Scope of the course
The course is directed at (relatively) senior postdocs who will pursue group leader positions in the near future. It is meant to provide postdoctoral researchers who are looking for academic jobs with practical training and prepare them for the challenging and sometimes opaque academic job market. The entire application process will be simulated, from preparing competitive application documents to actual interview situations. You will receive feedback from a panel of group leaders on each step. If you secure a slot, make sure that your application documents are proofread & you’ve received feedback from your peers and your group leader. Practice your job talk & chalk talk – this is meant to polish your skills and put you in a competitive position rather than teaching the basics.
Preparation for the course – what happens after signing up?
(A) First, we would like to know
Please send us a short "self-evaluation" by email (firstname.lastname@example.org); this will be treated confidentially and will not be distributed to other participants. This information will help us to give you feedback tailored to your particular situation.
(B) Next, you should prepare a complete set of application documents including:
Preparation for the course – How to optimize your application documents
What happens to your documents?
Your self–evaluation and application documents will be read and discussed by the group leader panel and you will receive suggestion for improving your documents. After the course, this material will serve as a useful starting point for preparing documents for actual applications. This material will of course be treated confidentially and not distributed.
The interview day
You will be asked to give a 25 min presentation (+ 10 minutes discussion / feedback) detailing your current research and scientific background. You may choose to end with a teaser of your planned research. You will receive feedback immediately that you can take into account for the second session.
The second session will be a chalk talk session (30 min + 10 min discussion/ feedback). You will be asked to elaborate on your scientific plans for the future and your overarching scientific vision. This session will also potentially include typical “hot chair” elements, so expect questions about required equipment, funding, personnel, etc. Questions will start 5 min into your chalk talk. Again, you will receive feedback immediately after the talk.
Writing a research plan:
CBG / CSBD Postdoc Office (C2PO)