Graduate Education

Schlüsselqualifikationen für eine erfolgreiche Karriere

Eine wissenschaftliche Ausbildung und akademische Erfahrung führen nicht zwangsläufig zu Fähigkeiten, die eine Karriere im Bereich der Wissenschaft oder der Wirtschaft fördern. Um unseren Doktoranden die Fähigkeit zu geben, Ihr akademisches Wissen in nicht-akademische Kontexte einzubringen, haben wir das PRISMA Graduate Programm entwickelt.

Das Programm bietet unterschiedliche Weiterbildungskurse, die unsere Doktoranden dabei unterstützen ihre Schlüsselqualifikationen auszubilden. Es wurde als Zusatzqualifikation gestaltet, die während der Promotion an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz erworben werden kann. Sie deckt zwei Gebiete ab:

1. Schlüsselqualifikationen in einer Forschungsumgebung

Praktisches Projekt: "Do-it-yourself-Symposium", beinhaltet folgendes

  • Grundlagen des Veranstaltungsmanagements: Vorausschauende Planung und Organisation
  • Grundlagen der Drittmitteleinwerbung: Einführung in die Drittmittellandschaft und passende Werkzeuge
  • Grundlagen des erfolgreichen Teamworks

Im Jahr 2016 wird das PRISMA Research Symposium von Doktoranden organisiert, die ihre Promotion in theoretischer oder experimenteller Teilchenphysik absolvieren. Im ersten Jahr 2017 wird das Symposium als interaktive Veranstaltung organisiert, die etablierte Forscher und Nachwuchswissenschaftler aus verschiedenen Bereiche der Teilchenphysik zusammenbringt, z.B. Flavor Physics, Dunkle Materie oder Stringtheorie. Das 3 Tage dauernde Symposium wird im Frühjahr 2017 stattfinden.

2. Schlüsselqualifikationen für Karrieremanagement

Workshop: "Leadership and Management Skills"
Professional Development for Young Scientists (ProDYS)

Intensive 3 day workshop, Exercise based learning 
18th, 19th and 20th of January 2017 
MAINZ Seminarraum, Staudingerweg 9, 3rd floor, room 122

We believe that leadership skills, essential for today's challenges in scientific work, can be acquired and developed. Our goal is to enable scientists to productively deal with challenges related to interpersonal aspects of doing science.

In this practical course, designed specifically for Grad Students, you will learn how to:

  • Work in teams more productively
  • Establish and maintain collaboration
  • Negotiate better (e.g. authorship)
  • Deal with conflicts more professionally
  • Manage your boss relationship
  • Organise your work better by: setting goals, setting priorities, delegating
  • Design a competence portfolio of transferable skills for future career

What makes it important? 
Why should be leadership relevant to grad students?

Leadership skills are typically connected to hierarchical positions, which is undeniably true. We deem, however, leadership skills to be a prerequisite for success in a multitude of professional situations such as attending/leading meetings, attending/leading projects, working in collaborations and not to forget the area of selfmanagement. Mastering those areas is key to success.

This will be major topics during the Workshop

  • Setting the frame
  • Professional roles
  • Key communication skills
  • Dealing with different personalities
  • Setting good goals
  • Setting priorities
  • Solving conflicts
  • Negotiation skills
  • Designing a competence portfolio

How you will be working during the Workshop - Workshop Framework

Short theoretical inputs are followed by extensive exercises. Our goal is to increase the impact of the training by allowing you to immediately apply the concepts we teach in partner work, case studies or group discussion.

Who should attend?

This workshop addresses grad students of the mentMAINZ programme. The size of the group is strictly limited to 16 people.

Your trainer team

Romilde Manzoni Ph.D. & Hilde Janssens, Ph.D. (hfp consultants, Barcelona)


Workshop: "Application and Assessment"

Intensive 2 day workshop, Exercise based learning 
11th and 12th of May 2017 
MAINZ seminar room, Staudingerweg 9, 3rd floor, room 122

Your benefits from participation

  • Learning how to read job descriptions accurately – classifying the company
  • Developing a targeted application strategy
  • Learning about selection criteria for applicants in business and industry
  • Getting to know various methods and tasks used in selection procedures
  • Testing your own performance in concrete AC tasks and receiving detailed feedback
  • Gaining insights into your strengths and weaknesses and thus being able to utilise your abilities more effectively in a real situation

Workshop Framework

Throughout the workshop, professional input from the trainer will alternate with practical exercises and group work on different relevant issues. Each participant receives a script with in-depth information, checklists and worksheets, all of which can be used after the workshop for further reflection and as an aide to applying the knowledge gained. If the group consist of international and German participants, the working language will be English. However, individual exercises can also be held in German. If the group consists only of German students, the working language will be German.

Workshop Participants

The workshop is most useful for students in the last year of their PhD-program. In order to assure that the workshop is targeted to fit the precise needs of the group, we ask the participants to fill out a questionnaire about their needs and expectations. In this way we are able to take the individual situation of each participant into account. 
MAINZ recommendation: Within the 3rd year /last year of your doctorate!

Trainer Profile

Dipl. Psych. Dipl. Päd. Monika Puls-Rademacher, uni-support

  • More than 20 years of professional experience in a global player company of Life-Science Business, responsible for Global Personnel Development & Recruiting, Global Training
  • Consultant for Human Resources Business, Leadership Development, Potential Diagnostics, Career Coaching on national and international level, in Business and at Universities

Workshop: "Poster Design"
Creating your reputation and enlarging your scientific network

Recommended for your first year of your PHD time with MAINZ

Intensive 1 day workshop 
Exercise based learning 
29th of September 2017
9:30 am until 5:30 pm
MAINZ seminar room, Staudingerweg 9, 3rd floor, room 122

In particular for doctoral students, presentations of research findings on posters offer a good opportunity for introducing their own work at conferences in a focused manner and engaging a scientific dialogue. This entails two challenges: On the one hand the poster should be designed to that it “works” without an in-person explanation and represents the reponsilble individuals in a positive manner. On the other, the objective of the actual poster session is to clearly illustrate one’s own expertise without seeming arrogant or unsure of oneself. Many long-standing research co-operation groups started in front of poster boards.