Postdoc-Workshop: How to advance your career in research and get funded


Time: Tue–Wed, 7–8 March 2023, each day 9:00– 15:00 plus 3.0 hours pre-workshop activities
Location: Online via Zoom
Target group: Postdocs of all research fields of the UA Ruhr universities (max. 12 participants)
Trainer: Dr. Thomas Koch
Registration deadline: 28 February 2023
Contact for organizational questions: Dr. Ursula Justus (RUB Research School)


Taking an international perspective, the workshop helps to assess the current position, to review career aspirations as well as longer-term research goals and to develop a road map for achieving them in the individual setting. It also provides essential guidance on exploiting research funding opportunities effectively at the early to advanced postdoctoral stage. Participants learn how to develop a competitive research strategy, identify a portfolio of funding opportunities to pursue in the coming years and manage the grant life cycle to build their resources and capabilities for further career advancement.

By participating in the workshop, you will be better equipped to:

  • navigate the German research and innovation system,
  • respond to the evolving roles and responsibilities as your research career progresses,
  • apply strategic approaches to advance both your career and your research,
  • design fundable research projects for different settings,
  • identify and exploit funding opportunities effectively, and move from smaller to larger grants.

This highly interactive workshop employs theoretical input and practice scenarios, plenary discussions, individual and small group work, experience sharing, elements of systemic coaching, and expert advice.

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Dr. Thomas Koch is a research management consultant and certified business trainer and coach. Holding a PhD in physical chemistry from the UK, he builds on 10 years of international experience as a researcher and 12 years of professional experience as a research manager and senior administrator at universities in Bochum (RUB) and Munich (LMU).

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