Career Support at GEOMAR

In addition to the courses offered by PACT, various continuing education and support programs offered by CAU Kiel and other providers are accessible through the PACT Center. In addition, we offer language courses as well as target group-oriented coaching as needed as part of our internal continuing education program. If you would like to take advantage of these, please contact us.

Cost coverage by PACT generally requires prior consultation and must be applied for in advance. Training courses at the CAU are also subject to a fee for GEOMAR employees. Please contact us for an appointment.

Foster Young Ocean Researcher Development (FYORD)

FYORD is a joint cooperation between Christian-Albrechts University and GEOMAR. The program supports the development of young marine scientists by enabling young researchers from master students to postdocs to take the next step towards a successful career in marine topics. It is open to all doctoral researchers and postdocs at GEOMAR. Events are announced on the website.


Inhouse Support

  • PACT offers

    - Individual career counseling

    - CV checks for applications in academic and non-academic environments

    - Workshops and courses on request

    Feel free to contact us regarding your own needs and issues!

  • At GEOMAR, we provide support in all questions of research funding: identifying the appropriate funding instruments for project ideas, determining the resource requirements, designing the application to fit exactly, and, in the case of successful applications, answering questions about project implementation. We provide information on current developments and calls for proposals, and hold information events on funding instruments and programs ourselves or with external speakers. In these tasks, we are in close contact with national and international advisory bodies.

  • To safeguard and boost innovation activities and thus maintain the competetiveness of the increasingly science-based German national economy, it is crucial to facilitate an efficient cooperation between scientific institutions and commercial enterprises.

    As a site of cutting-edge research, GEOMAR has a high innovative potential. GEOMAR technology transfer addresses the tasks of identifying potential pieces of innovation, securing them and accompanying commercial application. We serve as a central point of contact for science as well as industry. Industry partners will be supported in getting access to the latest scientific results.

    We offer

    - advice concerning funding programmes
    - assistance in finding partners and initiating projects for cooperation
    - technology marketing
    - support in securing intellectual property and
    - support in the search for license partners

  • The Women‘s Executive Board aims at fostering a modern equal opportunity-oriented culture at GEOMAR through equal participation of men and women at all levels and would also like to promote and encourage qualified and motivated women to stay in science.

    This will be achieved through the following:

    • Recognition and presentation of professionally successful women,
    • Support of career paths and perspectives for women,
    • Promotion of transparent decision and communication structures,
    • Assistance to implement the cascade model,
    • Advisory service to GEOMAR decision makers with regard to gender balance.
  • The creation of equal opportunities for women and man is seen as a basic condition for successful talent management by the Helmholtz Association. Only a fair selection process of the best candidates will keep research in Germany internationally competitive and fit for the future.

    Dr. Ulrike Schroller-Lomnitz and Kristin Hamann are focusing on the following key aspects in 2019 as equal opportunity officiers:

    • participation in the hiring process at GEOMAR
    • improvement of work-life-balance and family-friendly work conditions
    • career advancement of highly qualified women and availability of advanced training for GEOMAR staff
    • development of a modern and transparent corporate culture at GEOMAR


  • The Helmholtz Mentoring Program is starting this year with a revised concept and a new name: While the program was initially designed as a targeted development measure for women to prepare them for taking on a management position, the new mentoring program „Helmholtz Advance“ is aimed at employees of any gender. This opening is accompanied by a doubling of the available places and takes into account the new orientation of the program: In the future, the focus will be on individual support in critical phases of professional decision-making, oriented above all to the central need in the target group of postdocs as well as employees in administration and infrastructure in the parallel career phase. On the other hand, the program will in future also pursue the goal of promoting discussion of and awareness of diversity issues.


Advanced training

  • --- Please contact us if you are interested in any of the following courses! ---


    PACT Grant Writing for Scientists Course

    --- Next course: Sept 6-7 and Oct 10, 2022; places available ---

    Acquiring third-party funding is an important prerequisite for a career in science. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, professors in the natural sciences at German universities raised an average of €354,000 in third-party funding in 2018.

    Against this background, and at your explicit request in the needs survey, PACT is hosting an online Grant Writing Course. The course will be held in English.

    Next course: Sept 6-7 and Oct 10, 2022

    Registration at pact-event(at)

    12-16 participants


    Helmholtz Career and Leadership Course

    --- Next course: January 18+19, 2023, few free places ---

    The aim of this course is to provide postgraduate researchers with an opportunity to build their understanding, skills and confidence in the key areas of career planning, career development and the development of their leadership style.

