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Academy for Postdoctoral Career Development

The interdisciplinary initiative Academy for Postdoctoral Career Development supports the career development of postdocs and junior professors at the University of Potsdam, external research institutions in the pearls Potsdam Research Network, and Brandenburg universities. Complement your existing skills and gain additional qualifications to prepare for jobs both inside and outside of academia.

This new initiative is conducted by the Potsdam Graduate School. Core objectives focus on clearly defining your potential and exploring a variety of career paths. Individual support is the foundation of the Academy for Postdoctoral Career Development.

The central component of the initiative is an innovative range of course offerings, enhancing your career development in four main areas: "Academia", "Science meets Market", "Science Management" and "Science Communication & Policy Consulting".

Furthermore the basic module "Management Skills for Research and University" and the four accompanying elements "Potential Check", "Coaching", "Mentoring Plus" and the "Network of Talents".

Certificate Programs

Management Skills for Research and University
In the basic module "Management Skills for Research and University" you will learn how to efficiently manage projects and acquire third-party funds.

Academia – Fit for Teaching and Leadership
Profile in the traditional university career and educate yourself in the fields of university didactics and chair management in the program "Academia - Fit for teaching and leadership".

Science Management
The field of science management requires extensive competences and comprehensive knowledge for the organization and control of scientific institutions. This provides the program "Science Management".

Science Communication and Policy Advice
 Science does not just happen in the ivory tower. But how do you communicate it properly? The program "Science Communication and Policy Advice" gives you the necessary tools.

Potential Check

Analyze your potential in the initial phase of professional orientation as an introduction to the Complementary Profile Development program. Reflect on your personal skills and resources and explore your potential for development.
More about the "Potential Check"

Mentoring Plus

The optional Mentoring Plus program highlights the great employment and performance potential of highly qualified women. Personalized, individual career development prepares you for specialist and executive positions suitable to your doctoral qualifications..
More about the program "Mentoring Plus"


A comprehensive look at Coaching is particularly useful in life-changing career decisions and professional reorientation.
More information about the Coaching

Network of Talents

In the Network of Talents you are part of a network of highly qualified academics and can keep in touch with the Potsdam Graduate School and the University of Potsdam after your next career move. The initiative is accompanied of various regular events formats such as the „Science Club“, the „Potsdam Career Talks“ and the "Science Career Day".

 Science Club

Career Talks
More about the Network of Talents

Portrait of Dr. Bettina Buchholz

Contact person: Dr. Bettina Buchholz

Potsdam Graduate School


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