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Career Conversations Seminar: The Academic Career


2 December 2019


Langue EN Workshop language is English

Stefanie Ginster


Going for a professorship? Are you aiming too high?

To become a professor, you'll need a long line of publications with high impact factors and a vast network of world-class scientists. Without them, you're already out of the game. Part of the 97% who won't make it.

At least, that's what most of us hear.

In this seminar, we'll take a look at the realities and myths of academic hiring.

We will look at hiring in academia both from the applicant's point of view as well as the views of the hiring committee. Along the way, we'll also debunk some myths that still exist around hiring in academia.

Two speakers will give us advice from their experience.

Sara Mitri
recently became a PI in microbiology and can show us how she got her position. How did she improve her application over time until she got the job? Which mistakes did she make in early applications and what did she learn from them? Which questions was she asked in job interviews? Sara will give answers to these questions and more.
Jan-Willem Veening
is a recent president of the hiring committee at the Centre for Integrative Genomics (CIG). He also works in the field of microbiology and can give us insights behind the scenes of hiring. What does a hiring committee pay attention to? What can be a pleasant surprise in applicants? What are the deal breakers? How do they scan CVs for promising candidates? How do they come to a decision? Jan Willem will help clarify the expectations of hiring committees.




Date: Monday 2nd December 2019

Time: 17:15 to 19:00

Drinks and finger-food will be provided.

Places are strictly limited! As usual for Career Conversations seminars, we will only be a small group: if you would like to attend, register immediately.

This seminar will follow the "Academic Careers: Demands, Expectations and Preparation" workshop, for which a couple of places are still available! See: www.graduatecampus.ch/activity/


Given the nature of differences across the scientific disciplines, participants should be aware that the opinions and experience discussed will be most valid for PhDs and postdocs at FBM. If you come from another scientific discipline, you are more than welcome: we strongly encourage you however to verify what your hear with more senior staff in your own faculty.

Follow the Career Conversations podcast series: career-conversations.org




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