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PoGS postdoc representatives 2018

On June 1, 2018, the PoGS members elected the current postdoc representatives at the general assembly.

Dr. Janin Henkel-Oberländer, postdoc representative

University of Potsdam,
Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Molecular Enzymology
Contact: jhenkel@uni-potsdam.de
Contact languages: German, English

Why do I want to be a PoGS postdoc representative?

I studied and received my doctorate at the University of Potsdam. I work as a research assistant at the Institute of Nutritional Science. Since the beginning of my postdoc period, I have participated in a number of PoGS-funded continuing education and qualification programs, e.g. Senior Teaching Professionals, Career Compass and ACADEMIA modules. For me personally this was a great enrichment, because I could improve my skills as well as build up networks with other scientists. These contacts are particularly important for the mid-level staff in order to exchange professional as well as personal information, e.g. about leadership and teaching experiences.

I think it is very important that not only doctoral students find very good support at the PoGS, but that there are also specific continuing education programs for postdocs and newly appointed students from all disciplines that help them to start their careers in the new phase. The "High Potentials" programme has already been well received. I will be committed to ensure that the level of recognition of the PoGS continues to grow and that scientists in particular make use of the networking opportunities offered by the PoGS in the qualification phase of the postdoc in order to exchange experiences, point out perspectives and set new impulses.



Dr. Dirk Schuster, postdoc representative

University of Potsdam
Institute for Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, focus on Christianity

Contact languages: German, English
Contact: dirk.schuster@uni-potsdam.de

After studying medieval and modern history in Leipzig, I received my doctorate from the Institute of Religious Studies at the Free University of Berlin, for which I received a scholarship from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Since October 2014, I have been working as an academic assistant at the Institute for Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, focusing on religion(s) in dictatorships and atheistic ideas of society.

 

Why do I want to be a PoGS postdoc representative?

The continued didactic training of lecturers has always been a personal interest of mine, especially in the areas of university teaching and science communication. Scientific findings should be communicated in a comprehensible manner, to the non-scientific public as well.
As a PoGS postdoc representative, I would like to work towards a better integration of PoGS offerings and the needs of postdocs in the fields of teaching and university management. I would also like to use the Potsdam Graduate School to initiate a broad-based continuing education program on the subject of e-learning, as e-learning will play an even greater role in the transfer of knowledge in the coming years.
As a participant in the STP program and the ACADEMIA module Fit for Leadership, I have already benefited in many ways from PoGS programs, especially through the exchange with postdocs from various disciplines. I would like to encourage more early-stage researchers to participate in the PoGS programs, as the various PoGS events and programs are a great enrichment in terms of content and personal development.