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Consulting Service for Superiors

I want to pass on my enthusiasm for science to as many young people as possible.

(Peter A. Grünberg, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2007)

Postdocs and those about to complete their doctoral degrees find themselves at a particularly crucial juncture in which important decisions are taken regarding their future careers. Senior staff are their first port of call when it comes to personal development. To truly live up to this responsibility, they must devote a great deal of time and attention and also demonstrate skills that are not traditionally associated with the core scientific work of heads of scientific organizational units.
With this in mind, what does it mean exactly to be a good career advisor to early-career scientists?

Opportunities to initiate career planning talks include:

  • The start of a working relationship. This is a chance to discuss the short-, medium-, and long-term prospects of your team members and compare them with your own expectations.
  • Progress talks. Are the employee’s original objectives still in tune with current developments?
  • The completion of an employment contract. Senior staff often view talks on the pending termination of an employee’s contract as a challenging and delicate matter.

Get in touch with us.

Support tools for career-focused talks:

We are happy to support you in creating the right setting for such talks and can answer any questions regarding the resolution of challenging situations, how to prepare for them, and choosing the right moment in time.

Follow this link to find out more about the personal development plan for postdocs and the annual personnel talks at Forschungszentrum Jülich. More: Support tools for career-focused talks: …

Training Courses

The following training courses and information can support you in improving your personal development expertise in a leadership role:

Conduct annual personnel talks confidently and effectively (German)
Intercultural sensitization - working in an intercultural context (German)
Successfully motivating employees (German)
Leadership without disciplinary authority - lateral leadership
Leadership without disciplinary authority - lateral leadership (German)
Fit for Leadership
Conflict management for superiors (German)
Collegial consulting for superiors (German)


If you are unable to find a suitable course for your requirements in the training programme, please contact us.

Additional Information



Andrea Bosten
Career Center & Postdoc Office
Phone: +492461 61-85407

Viola Middendorf
Career Center & Postdoc Office
Phone: +492461 61-85404

Individual Appointment

You are welcome to make an individual appointment with our career counselors:

Please contact us via phone or email