Helmholtz Career Development Centre for Researchers
PROCEED Postdoc Office
Sustainable Career Strategies for Postdocs
The AWI seeks to attract and promote the best people, and to offer our staff a unique scientific environment and comprehensive support in all stages of their development. Consistent with our mission, we take all measures necessary to promote and qualify the next generation of outstanding scientists. Our goal is to provide postdocs with the skills and support to become strong ambassadors for polar and marine science research for the AWI and the entire Helmholtz association.
We provide our postdocs with the best opportunities to carry out world-leading and cutting-edge science and to advance their careers in the direction of their choice – within as well as outside of academia.
With the launch of the Postdoc office for Professional Career Development (PROCEED) in 2018 the AWI seeks to support postdocs with the tools for a strong career path within academia, but also promote optimal career paths and ease of transition for those researchers aiming at a career outside the academic track (e.g. in the public and private sector, by self-employment, or founding one’s own company). PROCEEDS key functions are enhanced career planning, the promotion of a pro-active and self-enabled career development, and the encouragement to take steps towards early independence. Accordingly, PROCEED provides access to an individualized array of support measures to facilitate an informed career progression. We are also taking measures to better understand when career decisions are being made and which obstacles impede decisions making.
PROCEED develops customized tools to empower postdocs to take charge of their careers, take well-informed decisions regarding their future career paths and hence shape their biographies. Consequently, we are also closely cooperating with PI’s and department heads to recommend suitable instruments and measures. PROCEED aims to improve the communication culture between postdocs and PI’s and function as a neutral third partner by providing ongoing mentoring services during early career development and ongoing career decisions.
In career mentoring and coaching we promote a holistic approach that considers professional skills and competencies, but equally takes into account social and personal factors.
We are located in the 'Container Building' (Building C) on the AWI Campus Bremerhaven
Im Handelshafen 12
Gebäude Co, Raum 4 und 5
Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm
Our office is open again!
Due to the current situation, we still recommend to schedule an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.
General Career Support
AWI Postdoc Registration
Selection of our PROCEED postcards
One-Stop-Shop and Information Hub for all matters Postdoc
We are actively seeking the dialog with the AWI postdocs through a variety of tailored services, annual meetings and a comprehensive registration system and data base. We also welcome any voluntary engagement in our career counseling services, programs and events.
PROCEED provides a modular system of courses, mentoring & coaching, and networking opportunities for postdocs and PI’s. There are only four mandatory requirements for postdocs: registration with PROCEED, annual one-on-one meetings, annual Career Planning Review (CPR) and checkout from PROCEED with the opportunity to become part of our alumni network. All additional involvement, participation in career support instruments and general services provided by PROCEED are on a voluntary basis.
With these solid foundations we are aiming at strengthening the postdoc’s awareness of their personal situation, career potentials, skills and development needs, and at clarifying their career goals:
Tailored Career Services for Postdocs
In a rapidly changing world it is of utmost importance to know your abilities and gain clarity about your goals.
Friday 27. March 2020 (9am - 1pm)
Recurring Workshop: YES
Learn the skills how to master the interview process to be competitive in the current job market.
DATE: to be announced
Recurring Workshop: YES
INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES FOR PIs
AWI INSPIRES WORKSHOP
KICK-OFF Workshop for AWI INSPIRES Interviews for PIs
Monday, 2. March 2020, (9am - 12.30pm)
Friday, 6. March 2020 (9.30am - 1pm)
POLMAR COURSES OPEN TO POSTDOCS
The Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research - POLMAR - offers a structured career training program at the AWI with an exciting mix of up-to-date disciplinary and interdisciplinary and transferable skills courses, workshops and seminars.
A SELECTION OF SUITABLE COURSES IS ALSO OPEN TO AWI POSTDOCS!
Access the full 2020 Course Schedule directly on the POLMAR Website
Important Information for Travel Grants
Travel Grants are aiming at enhancing the postdocs network outside the core interests of their science department.
Postdocs can apply for travel grants up to 500 Euros per year to support career establishment. Funds are available beyond the regular access to expedition and conference funds through the respective section or research department of the postdoc. Travel grants cannot be used for field work.
Eligibility for travel grants:
- completed registration with PROCEED (see application form)
- annual one-on-one meetings with PI have been held
- career Planning Review with PROCEED has been held
During the implementation phase of the new postdoc regulations it is sufficient during the first six months till August to have meetings for 2. and 3. scheduled. Submitting the Postdoc Registration Form is absolutely necessary.
News & Events
Newton International Fellowships
Newton International Fellowships
Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The Newton International Fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.
The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The Newton International Fellowships Scheme is delivered by the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Society. Click here to apply
Next Meeting: 31.03.2020, 12:30h
Every last Thursday of the month, at 12.30pm in the Nordseemuseum.
Bring your lunch box to the Nordseemuseum and enjoy a relaxing 'Mittagspause' with your peers. The postdoc team regularly organizes talks and discussions on interesting topics around all aspects of postdoc life... and beyond. Suggestions and ideas are also welcome and can be shared with your postdoc team or the PROCEED Postdoc Office.
KLARTEXT Award for Science Communication
'So, what did you do for your PhD'?
Any young scientist can apply for this prestigious award as long as they received their PhD within the past two years. The challenge ist to promote your work to a broad, non-scientific audience.
Apply now! Application Only Accepted in German!
- The best submissions will be awarded 5,000 Euros and a spread in the prestigious German newspaper publication 'ZEIT'.
- Every applicant has to opportunity to participate in a two-ay workshop on science communication in Heidelberg.
- Application Deadline is 28. Februar 2020, to the Terms & Conditions
UniWiND Postdoc Offices Network Meeting
at the Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven
21.-22. November 2019
Yearly meeting of the the German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND) to discuss pressing issues and share ideas on the advancement of (post-) doctoral education and training.
BUSINESS START-UP WEEK IN BREMEN & BREMERHAVEN
11. - 29. November 2019
1001 good reasons to start your own business
For all explorers, pioneers, visionaries and the curious the Start-up Week in Bremen & Bremerhaven offers a range of exciting events to learn everything there is to know about becoming your own boss and offers a glimpse into the exciting world of successful, local start-ups.
WHAT EVERY POSTDOC NEEDS TO KNOW
Liz Elvidge, Carol Spencely, Emma Williams
World Scientific Verlag
Your Postdoc is part of the journey towards a range of career destinations, and this book is designed to help you get there.
KARRIERE NACH DER WISSENSCHAFT - Alternative Berufswege für Promovierte
(Book only available in German)
Mirjam Müller, Campus Verlag
Der wissenschaftliche Arbeitsmarkt bietet nur fuer einen kleinen teil hochqualifizierter Nachwuchsforscher eine dauerhafte Beschäftigungsperspektive. Mirjam Müller entwirft eine praktische Anleitung für die Planung alternativer Berufswege.