Do you know where you are heading? What are your professional goals? And are you still on the right track to get there?

Since 2020, the Postdoc Academic Career Support (PACT) Center has been the central point of contact for all postdoctoral scientists in temporary employment at GEOMAR. The goal of PACT is to support you in your individual career planning and development and to show perspectives for professional careers after the doctorate, both for an academic career and for career opportunities outside academia.

It is not only in these times that situations may arise in which another opinion can help. For this purpose GEOMAR offers the consulting service Corrente. This service can be used anonymously and free of charge.

We also welcome your own ideas and suggestions for events and topics that we can implement in PACT. Feel free to contact us by e-mail. Of course, all requests will be treated confidentially.

We look forward to getting to know you!

Your PACT Team


      Jun 3, 2022, 11 - 12:30 h, GEOMAR Westshore, Room DW20 - R.075

  • Postdoc Lunch: Networking (with lunch, in person)

     Jun 14, 2022, 12:30 - 14 h, GEOMAR east bank

      Jun 21, 2022: Heisenberg-Programm (in German)

  • Scientific Retreat | Save the date

      Sept 22, 2022, Kiel


      Jun 28 - 29, 2022, registration at pact-event(at)

      Jun 30 - Jul 1, 2022, registration at pact-event(at)

      Sept 6 - 7 + Oct 10, 2022, registration at pact-event(at)


Past Events

  • April 28, 2022, 9 - 16 h

    Virtual Career Day "Transition Possible - Career Perspectives for Postdocs"

    At the first joint career day "Transition Possible - Career Perspectives for Postdocs" of the postdoc career centers of the Helmholtz institutes DESY, DZNE, GEOMAR, HZDR, IPP and KIT, 216 participants came together to inform themselves about career paths outside academia.

    After an inspiring talk by Tina Persson, representatives from BASF, BOSCH, Ginkgo Analytics, NaWik and the German Scholars Organization discussed possible career paths for postdocs outside of science in a panel discussion. Afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to talk to representatives of individual companies, science management and science communication, as well as former postdocs employed there, and to gain insights into their working lives and companies. In the afternoon, eight workshops were offered, in which the participants could inform themselves in detail about various topics of career planning, job search and the application process.

    The career day was characterized by an atmosphere of optimism, which gave the participating postdocs the feeling of being sought after on the job market and highlighted the special skills they had acquired during their scientific careers. The focus was also on the motivation to actively plan and pursue career paths outside of academia.

  • Postdoc Event (joint event with CAU Kiel)

    At regular postdoc events, young scientists in leading positions present their career paths, working methods and research areas.

    The event, which is jointly organized by PACT and the CAU Postdoc Center, takes place on the first Friday of every month and offers postdoctoral researchers a forum for networking and professional exchange. The event is also open to Master students, doctoral candidates and other interested researchers.

    Past Events:

    March 4, 2022 - Olivia Roth, CAU

    February 4, 2022 - David Needham, GEOMAR

    December 3, 2021 - Meike Stumpp, CAU

    November 5, 2021 - Felix Elling, CAU

    September 3, 2021 - Nadine Mengis, GEOMAR

    June 4, 2021 -  Morelia Urlaub, GEOMAR

    May 7, 2021 - Julia Gottschalk,  CAU

    March 5, 2021 - Aaron Micaleff, GEOMAR/Malta

    February 5, 2021 - Christian Baatz, CAU