IMB Postdoc Programme
The IMB Postdoc Programme has recently been established to meet the specific needs of our postdoctoral researchers and to ensure that they are able to build the strongest possible foundation for success in their future careers. The programme provides sound scientific training and career development in the form of theoretical and hands-on training in technical, methodological and transferable skills, involvement and attendance at scientific events at IMB and on campus, and support with raising funds.
Postdocs at IMB have access to a wide variety of training resources, both in terms of scientific and transferrable skills.
Scientific lectures, courses and events
- IMB seminar series featuring lectures from external speakers, many of whom are leaders in their fields
- Weekly internal seminars
- Annual Epigenetics lecture series, which features talks from 37 group leaders across the campus, on the theoretical and practical aspects of epigenetics, from evolution to molecular biology
- Bimonthly Tech Talks, where external speakers discuss the latest technologies and techniques in the life sciences
- Core Facility lectures and practical courses on Bioinformatics, ChIP, FACS, Genomics, Microscopy and Proteomics
- Annual IMB Conference and other events
- Biennial IMB retreats
We offer lectures, workshops and other activities to provide training in a variety of transferable skills, which are vital for a successful career both in and outside academia. These include scientific writing, how to give effective presentations, and leadership and management skills.
IMB recognises the need for career development support for postdocs at this crucial stage in their career. This is provided through various initiatives.
As a matter of course, all postdocs receive day-to-day supervision and advice directly from their Group Leaders. In addition to this, the mentoring scheme offered through the Postdoc Programme at IMB enables postdocs to have focused discussions about their career with knowledgeable senior scientific staff. Mentors will either be an IMB Scientific Director or senior scientist from another institution with significant experience of the challenges of building a career in or outside of academia, who will be able to discuss career options and job applications, and how to prepare for managing your own lab.
Career Days at IMB provide talks, workshops and coaching from a range of potential employers relevant to postdocs, PhD students and undergraduates. The Postdoc Programme also organises talks by representatives from local scientific companies, and has set up company site visits and job shadowing initiatives, so that IMB postdocs have the opportunity to learn more about career opportunities that exist outside of academia. Additionally, the postdoc community at IMB provides training for applications and interview preparation.
Postdocs at IMB are offered full support in their applications for funding. The IMB Grants Office provides assistance with applying for fellowships, as well as project and travel grants.
If you would like to know more about IMB's Postdoc Programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Email us: postdoc(at)imb.de
The Postdoc Programme is an internal programme. If you would like to be a part of it, please contact the group leader whose lab you would be interested in joining. See the research pages for more details of IMB’s groups and the research they do.