Postdoc-Workshop: Leadership Skills for Postdocs


Time: Mon–Thu, 7–10 November 2022, each day 9.00–11.30 a.m.
Location: Online workshop via Zoom
Target group: Postdocs of all research areas of the UA Ruhr Universities; max. 12 participants
Trainer: Dr. Philipp Gramlich
Registration deadline: 24 October 2022
Contact for organizational questions: Bettina von Döllen (Graduiertenzentrum TU Dortmund)


Leadership has undergone changes – in parallel with changes to our work environments. Flatter hierarchies, project work in a matrix structure and more rapid changes of assignments, locations and colleagues are but some of the new challenges we all face. Interpersonal skills become ever more important when leading a team or a project: for motivation, conflict resolution or work delegation.


Hire for quality!

  • How to get the best team and not just clones of yourself
  • Overcoming biases in staff selection and other work processes

Conflict management

  • Prevent conflicts by your lab set-up: communication and practicalities
  • Deescalate and resolve conflicts by mediation and through fair negotiations
  • Escalate professionally if necessary

Leadership styles

  • Can we find a leadership style that fits all types and is this even desirable?
  • Who to delegate to in your diverse team and how?
  • Staff development

Feedback and other one-on-ones

  • Giving and receiving critical feedback
  • Feedback in the international context: how (in-) direct can I be?

The workshop will take place using zoom for live interactions and the trainer´s learning platform for self-paced learning between the webinars.

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Dr. Philipp Gramlich studied chemistry at both Munich universities as well as at the University of Sydney. During his PhD, he joined a project team, whose work led to the foundation of baseclick GmbH by BASF Venture Capital. After some exciting experiences during the pre-founding and founding phases of this company, he went to Edinburgh for a postdoc. 2010 Philipp Gramlich left academic research to join Eurofins Genomics for five years. In this time, he worked as team leader. In parallel, 2012 he co-founded NaturalScience.Careers, where he is focussing on leadership training, career starters, coaching and business development.

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