FAU Postdoc-Day

Invitation to the first FAU Postdoc Day

The FAU Postdoc Day on 9 March 2020 has been cancelled and will be postponed to a later date. The new date will be announced later.

FAU is organising its first FAU Postdoc Day. Postdoctoral researchers at FAU are welcome to attend the event on Monday, 9 March 2020, Hörsaalzentrum, Ulmenweg 18 in Erlangen.

With the motto ‘How to become a professor’, the event will address the factors that are decisive for a career portfolio for an academic career at a university, provide insights into the ‘job interview’ that usually takes place behind closed doors and discuss the current options for qualifying as a professor. During the get together after the presentations, representatives from FAU’s services will be available to provide careers advice.

  • How can I develop my career portfolio so that my application for a professorship is successful?
  • What can I expect in the meeting with the appointment committee? How can I present myself successfully and introduce myself effectively?
  • Which path to becoming a professor is suitable for me?
  • Which services are available for postdocs at FAU?

The registration deadline for participation in the FAU Postdoc Day has expired on 14 February 2020 – registrations are no longer possible.

Event objectives

The purpose of the event is to provide you with some ideas for planning your academic career, to show you what support FAU provides for postdoctoral researchers and to offer a forum for exchanging ideas and information.

Gain some input and ideas for your path to becoming a professor at presentations and interactive workshops, get in touch with experts from the services provided by FAU and talk to professors who have already been appointed.

Target group

The FAU Postdoc Day is aimed at postdoctoral researchers after gaining their doctoral degrees up to and including habilitation/W1 professorship level.


1.30 pm


2 pm


Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Präsident der FAU
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Paulsen, Vizepräsident People

2.15 pm


Developing Your Portfolio for an Academic Career

Dr. Beate Scholz, Scholz CTC GmbH

3.15 pm


Workshop 1: Insights into the appointment procedure – the interview with the appointment committee    

Fictional FAU appointment committee with members of various faculties

Experienced members of FAU appointment committees simulate job interviews for fictional appointment procedures in the Faculties of Medicine/Sciences/Engineering. Two workshop participants will be able to take part in such a simulated job interview and receive feedback. Please indicate during registration if you would like to take part. Participants will be selected according to the order in which applications are received.

Presenter: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Paulsen

Workshop 2: Paths to becoming a professor – which is the right one for me?

The paths to a professorship currently available and the formal aspects of the appointment procedure will be explained during various presentations. In the interactive section of the workshop, newly-appointed professors to FAU will describe their experiences of the appointment procedure and will be available to answer any questions.

Dr. Anke Burkhardt, Institute of Higher Education Research, University of Halle-Wittenberg: Postdoc-Phase im Wandel. Beschäftigungsbedingungen und berufliche Perspektiven in der Wissenschaft

Karolin Benker, Heike Mertin, Office of Faculty Recruitment at FAU: Formale Aspekte des Berufungsverfahrens

FAU professorsReports on individual paths to becoming a professor

Presenter: Prof. Dr. Lars Bräuer

4.45 pm

Get together: An introduction to services available at FAU

During the get together after the main event, you will have the opportunity to talk to representatives of various FAU services, such as:

  • Office of Research Career Development and Graduate Centre
  • Office of Research Strategy
  • Centre for Continuing Education in University-Level Teaching (Fortbildungszentrum Hochschullehre)
  • Office of Faculty Recruitment
  • Office of Equality and Diversity
  • Family Service
  • Central Office for International Affairs
  • Outreach
  • Alumni management
  • Research and internationalisation representatives from the five FAU faculties


If you have any questions about the event, please contact

Dr. Annette Grohmann

Referentin Präsidialbüro / Vizepräsident People
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen