works?
  • How to locate and de-code job advertisements?
  • How to prepare an unsolicited application?
  • How to write application letters?
  • How to develop a CV?
  • How to prepare for job interviews?
  • How to respond to a job offer?
  • How to negotiate your contract?

Level

Junior researchers & research/teaching assistants with PhD (later stage PhDs)

ECTS

1

Participants

max. 20

Duration

2 days (9 am – 5 pm)

Instructor

Dr. Bärbel Tress

Venue

In-house at your preferred location

Get Started Yourself

How We Helped Others With
Applying For A Postdoc

“After taking this course, I know now exactly what kind of questions I have to ask myself: What do I really want to do in the future? What is my academic career about? Thank you for guiding us!”

PhD student

GSN Graduate School, University of Munich, Germany

“The course helped to focus on the next steps in our career. By changing the perspective I found out what informations are relevant to get across and how to deal with difficult situations in the application process.”

PhD student

University of Basel, Switzerland

“I’d recommend the training to everyone applying for a post-doc/other academic position. We learned so many helpful steps that we can easily apply when looking for our next positions.”

PhD student

GSN Graduate School, University of Munich, Germany

“I feel confident now not to drop out because of badly compiled material for the application.”

PhD student

University of Basel, Switzerland

“I particularly liked that we got feedback on our application material from the course leader, who is an expert!”

PhD student

University of Basel, Switzerland

“I have more confidence now, the entire process is less scary and I feel encouraged to apply.”

PhD student

University of Basel, Switzerland