HOW TO
Apply For An Academic Staff Position

3-day in-house course

Overview

This 3-day course supports you in applying successfully for a permanent position in research or higher education. If you are struggling to understand what the academic job market is looking for, unsure of how to promote you and your work, or nervous in job interviews this course is for you! You work with your own application material and go through a mock application process for a currently existing job opening in your field. You practice all the main steps of the application process, from where to find the best job openings to the final stages of negotiating your contract.

You will learn how to pitch your CV so that it will exactly match the job openings which interest you. We put a focus on interviews including practicing the preparation for job interviews, giving a compelling job talk for a selection committee, and responding to their questions. We also cover the important matter of what to consider during campus visits, and how to make the best possible impression on your potential employer. You will also learn how to react when offered a position, and how best to negotiate. Find career success in your academic field!

What you learn

  • How to locate and de-code job advertisements?
  • How to write application letters?
  • How to develop a CV?
  • How to prepare for job interviews?
  • How to prepare the job talk?
  • How to make the most of campus visits?
  • How to respond to a job offer?
  • How to negotiate your contract?

Level

Advanced level, applying for positions on professorship/lecturer/researcher

ECTS

1.5

Participants

max. 15

Duration

3 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 Academic Staff Positions

“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