    By the end of the course participants should:

        Have a clear understanding of the key elements of leadership.
        Feel empowered to be authentic in their leadership style.
        Have experienced a range of leadership styles through working with colleagues.
        Understand career planning and how to take ownership of the process.
        Have an understanding of the skills and competencies organisations require.
        Feel equipped to participate in selection processes.

    Next course: January 18+19, 2023

    Registration at pact-event(at)


    Group Coaching / Gruppencoaching

    (Sorry: This class is a pilot project and will initially take place exclusively in German.)

    Was kann ich noch – außer Forschung? Berufliche Alternativen entdecken

    The goal of the workshop is to get some initial ideas about what kind of job opportunities are possible outside of academic research.

    In two online sessions of max. 120 minutes each, we will take a new look at job opportunities outside of academic research. We will look at transferable skills and develop first alternative job ideas.

    Working methods:      group work and lectures

    Participants:               max. 12 participants – for Postdocs (0-4 years after PhD)

    Location:                     online via Zoom

    Duration:                     2 dates à 120 minutes (Nov 12+19, 2021, 13:00 - 15:00)

    Trainer:                       Anja Worm / Coaching & Beratung, An der Halle 400#1, 24143 Kiel,

  • HIDA – Helmholtz Information & Data Science Academy – is Germany's largest postgraduate education network in information and data sciences.

    The HIDA event calendar offers information about events in the field of Information & Data Science organized by HIDA, by Helmholtz Centers and by our partners.

  • Enabling Open Science practices in Helmholtz!

    In order to promote the Open Science idea at the Helmholtz centers, active contact is maintained with scientists as well as the libraries, computer centers and management of the centers. Regular workshops, lectures, discussions and publications provide information on the opportunities and challenges of Open Science.

  • There is no doubt, climate change is menmade.

    We therefore currently face an incredibly great challenge that we have brought upon ourselves, namely, curbing the causes of climate change as quickly and sustainably as possible while finding ways to adapt to a world experiencing massive transformations.

    The Helmholtz Climate Initiative focuses on the two main clusters Net Zero 2050 (mitigation) and Adapting to Extreme Events (adaptation).

    Media training is organised on a regular basis in order to train the competences for this. 2 Trainings and contents below. Get in contact  if you are interested.

    Basic media training (two full days)

    This training is a workshop on two consecutive days (each full day). Participants will learn which aspects of climate research are particularly interesting for different media from print, radio, TV and how they can help to ensure that topics are presented in a way that is appropriate for the media and yet correct. This includes questions such as: How can I write or formulate in a generally understandable way? How do I get to the heart of a message? How do editors select their topics? What rights do I have when dealing with the media? The trainer also gives tricks for dealing with the microphone and in front of the camera. The basic media training is compact and with different theoretical and practical exercises on site a very good basis for dealing with journalists.


    Online moderation of Meetings and Conversation Formats (2 mornings)

    Meetings without a clear focus, stakeholder events with limited insight. What's already problematic in real meetings can get worse online. On two consecutive mornings, we will provide professional tips on how to make online facilitation effective.We will introduce various tools, and each participant will also moderate themselves - either a session or one of two role-plays.  Participants can practice what they have learned and receive feedback on their moderation. Contents: The moderator's attitude, role clarification, moderation cycle, tools for online moderation, dealing with difficult moderation situations, tips for moderating large groups.

  • The Continuing Professional Development Center at CAU offers a comprehensive range of courses for personal continuing education. The courses are free of charge for CAU employees. External persons (also GEOMAR employees) can participate in the courses for a fee. Please contact us in advance regarding possible cost coverage.

    Here you will find continuing education opportunities specifically for postdocs.

    Here you will find seminars of the CAU Career Center for the summer semester 2022.

    Click here to go directly to the course booking portal.

  • Finding funding for your own research group

    What possibilities are there for funding your first own research group? Each day during the lunch hours three different funding agencies will presented their programs. Focus will be on the application process and on the scope of funding.In addition, successful applicants will give insight into their personal experiences with the application-process.There will be time for questions.

