Promotion of Professional Orientation

for doctoral candidates and researchers in the early post-doctoral phase

The GYR funds event series focusing on professional orientations for doctoral candidates and researchers in the early post-doctoral phase. The aim of the funding is to provide information on professions outside of academia and thus support a goal-oriented career planning.

Lecture Series 2019-2021

Science managers lead, control and organise universities and research institutions. As 'Management for Science', this is an interesting career option for young scientists from all disciplines. Check whether this career option could be an option for you.

Information and workshops can be found here.

The Neuroscience Graduates' Colloquium (NGC) on campus and the student representatives of the International PhD Programme (IPP) have joined their efforts to provide a series of Career Development Events for Life Scientists, a bottom-up initiative for early career researchers.

The aim of this “Career Talks Series” is to provide an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs in the life sciences to meet former researchers who followed a career path in non-academic sectors, thereby offering the chance to get first-hand information on how to successfully transition outside of academia. The content of the talks will relay information about different career opportunities, skills required, daily work-life, and long-term career development. In addition to the talks, the events will comprise small  courses/workshops aimed at learning how to plan or prepare yourself and your job application for different career paths.

Upcoming event:

Career course "How to make your next job application a success"
12th and 19th of March 2021 9:00am-13:00pm on Zoom
Trainer: Prateek Mahalwar

Career course "Ideas for Business: your Path toward Entrepreneurship"
26th of March 2021 9:00am-13:00pm on Zoom
Trainer: Parteek Mahalwar

For registration click here

Previous events:

Changing Patients' Lives - A Possible Career in a Pharma Company"
Monday, 20 July 2020, 5 p.m., online-event
Dr. Tina Zimmermann, Boehringer Ingelheim
Registration required:

Small Talk and Networking for Scientists
Thursday, 13 August 2020, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., online-course
Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., online-course
Dr. Michael Gordian

From academia to sales positions: why not?
Dr. Andrea Fettermann, Scientific Field Service South-West, New England Biolabs GmbH
Tuesday, 18 Februar 2020,  5 p.m.

From Basic Science to Start-up, Dr. Prateek Mahalwar
Monday, 17 February 2020
Registration until 20 January 2020:

"Why is becoming a Biotech Venture Capitalist the most attractive Carreer Option for Scientists?"
21 January 2020, 5 p.m.

From the lab to the newsroom: how to start a career in science communication
7 January 2020, 5 p.m.

From the lab to consulting: How I built my own career
29 August 2019, 5 p.m.

Career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry
12 June 2019

How to build, develop and use a professional Network
23 July 2019

Lecture Series 2016-2018

Ansprechpartner: Dr. Michael Fuchs (Graduiertenschule MAINZ), Dr. Kristina Pfarr (Universitätsförderung und Alumni)
Ansprechpartnerin: Christine Göhring (Stabsstelle Forschung und Technologietransfer)
Ansprechpartnerin: Martina Kopf (FB 05/Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft)
Ansprechpartner: Daniel Weber, Jasmin Fitzpatrick (FB 02/Institut für Politikwissenschaft)

Call for proposals 2019/2020

Eligible are faculties, institutes and subjects, central institutions, as well as doctoral candidates and/or postdoctoral researchers who would like to implement a concept in small groups.

The concept should include inviting at least five speakers who will speak about entry and working conditions, as well as career opportunities in fields other than the sciences. If possible, at least one English-language event should be offered. The events should cover a wide professional spectrum.

The concept should be planned in such a manner that it can be transferred to other carriers/institutions once the grant period is over (sustainability). In order to receive information about the demand and effectiveness of the individual events, all of the events are to be evaluated in consultation with the GYR office.

Applying for the events or event series sponsored by the GYR is the organizer´s responsibility and should target the specified subjects (doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers). Additionally, JGU´s Career Service will advertise the events throughout the entire JGU and is also involved in the selection process.

The grant finances up to six event concepts. Each financed concept may use up to 3,000 euro per semester for travel costs, speaker reimbursement, and advertisement of the events or event series.
As a guideline, the GYR recommends a total expense of 450 euro for speaker reimbursement (professional fee and travel expenses).

The funding period for the events or event series starts in the summer semester 2019. The maximum funding period is four semesters. The events do not necessarily have to take place during term time.

Please submit your application with a short concept text (2-3 pages) before January 28th, 2019. Please e-mail the application documents to the GYR office (

The following information should be included in the concept text:

  1. Target group / subjects
  2. Concept of content and event format
  3. Justification of the use of funds/ financial plan
  4. Structural ties and sustainability