Logo Helmholtz Zentrum München

Postdoc101 Talks

Learn more about the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz that affect the employment of basically early-career researchers on May 25, 2022.

TUM Talent Factory

TUM ForTe organizes these online talks in May in collaboration with the Munich Postdoc Network. Researchers in the Munich area are welcome to join!

25 May 2022 4-6 pm. | All You Need to Know about the „Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz“ (Talk in English)

Description: Most pre-docs and postdocs at German universities are working in limited-term employment contracts according to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). The WissZeitVG limits the overall duration of employment in limited-term contracts at German universities or research institutes for qualification purposes to 12 years (15 years in the field of medicine). In certain cases, for example for childcare, the WissZeitVG allows extensions of the maximum period of employment. It also contains special clauses for limited term employment in third-party funded projects.  This TUM Postdoc101 talk aims to equip participants with the necessary basic knowledge of WissZeitVG that is essential for the planning of a career in science.

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Adam is a lawyer and consultant at Deutscher Hochschulverband, Bonn. Her professional focus is employment law, university law and civil servant law. She offers legal consultations on these topics, support in appointment negotiations for professorships as well as general career advice in the academic field to members of Deutscher Hochschulverband.


18 May 2022 | Hire Only the Best: De-Bias Your Workplace

Description: When selecting staff, we want to hire only the best, but we´re hampered by our own biases in this process. How can we de-bias our workplace?
Hiring staff is one of the most crucial processes in scientists´ careers, yet we´re often remarkably 'un-scientific' when it comes to conducting them. Often, first impressions and other superficialities take over our minds as we try to select the best candidates for a position. We end up hiring clones of ourselves.

In this talk, we'll look at the many pitfalls we're facing when hiring staff, most of which have to do with confirmation biases: we´re prone to try to confirm our initial snap judgments formed during the superficial first impression. How can we devise a process that will focus our minds on relevant information, how can we look behind facades and how can we critically question our own judgments?

This talk is not only relevant for hiring managers. Biases screw up a whole number of work processes, just think of the interpretation of data ("Oh dear, how I´d love to see a peak here...")! We take the hiring process as a case study, but many of the take-homes can be applied to other work settings as well.

Speaker: Dr. Philipp Gramlich has studied and researched chemistry (>2800 citations, Google Scholar 2021) at five universities in Germany, Australia and Scotland. He gained experience in industry, first at baseclick, a biotechnology start-up and later at Eurofins Genomics as Teamleader R&D, QC and Analytics, being responsible for up to 22 staff. Since 2016, he is fully focusing on his work as co-founder of NaturalScience.Careers. He specialises in seminars and talks about career development, leadership and presentation skills. Since 2016, he regularly writes career columns for “Nachrichten aus der Chemie”.

Register via https://www.forte.tum.de/en/forte/postdoc101/ until Tuesday before each event.