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.

OLTECH Network of Alumni and Active doctoral candidates

Join our LinkedIn group "OLTECH Network of Alumni and Active doctoral candidates". With the group we want to bring together current OLTECH PhD candidates with former OLTECH members, provide opportunities for networking, exchange and news.

Career insights online

The 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.

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


We are planning further OLTECH - Career paths in Science, Medicine and Technology events on the following dates in 2024: 

02.07.2024 / 15.10.2024. The speakers will be announced at least one month in advance.



Background / Institution / Postition

07.05.2024 Dr. Janina Leinberger

Janina is working at QIAGEN Düsseldorf, in the area of Research and Development with a PhD Microbiology. Qiagen is the world's leading provider of sample preparation and testing technologies for research in life sciences, applied testing and molecular diagnostics.


Jens-Steffen Scherer


Daniel Hölle

Jens is working at the department of scientific communication, Knowledge transfer, at University of Oldenburg

Daniel is working as science communicator at European Science Communication Institute gGmbH, Oldenburg

06.02.2024 Dr. Leon Dlugosch

Leon Dlugosch is a data scientist @ xValue GmbH | His interets are Bioinformatics, Statistics, Machine learning, (R) Programming, Data engineering in Life Science | Microbiome Enthusiast


Founding and Innovation Center of the University of Oldenburg (GIZ)


Founder of GmbH

The Founding and Innovation Center of the University of Oldenburg (GIZ) is a central contact point for employees from universities all over north-western Germany, who are interested in starting their own business. It offers professional advice, coaching and further qualification opportunities to help them on their way toward their own start-up.

The Startup and Innovation Center (GIZ) is the first contact point for all students, researchers, employees and alumnae of the University, that are interested in starting a business or working as a freelancer. We offer professional advice, coaching, events and workshops as well as mentors. Furthermore we support you with setting up a business model, applying for funding and finding team members.

Since 2020, Franziska Gloeden is a startup consultant at the GIZ and will be able to answer your questions on how to build up a business.

17.10.2023 Dr. René Neuholz

René Neuholz is a researcher at Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) in the department of quality assurance and cyber-physical systems. Major tasks deal with industry-related production processes and the digitalized inline quality control methods (e.g. painting processes in aerospace or automotive industry) either as direct industry R&D contract or as public funded research projects.

Furthermore René is co-responsible for setting up the new Offshore Drone Campus Cuxhaven ODCC for the development and testing of various offshore-drone systems, which can be used for offshore services such as inspection of wind turbines, search and rescue missions or transport of material.

Fraunhofer IFAM is one of Europe's most important independent research institutes in the fields of adhesive bonding technology, surfaces, shaping and functional materials. Products and technologies primarily address industries of particular importance for future viability: mobility, aviation, energy, maritime technologies as well as medical technology and life sciences. However, processes developed at the institute are also used in other sectors of industry, such as mechanical and plant engineering, electronics and electrical engineering, shipbuilding and rail vehicle construction, or the packaging and construction industries.

05.09.2023 Dr. Lena Eipert Sivantos GmbH / WS Audiology (hearing aid industry). Dr. Eipert is working as senior scientist (Scientific Audiology Team) with duties in definition, coordination, and implementation of research projects and collaborations.
06.06.2023 Dr. Arne Lüdemann

Senior Product Specialist & Senior Technical Certifier, Medical Device Market, Approval and Certificationat, TÜV Süd AG, München



Dr. Lena Dübbel



Dr. Melanie Wallisch

Head of laboratory of the University clinic of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, with an immunological and oncological focus. She is building, organizing and leading the laboratory for Prof. Malik, chief physician of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Klinikum Oldenburg.

TÜV NORD EnSys GmbH & Co. KG; Sachverständige Produktkontrolle radioaktiver Abfälle. Als Sachverständige in der Produktkontrolle radioaktiver Abfälle prüfe ich geplante Konditionierungsverfahren und anfallende radioaktive Abfälle auf Einhaltung der Endlagerungsbedingungen um Mensch und Umwelt vor den Gefahren ionisierender Strahlung zu schützen.



Florian Carius 




Dr. Ronja Pafffrath

Environmental education: Florian Carius is Head of Department for Communications and Research of the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park Authority based in Wilhelmshaven. Furthermore, he is affiliated to the Bremen City University of Applied Sciences as Adjunct Lecturer for Protected Area Tourism. His academic background extends to the fields of tourism, sustainability and development.”


works at the Federal Office for Chemicals in Dortmund in the section Authorisation of Biocides. Before she was working at the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) as research assistant in the Biocides department and reviewing whether biocidal products and their active substances pose a risk for the environment.

11.10.2022 Dr. Kai Flathmann

Kai Flathmann is working at KPMG International Limited, a multinational professional services network, and one of the Big Four accounting organizations. To quantify their risks, banks use mathematical models to estimate, among other things, the effects of risk factors (e.g. customer behaviour) on the key figures relevant to them. The regulatory framework stipulates that the appropriateness of the methods and procedures used must be checked by validation independent of the model development.This is done, for example, with the help of statistical tests, sensitivity analyses and comparisons with challenger models. External consultants are often asked to assist with this task.


Dr. rer. nat. Jannes Vagts 

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.



Dr. Ayham Zedan

Dr. Miriam Ruddigkeit

Dr. Ayham Zedan is working at CryTek GmbH, Frankfurt a.M. as video game Data analyst / data engineer with tasks in database construction, analysis solutions and product management of a computer gaming engine.

Dr. Miriam Ruddigkeit is Senior Specialist Product Development Flexible Foam at BASF Polyurethanes GmbH


Dr. Sebastian Breuer

Dr. Ulrike Brandt-Bohne

Dr. Sebastian Breuer is 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.

Dr. Ulrike Brandt-Bohne is a biologist working in the field of science communication as a trainer at the National Institute for Science Communication. She also contributed as editor of the portal and is a freelance moderator of Science events.


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


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