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Tea Time – Post-doctoral academic career paths


Doctorate – and then...?
Exploring academic career paths for doctorate holding scientists

Post-doctoral career paths can vary widely, both within and outside academia.

The event series “Tea Time” offers you the opportunity to discuss career options with scientists, who pursued a career in academia. Invited speakers will reflect on their career paths and experiences, and will explain their approach to career planning after finishing their dissertation.

After a brief presentation by our guest, we will give you the opportunity to ask your questions. We will discuss goals and experiences related to the time after defending a dissertation. All questions about career ideas and choices are welcome.

This series is organized by the Leipzig Science Network and Leipzig University (Academic Staff Development at the Department of Research).

Events in 2024

1st Date

Presentation on April 24th, 2024

Location: Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Permoser Straße 15, 04318 Leipzig

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Andreas Macke Prof. Andreas Macke

Prof. Dr. Andreas Macke is Professor for Physics of the Atmosphere at Leipzig University. He serves as director of the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) and heads the Department of Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes. Prof. Dr. Macke studied physics at the University of Cologne and received his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. After research stays in Geesthacht, New York City, Kiel and Munich he conducts his research in Leipzig since 2010. As a leading scientist he partook in the MOSAiC-Expedition 2019-2020 and researched the climate of the Arctic.


Events in 2022

2nd Date

Presentation on December 13th, 2022

Location: Research Academy Leipzig (RAL), Wächterstraße 30, 04107 Leipzig

Speaker: Prof. Beate Schücking Prof. Beate Schücking

Prof. Dr. Beate Schücking studied medicine in Ulm with stays in Paris and New York City and received her doctorate with a thesis in experimental hematology. In 1989 she was appointed Professor of Medicine at the Department of Social Work at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. There she focused on the topics of women's health and social gerontology. After stays in Vienna and Osnabrück, including as Dean of the Department of Health Sciences and Psychology and Vice President for Research and Promotion of Young Academics at the University of Osnabrück, she became Rector of the University of Leipzig on 01.03.2011. She held this office until March 2022.


1st Date

Presentation and lecture on July 11th, 2022

Location: Leibniz Institute for Surface Engineering (IOM), Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig

Format: This time, the brief presentation of our guest speaker will be followed by a lecture on “how to get published?”. This offers an opportunity to learn more about scientific publishing, especially for those who are new to publishing scientific work.

Language: The presentation will be in English. Questions can be asked in English or German.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. André Anders Prof. Dr. André Anders

Prof. Dr. André Anders has a joint appointment as Director of IOM and Professor of Applied Physics at Leipzig University. His specialty is plasma physics and material sciences. He has authored 3 books and more than 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals, which were cited over 20,000 times. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Physics and can thus explain publishing subtleties from the viewpoint of author, reviewer and editor.


Presentation was moved. A new date has to be determined.

Location: Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (GWZ), Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig

Speaker: Prof. James Conant Prof. James Conant

James Conant, born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1958, is Humboldt Professor of Theoretical Philosophy in Leipzig, Germany, and Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Full Professor at the College of the University of Chicago, USA. Conant works widely in the field of philosophy and has published articles on topics including philosophical logic, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, German idealism, and the history of analytic philosophy, as well as interpretations on a wide range of philosophers, including Descartes, Kant, Emerson, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Josiah Royce, William James, Frege, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Putnam, Cavell, Rorty, Stroud, and McDowell, to name a few.


Events in 2021

1st Date

Presentation on November 3rd, 2021

Location: Online

Speaker: Prof. Kristin Rebien Prof. Kristin Rebien

Prof. Kristin Rebien is Associate Professor of German and European Studies at San Diego State University, California (USA). She studied German Studies and Political Science at Leipzig University and received her doctorate in German Studies from Stanford University. Her research examines the interface between literature and politics, philosophy, and the visual arts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Her recent focus has been on concepts of European unity in German literature since 1945.


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