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Career Development Program for Postdocs Tenure-Track

Quo vadis postdoc?

As an assist­ant pro­fessor with a qual­i­fic­a­tion agree­ment (QA), you already know what you are ex­pec­ted to achieve over the com­ing years in terms of re­search, teach­ing, and ad­min­is­tra­tion in order to be given a per­man­ent con­tract as an as­so­ci­ate pro­fessor at WU. The Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram is in­ten­ded to help you reach your tar­gets in these three areas and to provide a solid found­a­tion for your fu­ture role as an as­so­ci­ate pro­fessor.

The pro­gram also fo­cuses on the fol­low­ing aspects to provide the best possible sup­port for you in your aca­demic ca­reer:

  • In­di­vidual ques­tions about your qual­i­fic­a­tion phase and fur­ther steps in your aca­demic ca­reer •Build­ing peer net­works

  • Es­tab­lish­ing con­tact with key WU fac­ulty and staff mem­bers to provide a bet­ter in­sight into WU’s goals, strategies, and de­cision-­mak­ing pro­cesses

  • Learn­ing about struc­tures and ca­reer­-re­lated pro­cesses in aca­demia

  • Cre­at­ing aware­ness for rel­ev­ant, in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary skill areas and top­ics

  • Pro­fes­sion­al­iz­a­tion of ap­plic­a­tion-re­lated skills

Tar­get group

What can the pro­gram do for you?

Avail­able Ca­reer Devel­op­ment mod­ules at a glance

When you meet with the Per­son­nel Devel­op­ment rep­res­ent­at­ive, you will put to­gether your own, in­di­vidual ca­reer devel­op­ment pack­age that can in­clude the fol­low­ing mod­ules:

Peer Coach­ing

In­di­vidual Coach­ing



How do I Par­ti­cip­ate?

I.As soon as you have entered into a qual­i­fic­a­tion agree­ment (QA) and this agree­ment has taken ef­fect, the Per­son­nel Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Of­fice will send you a writ­ten in­vit­a­tion to par­ti­cip­ate in the Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram. After you reply by email in­dic­at­ing your in­terest in the pro­gram, you will be in­vited to a per­sonal con­sulta­tion with a rep­res­ent­at­ive of the Per­son­nel Devel­op­ment Of­fice.

II. At your per­sonal con­sulta­tion, you will be given some gen­eral in­form­a­tion about the pro­gram, what it’s all about and how it’s or­gan­ized, and an over­view of avail­able coaches. We will go over all the op­tions and in­di­vidual of­fers the pro­gram provides and dis­cuss your in­di­vidual needs. After this ex­change, we will put to­gether your in­di­vidual Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pack­age.

To help you get star­ted with your per­sonal Ca­reer Devel­op­ment pro­gram as soon as possible, you will be asked to fill out a brief on­line pro­file that will be sent out to all mem­bers of your peer group, with your con­sent. This gives the other assist­ant pro­fess­ors some ini­tial in­form­a­tion about you so that you can get off to an op­timal start at the next avail­able peer coach­ing ses­sion.

III. Your fur­ther par­ti­cip­a­tion in the pro­gram is then mainly self-or­gan­ized. In ad­di­tion to the reg­u­larly sched­uled peer coach­ing ses­sions, you have the op­tion of at­tend­ing

  • Ex­pertTalks or­gan­ized by you and your peer group

  • In­di­vidual ca­reer coach­ing (up to six 60-minute ses­sions)

  • Ap­plic­a­tion sem­inars and other se­lec­ted work­shops

IV. You will be is­sued a cer­ti­fic­ate after com­ple­tion of the pro­gram. To re­ceive your con­firm­a­tion cer­ti­fic­ate, you need to have at­ten­ded the agreed-upon pro­gram ele­ments, and we ask you to assist us with our qual­ity con­trol by join­ing us for a brief fi­nal evalu­ation.

What do you have to do for the pro­gram?

Par­ti­cip­a­tion fees