Career insights online

Career insights online

The new seminar format "Career Insights Online" aims at introducing different career paths of marine scientists in the widest sense and offers the possibility to get in touch with former members of the Marine Graduate Schools in Oldenburg, Bremen and Bremerhaven. It focusses on career paths outside of academia and will give insights into job fields in, for example, industry, administration, consulting, non-governmental organisations and journalism. Speakers are asked to talk about their current position, the interdisciplinary skills they achieved during their doctoral phase, the career steps they took, as well as about work-family-life-balance. After a short presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker.

Click on the names of the speakers to find out where you can register for Career insights.


Background / Institution / Postition

Date / Place


Dr. Anne-Christin Schulz


Dr. David Probandt

Career Insights Online - Federal WSV & ProBioGen AG

After her PhD, Anne started her career as scientific employee at Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute and afterwards Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. Now she is head of hydrology at Waterways and Shipping Office Weser-Jade-Nordsee at Wilhelmshaven and is responsible for the hydrographic concerns of the Jade.

ProBioGen is a service provider and technology developer for biopharmaceuticals, where David worked first in Business Development and now as Project Leader. He leads multidisciplinary teams with experts from upstream and downstream process development, manufacturing, quality control and quality assurance. Besides, he will elaborate on how extracurricular activities (internship, club activities, PR) supported his career.

March 10th, 2023 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Matthias Winkel

Career Insights Online - This time: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
In January 2021, Matthias started his current career challenge as scientific assistant at the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR = Federal Institute for Risk Assessment). 
After several years of research focussing on Earth Science in the Sections of Geomicrobiology and Interface Geochemistry at the Helmholtz-Centre GFZ Potsdam, at the BfR he now is responsible for food safety with a special focus on the allergenic potential of food ingredients. 

December 2nd, 2022 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting


Dr. Paula Senff & Dr. Stephanie Helber


Dr. Julia Schnetzer

Career Insights Online – Science Communication: Creative Writing & Illustrating

Stephanie and Paula met while working on their PhD thesis at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), for which they both did research in Zanzibar. Together they have now published "The Heroes of the Underwater Forest", a children's book that aims to inform and inspire about seagrass meadows and to preserve this ecosystem.

After her PhD in 2015, Julia started her career as scientific coordinator of the international exhibition on “Ocean Plastics Lab”. As science communicator of “Plötzlich Wissen!” and author of “Wenn Haie leuchten” she introduces the marine environment to the public.

June 24th, 2022 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting


Dr. Mithra Hajati 




Dr. Valeria Bers


Career Insights Online – Climate change advice and information & environmental education

Since 2020, Mithra is working for the "Lower Saxony Competence Center for Climate Change (Nds. Kompetenzzentrum Klimawandel, NIKO)" as an expert on ground water. The Competence Center is the central point in Lower Saxony when it comes to climate change and its effects. They advise and inform on climate change, its consequences and adaptation to climate change.

Since 2019, Valeria is head of the Watt Welten Visitor Center Norderney (Wattenmeer-Besucherzentrum Norderney). As a marine biologist, she has worked in the fields of research, policy consulting, environmental education and public relations and has traveled to various coasts around the world.

April 22th, 2022 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Judith Zimmermann 


Dr. Jannes Vagts




Since 2016, she is working as labteam leader “Microbiology” at BASF SE, Ludwigshafen. BASF is a company with more than 100.000 co-workers, creating chemistry for a sustainable future.

As Patent Attorney candidate Jannes is working at Eisenführ Speiser since March 2021. Eisenführ Speiser is a full-service IP law firm with a mixed team of specialists including both patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law. At its four locations in Bremen, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg, Eisenführ Speiser serves a broad national and international client base.

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February 25th, 2022 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Nadine Lehnen

Career Insights Online – Careers at Industry:  Thermo Fisher Scientific

As Digital Sales Representative she is now working at Thermo Fisher Scientific since a couple of months. At the Career Insights Online event in September 2020, she got attracted of this job field by the former ICMB alumnus Dr. Marvin Dörries.

December 10th, 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30 

online meeting

Dr. Marten Fischer


Dr. Frank Schreiber

Career Insights Online - German Federal Authorities BSH & BAM

works at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany in a Marine chemistry lab (BSH) in Hamburg

As member of the research staff at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung BAM), Frank is developing his own research program with research on biofilms, single-cell microbiology, and environmental microbiology in the frame of biocide resistance

September 24th, 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting


Dr. Patricia Slabon




Dr. Daniel Thewes



Career Insights Online – Federal authority & national reserach services

Patricia works at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie, BSH) in Hamburg as Hydrographic Surveyor. She reviews seabed data from the North Sea and Baltic Sea e.g. for use in nautical charts but also develops new procedures to acquire and process the data.

Daniel works for the University of Hamburg at the Department of Informatics, as part of the working group scientific computing, which is integrated into the German
Climate Computing Center
(Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, DKRZ). He works with coupled 3D-ecosystem models used for eutrophication assessment.

