“Personal Career Coaching Program” for female MD, PhD students and PostDocs

02/03/2021 | News

The SFB1399 central coordination office offers a Personal Career Coaching Program for female MD, PhD students and PostDocs.

Depending on the pandemic development, the events will be held online or on site.

Are you still unsure about your career development? Do you want to understand how networking can support your career path and how you become a successful networker? Do you want to understand what challenges women might encounter when working in men’s domains and how to overcome them? Do you want to get first hands information from leading female scientists from academia or industry?

The aim of the coaching program is to support you in defining your personal career path in academia or the wider job market. You will identify possible obstacles and challenges affecting your career and find strategies to overcome them!

Coaching Program

  • 1. Workshop (April 29th from 5pm - 7pm / 8.30pm*):
    The coaching program will start with a common group coaching in which you learn about the coaching concept and define and specify your personal goals
  • Individual Coaching Sessions (between May and October 2021):
    Three individual 1 hour coaching sessions with coach Anja Kiefer-Orendi
  • 2. Workshop (September 1st, time tba):
    A second common workshop about “Networking as career promoters and women in men's domains” will take place
  • 3. Workshop (December 1st 2021 from 5pm - 7pm / 8.30pm*)
    The coaching will be completed with a last group coaching to enhance the sustainability
  • “Women & Science” (Date tba): Part of the coaching program is the participation in our lecture series where we will invite leading female scientists from academia and industry.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a targeted development measure in the format of an interactive, personcentered advising and support process with an external coach. The focus is on the professional role or the related current concerns of a person. The coach does not present suggested solutions and instead offers a space for targeted (self-)reflection and provides support using different methods for the development of one’s own work and solution approaches and options for action. Coaching opens a “thinking space” for the client. The coach asks questions which support the client to identify her needs and to find her own solutions. The results are conscious, self-dependent career decisions, which ensure the sustainable satisfaction of the client.


  • Female MD or PhD students and PostDocs associated with the SFB1399
  • Send us your CV and a letter of motivation (max. 1 page, e.g. reason for participation, goals, career level, affiliation) in English latest by March, 15th 2021 to info[at]sfb1399.de
  • The number of participants in the coaching program is limited. A committee decides on the final suitability of the applicant based on various criteria.

We look forward to your application!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.