Scientific training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Scientific training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH
Scientific training program for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers INCREASING THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESEARCH


We are currently moving our courses to the new Campus Management System | CaMS 
There you can find our upcoming events and can register for them! 

The new platform provides you with all course information sorted by date and category. You will be informed via the CaMS platform if you have registered successfully or if you are on the waiting list.

We will officially launch the new course booking system CaMS soon.

Doctoral Supervisor Training

Doctoral Supervisor Training – Become the next SUPERvisor!

Doctoral Supervisor Training – Become the next SUPERvisor!

The Doctoral Supervisor Training offers support for the supervision of doctoral candidates on an academic and personal level. In cooperation with qualified trainers, various aspects of supervision, such as my role as a supervisor, leadership through communication, mental health, etc., are examined with best-practice examples in individual sessions. The training will provide you with a holistic overview of how you can best support your doctoral researchers from recruiting to career development. 

Through the cooperation with scientists from different fields and institutions, the offer also provides a platform for professional exchange. 

The jointly developed training is aimed specifically at professors, junior research group leaders (ECIs) and postdocs at TUM, the two Max Planck Institutes for Biochemistry and Biological Intelligence i.f. and Helmholtz Munich.

The structured program consists of eight modules taking place between October and December 2022. The kick-off as well as the conclusion of the training are designed in a face-to-face format, while the other six content modules take place online via zoom. The modules are linked by an exchange of experiences and practical applications.


If you are interested in participating in our doctoral supervisor training, please fill the registration form until September 15, 2022. Please include a short motivation statement to explain why you would like to join the training.
You will be notified if you have been selected to participate one week after via email. 

If you have any questions please contact Neele Meyer at Helmholtz Munich or use the 

Program Outline 



Content / Learning Outcomes

Oct. 26, 2022, 1 pm - 6 pm, in person

Monika Beer, Janina Häusler
Camila Hernández, Neele Meyer

Getting Started: Understanding my role as a supervisor

Getting to know each other and clarification of expectations
Supervision timeline & formal aspects
Understanding my role as a supervisor
Team building & Get together

Oct. 27, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online

Maria Prahl

Leading through communication

Understanding which dynamics do occur in your supervisor relationships and how you manage them
The power of conflict and constructive ways to work with them
How understanding your own needs help you to support your doctoral researchers

Nov. 10, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online

Maria Prahl

Communication over time - How do relationships change?

Nov. 17, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online

Judith Bergner

Mental Health

Being a role model for staying mentally strong in a challenging work-environment
Healthy self-motivation strategies
Self-calming strategies in stressful times
Knowing warning indicators for mental exhaustion
Establish routines to keep strain and regeneration in balance
Supporting doctoral researchers in dealing with different stressors
Create a safe work environment in which people can flourish

Nov. 24, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online


Judith Bergner


Recruitment, onboarding and mentoring

Selection of doctoral candidates
Reflection on the ideal doctoral researcher
Transferring theory into practice
Creating a supervisory plan
Reflecting unconscious biases

Dec. 1, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online

Judith Bergner
Amudha Brugger
Rolf Holle

Creating a positive and motivating work environment and promoting responsible research

Trustful and motivating environment as a basis for responsible research
Consequences of scientific misconduct
Being a role model for Good Scientific Practice
Collegial intervention (Kollegiale Beratung) & Case Studies


Dec. 8, 2022, 9 am - 1 pm, online

Nicola Bauer, Meike Rottermann

Effective career support for doctoral researchers

Insights into the needs of doctoral researchers regarding career guidance and how they evaluate the status quo
Openness for the diversity of career options after a doctorate
Knowledge of various career support options
Understanding the benefits for your own lab
Awareness for supportive measures which can easily be provided within the own lab


Dec. 15, 2022, 2 pm - 6 pm, in person

Monika Beer, Janina Häusler
Camila Hernández, Neele Meyer

Guests: Supervisory Award Winner
Alumni of the Supervisor Training Program

Looking back & future vision as a supervisor

Insights from experts & Networking


Reflection: My role as a supervisor after the training
Definition of milestones & implementation strategy to put theory intro practise
Impulse lecture with a supervisory role model and panel discussion with previous participants of the Doctoral Supervisor Training
Exchange of experience & feedback