June 25th, 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Annika Mackensen




Dr. Pelin Yilmaz

Career Insights Online – Advisors in Bioinformatics and Fisheries

works as advisor for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. After her PhD in 2013 she also gained work experience at the WWF.

After her PhD and postdoc in Bioinformatics started her career as advisor at b.experts GmbH and b.value AG to guide company builders from the initial planning to market entry. Since some months she is back in science at the Institut für Künstliche Intelligenz in der Medizin (IKIM).

June 4th, 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Ronja Paffrath




Dr. Markus Kayser

Career insight online - Governmental research & services

works at the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) as research assistant in the Biocides department and reviews whether biocidal products and their active substances pose a risk for the environment.

works for the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) as a project scientist at the Lindenberg Meteorological Observatory – Richard Aßmann Observatory in the ground-based remote sensing department and pilots the implementation of new instruments into the DWD’s operational network.

April 30th, 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting


Dr. Laura Wolter



Dr. Chia-I Huang

Career Insights Online – of ICBM and MPI alumni

is starting her next career step at Thermo Fisher Scientific soon. Currently she is PostDoc at Bioproduction Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.

Medical Advisor Oncology, since February at The Janssen Pharma-ceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. After a PostDoc at BASF, she gained several years of work experience at Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

March 26th, 2021 at 14:00 – 15:30

online meeting


Dr. Nadine Rippert


Dr. Tanja Michler-Cieluch

Career insight online - Science Management

Executive Assistant for Appointment Management
President’s Office, University of Potsdam

Graduate Academy. Leibniz University Hannover

February 26th, 2021 at        14:00 - 15:00

online meeting

Dr. Bevis Fedder


Dr. Laura Verbeek

Career Insights Online – of ICBM and ZMT Alumni

Adviser for Marine Environmental Protection and Pollution Response, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, The Bremen Ministry for Climate Protection, the Environment, Mobility, Urban and Housing Development.

Is working at Deutsches Museum München in an EU-Project and research assistant at Technical University München, AG Heckl, scientific communication. Previously employed at the German Marine Research Consortium, EU Office Brussels.

January 22nd, 2021 at        14:00 - 15:00

online meeting

Dr. Sandra Bertermann


Dr. Mischa Ungermann

Career Insights Online - Companies in Bremen

Sandra and Mischa, after gaining their doctoral degrees in 2013 and 2017, both started their career in companies in the vicinity of Bremen.

Sandra is project coordinator within the Business Area Microbiology & Diagnostics at Bruker Daltonics working closely together with R&D, product management, regulatory affairs, quality management, and finance.

Mischa is working as data scientist at PlanBlue in a team of entrepreneurs and engineers whose mission is to protect, explore and reveal the unknown 95% of our ocean via a cutting-edge technology.

December 4th, 2020 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Hauke Kegler


Dr. Siri Hoppenau

Career Insights Online – of ICBM and ZMT Alumni

Dr. Hauke Kegler: Projektkoordinator (Wissenschaftsmanagement, GIZ-Projekt: New Digital Technologies for Marine Biodiversity Data Handling in East Africa), Leibniz Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung; davor: Projektkoordinator "Green Shipping Niedersachsen"

Dr. Siri Hoppenau is Alumni of ICBM and now working at "   Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesische Wasserverband (OOWV) responsible for Water Management Information and Knowledge Management (Wasserwirtschaftliches Informations- und Wissensmanagement)

November 6th, 2020 at 14:00 - 15:30

online meeting


Dr. Marvin Dörries


Dr. Caroline Coch

Career Insights Online – of ICBM and AWI Alumni

Dr. Marvin Dörries is Alumni of ICBM and now workig as sales manager at Thermo Fischer.

Dr. Caroline Coch is Alumnin of POLMAR and working as polar specialist in sceince and conservation at WWF UK

September 25th, 2020 at 14:00 – 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Helga van der Jagt


Dr. Niels Schoffelen

Career insights online - Ecologigal Consulting:

Helga and Niels both are alumni of the Marine Graduate Schools in Bremen which, after gaining their doctoral degrees in 2018 and 2019, started their career in the field of ecological consulting.

Helga is now working at Bureau Waardenburg bv, The Netherlands, coordinating, executing and analysing large scale environmental monitoring programs for large estuaries.

Niels is working at Royal Haskoning DHV, The Netherlands, providing insight and solutions to guarantee excellent water quality for nature and society.

July 24th, 2020 at 14:00 – 15:30

online meeting

Dr. Hanna Manßen

Hanna is editor and project manager for the Thieme Group in Stuttgart, Germany. She studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the University of Oldenburg and worked as PhD at the ICBM in the group “General and Molecular Microbiology” of Prof. Rabus for the SFB Roseobacter.

June 19th , 2020 at 14:00 – 15:30,

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