    Register here:
    •    Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, 12 – 1pm: Zoom into the Emmy Noether Programme
    •    Wednesday, June 30th, 2021, 12 - 1pm: Zoom into ERC-starting grants
    •    Thursday, July 1st, 2021, 12 – 1pm: Zoom into BMBF-funded junior research groups

    Please register for the respective presentation until June 23rd, 2021.The link and access code for ZOOM will be sent to you shortly before the appointment. The events are hosted by WWU Münster Research Funding Support SAFIR.


    GSO/GAIN Stammtisch-Spezial: Transferable Skills for academia and beyond

    Was sind eigentlich Stärken und wie kommuniziert man diese? Wir identifizieren Skill-Sets von Wissenschaftler*innen und geben Hinweise, wie diese für andere Sektoren übersetzt werden können.

    •    Wir geben einen kurzen Input zu "Transferable Skills" und wie ihr eure Fähigkeiten identifizieren und benennen könnt.
    •    In Breakout-Räumen testen wir dann eine Storytelling-Methode. Unsere Sparringpartner*innen Dr. Katharina von Knop und Dr. Mridul Agrawal unterstützen dabei.
    •    Am Ende sammeln wir die Ergebnisse - ihr habt dann eine Liste eurer Skills, auf die ihr aufbauen könnt.

    Zur Event-Anmeldung

    Die GSO/GAIN Stammtische werden gemeinschaftlich von den beiden Partnerorganisationen German Scholars Organization (GSO) und dem German Academic International Network (GAIN) unterstützt und begleitet.



Events & Seminars

  • In this seminar, we will guide you through the most important things we think you should keep in mind during your postdoc phase. Are you drifting through the postdoc or are you using your time as a postdoc to build skills and gain experience for your next step? Is the decision to do a postdoc a well thought out, active decision?

    Come and reflect on this. Own your career.

    Target group: Postdocs 0-4 years after the doctorate

    Time: 1,5 hours virtual seminar

    When: on demand

    Registration needed - Contact us directly

  • Every 1st Friday of the month from 11:00 - 12:00h, virtual

    This format is intended to provide a forum for postdoctoral researchers for networking and professional exchange across interested postdocs of all faculties and partner institutions. In these events early career academics in leading positions will present their professional development, working methods and fields of research.

    The event is also open to Master students, PhD candidates and other interested researchers.

    Please contact us for login details - pact(at)

  • Deutsche Welle has an online portal with German courses at different levels and for different languages. To improve listening comprehension, there is current news with subtitles, reports and idioms in German. There is even an easy-to-understand telenovela.

    The Goethe Institute also offers German online courses.

  • Germany’s largest independent research funding organisation offers funding opportunities for all career stages between doctorate and professorship. Join the online talk and get to know the DFG and its funding portfolio for postdocs.

    They offer an overview of all funding instruments for the time after your PhD as well as specific focus talks on the Walter Benjamin Programme, the Emmy Noether Programme and the Heisenberg Programme. They will also provide advice on how to prepare your proposal for the review process and answer your questions. PhD candidates and postdocs of all disciplines are welcome to join!

    Upcoming talks in the Prospects Series:

    • 12/10/2022, 2 - 3:30 p.m. CET - DFG Funding Opportunities for Scientific Careers (in German)
    • 13/12/2022, 2 - 3:30 p.m. CET
      Walter Benjamin-Programm (in German)
    • 09/01/2023, 4:30 - 6 p.m. CET
      DFG Funding Opportunities for Postdocs (in English)
    • 15/03/2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. CET
      Emmy Noether-Programm (in German)
    • 03/05/2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. CET
      DFG-Förderangebote für wissenschaftliche Karrieren (in German)
    • 23/05/2023, 4:30 - 6 p.m. CET
      Walter Benjamin Programme (in English)
    • 05/06/2023, 2 - 3:30 p.m. CET
      Heisenberg-Programm (in German)
    • 21/09/2023, 4:30 - 6 p.m. CET
      DFG Funding Opportunities for Postdocs (in English)
    • 25/09/2023, 4:30 - 6 p.m. CET
      Emmy Noether Programme (in English)
    • 10/11/2023, 1:30 - 3 p.m. CET
      Walter Benjamin-Programm (in German)
    • 12/12/2023, 2:30 - 4 p.m. CET
      DFG-Förderangebote für wissenschaftliche Karrieren (in German)


    Link list pertaining to the Prospects presentation “DFG Funding Opportunities for Postdocs” on July 5, 2022