Principles of Effective Career Support in Academia

As the largest research funding organisation and the central self-governing body for research in Germany, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) attaches great importance to promoting researchers at an early stage of their career and has established this as a statutory objective.

Career paths

OLTECH – Career paths in Science, Medicine and Technology

...And all of a sudden, your doctoral project is almost complete…

You have mastered complex experiments and data analyses, talks in front of large audiences, the business of publishing your results and you are looking forward to your doctoral defence. But what will come next? A tricky question sometimes, as there are either too many different paths you could take or the prospects seem far too vague. Some guidance would be helpful, and this is exactly what OLTECH’s new event series is about.

Career paths in Science, Medicine and Technology” offers you the chance to meet OLTECH alumni and other role models, to hear from their experiences, and to interact with them. You will learn about a variety of career paths and get insights into different areas of work, in particular jobs outside of academia. Our guest speakers will talk about their current position, the moves that got them there, the relevance of skills acquired during their doctoral studies and will be ready for your questions.

The event series is a joint initiative of all doctoral study programmes of OLTECH. All doctoral students are welcome!


Format: Online event. Two guests present their careers paths. Each presentation consists of a 20-minute talk and 10 minutes are reserved for questions and discussion. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to chat with the guest speakers in a more informal atmosphere.
Date: First Tuesday of each month, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Registration: via Stud.IP



Background / Institution / Postition


Dr. Sebastian Breuer


Dr. Ulrike Brandt-Bohne

Lab Head HTS & Project Leader at pRED at Roche. Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives.

She is editor of the portal She is biologist working in the field of science communication as a moderator, author and is active on NaWik (Nationale Institut für Wissenschaftskommunikation).




Dr. Imke Tiessen


Dr. Antje Cordshagen


Scientific Executive Assistant at Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen

Leitung Qualitätsmanagement, Informationsbeauftragte und Koordinatorin bei Gesellschaft für Transplantationsmedizin



Dr. Rosanna Schöneich Argent


Dr. Bianca Brüggen


former member of ICBM working Group Geoecology. Now working at Landesverband Niedersachsen, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND), Friends of the Earth Germany, project leader "Kommunaler Wettbewerb - Köpfchen statt Kunststoff".

former member of IBU working group Neurosensorik/Animal Navigation. Now working at Chimera Biotec GmbH as project manager, providing Bioanalytical Support in Drug Development


(Changed: 2022-01-13)