Maria Prahl studied Human Resource Development, Eastern European History and Intercultural Communication. She works since 2004 as trainer and facilitator in universities, foundations and companies. Website | LinkedIn

Judith Bergner is a licensed psychologist and holds an Executive Master´s degree in business engineering. She founded skillfactors in 2000. Her focus is currently on mental health of employees and the correlation with working conditions and superior interactions. Website | LinkedIn

Dr. Nicola Bauer is a career coach and trainer for postdocs and doctoral researchers at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center and works self-employed as a coach for people in change processes        . She holds a PhD in stemcell biology and a Master’s degree in Psychology. Several years in management consultancy gave her great insights into the pharmaceutical and biotec industry. Website | LinkedIn

Meike Rottermann is a certified careers consultant, coach and trainer. She works at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center and self-employed as a careers consultant and business coach. More than 13 years of experience in the academic field gave the Cultural Anthropologist a broad insight into the scientific system (and the challenges of Early Stage Researchers to pursue good work). Website | LinkedIn

Dr. Amudha Brugger is Head of the HELENA Graduate School Office at Helmholtz Munich. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience, is a certified research integrity trainer, and facilitates workshops on Good Scientific Practice for doctoral researchers. She has several years of experience in science management and doctoral training. Website | LinkedIn

Prof. Dr. Rolf Holle is Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice at Helmholtz Munich. After his formal retirement, he is still involved in teaching and research in the field of public health and health economics at LMU Munich. Website


Dr. Monika Beer isHead of Scientific Talent and Career Development, Strategy, Programs, Resources and Director of the Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health (HELENA) at Helmholtz Munich.

Dr. Camila Hernández Frederick is PhD and Postdoc Coordinator – Career Development at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich.

Dr. Janina Häusler is Project Manager Qualification Program at the TUM Graduate School.

Dr. Neele Meyer is Postdoc Coordinator as part of the Scientific Training and Career Development Team at Helmholtz Munich.



Career Center One-on-One Coachings

Career Center One-on-One Coachings

Are you wondering if you should stay in academia or look for alternative careers?

Do you want to find your dream job but are not sure in which direction to go?

With the help of one of our coaches, you will discover your skills and interests, define your values, and translate all that into suitable job fields and career paths.

Our One-on-One Coaching sessions also include – but are not limited to – other topics, such as:

  • exploring your chances and opportunities in academia and beyond
  • optimizing your application documents
  • conducting mock interview sessions in preparation for upcoming job interviews

If you are interested in unlocking your potential, contact us today and schedule a one-on-one coaching session!

Learn more about One-on-One coaching services at the Helmholtz Munich Career Center here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Career Center Online Walk-In

Career Center Online Walk-In

Do you want to have a first opinion on your CV?

Do you have a quick question on your career development?

Or do you simply want to learn how the Career Center can help you with your next career steps?

On Mondays and Thursdays, from 11:30 am - 01:00 pm, without prior appointment, the Career Center offers 20-30 minute online sessions for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers.

Some common questions covered during these walk-in sessions include:

  • CV-check 
  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Professional status check
  • Career Q&A: Career-related questions

Learn more about our Online Walk-In here.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Personal coaching for PhD defense

Personal coaching for PhD defense

Individual web-based coaching programme specifically for PhD students using digital formats for their upcoming oral defense of the dissertation.

Overview: A web-based support package for individuals with upcoming PhD defences, conference presentations or project reports which will be conducted online.

Coach: Dr. Paul Charlton

Format (all web-based):  • 10 minute intro call to test Skype (etc.) and clarify objectives.  • 45 minute planned call for first run-through.  • 45 minute follow-up call final rehearsal.  • 10 minute de-brief call after the presentation is conducted.

Coaching is conducted in English language but presentations can be rehearsed in German language if required.

Registration: Please contact HELENA GSO if you are interested in the coaching.

For further information click here.

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Further training opportunities including the mandatory statistic courses (organized by the Core Facility Statistical Consulting) for doctoral researchers are offered by the Center's Human Resources Development.

About us

This focus program is provided by HELENA, the Postdoctoral Program and the Career Center for Postdocs and Doctoral Students within the department Strategy, Programs, Resources (SPR) - Scientific Talent and Career Development.

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