Career Development Initiative

GRADE Center Brain was recently funded with an annual stipend for 4 years to support the career development of PhDs & Postdocs within the Frankfurt University neuroscience community. Similar funding was given to other GRADE Centers.  This website represents a proposal of a program concept on how to utilize these funds.  

GRADE Brain Goals
To establish a series of events, workshops, training, programs, and other activities, which are self-organized by PhD Students and PostDocs for the benefit of their peers. 

Get everyone counted
Targeted e-mailings of relevant information
Know who is a part of the community in order to provide better benefits and services

Increase Scientific Exchange
Better connections between Institutes at the student / PostDoc level

Teach and Empower
Teach scientists the skills they need before their next career move
Expand the career options available to scientists

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The mailing list for young researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neuroscience Frankfurt (izn-doc) will be used for communication in the GRADE Brain community. Join the izn-doc list to get information about important key updates related to the organization of GRADE Brain and future planned activities specifically targeting the neuroscience community. We promise not to spam you!

Career Development Aims

The aim of this initiative is to establish a robust program that offers these 4 key opportunities for PhDs and PostDocs, independent of their institution or research department. 

Career Training

Provide opportunities to support both the academic and industry/alternative career interests of the early careers scientists within our community.

For academic support, PhD students want extended foundational course in statics, program, and data analysis used in scientific fields fo study. PostDocs are advocating for management training courses in order to make the next move to a group leader position.  

For those interested in leaving academia, there is a need to provide informational workshops on opportunities in non-academic career fields. Additionally, it's been requested to provide CV, mock interviews, and skills based training for industry jobs. These and more activities are already being provided by the Frankfurt based team of the Science Innovation Union, an international network which supports early career scientists who wish to transition out of academia. 

Talks & Teaching

Provide ways for PhD students to improve public speaking skills and give PostDocs the ability to earn teaching credits. To address these needs, it has been proposed to organize and better promote research talks, such as the Young Investigators Colloquium (YIC, which is already taking place), for both PhD students and PostDocs. For PostDocs to earn teaching credits, it has been suggested to organize a volunteer teaching program via GRADE Brain. 

Science Outreach

Provide ways for early career scientists  to engage in public speaking and science communication by presenting their research to the general public. GRADE Brain is already involved in educational outreach activities via the Deutsche Neurowissenschaften-Olympiade e.V. , a neuroscience educational platform for high school students. 

Provide ways to promote scientific and social exchange within the community. This includes not only networking parties, and social events, but also...
  • Career Talks from alternative fields
  • Lunches with academic and industry leaders
  • PostDoc Luncheons based on research topics